Christmas Land

 

I was at a point in my life when the feeling one gets from the Christmas Season begins to fade. So i decided to write a set of Christmas songs with my friend Joey Grijalva. We called our Christmas Album Moon Christmas.

The working title for this song was Christmas Land, looking back I probably should have called this Christmas Show. My original intent when writing this song was to make a story about remembering and hanging on to the good parts of Christmas. To sort of go back to that person you were when you really loved the Christmas holiday

As far as I remember, I composed this in Studio Visions. Brought in Joey Grijalva and John Horne to record with me (on drums). The wonderful backing vocals are Julie Van Duren.

This song was recorded in my (home studio) garage, on a Akai MG1214 aka Akai 12 track.. I used a old studiomaster mixing board (I bought off Chad or John Wackerman), Studio Visions DAW, Quadra 650, assorted 421, 414, sony, and Shure mics, alesis compressors, timecode machine, assorted keyboards, and spx90’s.

The cover photo was Dave Sparks. Im pretty sure I laid out the cassette sleeve via Pagemaker. We had this album pressed at Rainbow Records.

 

Thoughts of Murray Spivack

When I studied with Murray he was in his late 80’s. I was his last student of the day on fridays so it was my job to drive him to Farmers Market get some corned beef and cabbage then go to his apartment and dine with him. During our meals together we would talk about all the famous drummers he had taught, he talked about their skill levels temperament etc. Since I had a personal interest in sound engineering I would pick his brain about his audio career. Murray would talk about which mic Julie Andrews or Barbra Streisand preferred. How he balanced all the rounds in the parade scene of Hello Dolly. I even have some recoardings he made for me from his personal reel to reel of the board mixes from West Side Story. His apartment even had some Hollywood history. It contain his academy award from the original King Kong. And was party central for the likes of actors such as Fred Aster as well as the heads of the major studios.