About

Christmas Future

2NuOzOuLzLY5jO88FoZ25q

Christmas Brought Me You

The smell of hot chocolate wakes my sleepy head
Rubbing my eyes racing to the living room
The excitement for toys Santa left last night
Its that feeling I get when I’m near you

I’ve got my happy memories
They’re fantastic well told stories
All my little feelings
Like breathtaking amusement rides
Make me glad that Christmas Brought Me You
Christmas Brought Me You

The snow was blowing during that New York day
I bumped you on purpose while window-shopping
Then serendipity played its faithful part
Its that feeling I get when I’m near you

I’m still whispering romantic things in your ear
Like holiday fairytales each day of the year

I’ve got my happy memories
They’re fantastic well told stories
All my little feelings
Like breathtaking amusement rides
Make me glad that Christmas Brought Me You
Christmas Brought Me You

Yuletide Romeo

written by: Pearson/Getz

The weatherman says it looks like snow and a white christmas after all
and every song on my radio is telling me to deck the hall
I took some paper and grabbed a pen for a letter long overdue
though its been awhile since we've been friends
i've a favor to ask of you

the christmas lights (stars above) are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself
santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang sine
or a Yuletide Romeo

Make her funny, well read and wise. custom ordered only for me
A little naughty but oh so nice and delivered christmas eve

the christmas lights (stars above) are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself
santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang sine
or a Yuletide Romeo

Hey Today Is Christmas Day

written by: whitesides/elkins

Hey Today Is Christmas Day
A time for giving love and for receiving
A day for peace to come and for war leaving
For all time

Hey won't you come this way
I'm smiling at the thought at the thought of being together
I wanna keep you near now and forever
And always

Hey Today Is Christmas Day
A time when we pray for healing and loving kindness
Say when night blows away these feelings will stay
We'll make sure our hearts remind us

Hey if you'll come this way
Our hearts will keep us warm in spite of the weather
I wanna feel your soul coming together
With mine

Hey Today Is Christmas Day
A time when we pray for healing and loving kindness
Say when night blows away these feelings will stay
We'll make sure our hearts remind us

Hey Today Is Christmas Day
A time for giving love and for receiving
A day for peace to come and for war leaving
For all time
So stay mine

I Saw Santa Surfing

We all know the story about the North Pole & Santa’s busy elves
Where does Santa go come spring after all those toys he was delivering?
Well my vacation to some sandy shores last May opened my mind
To my surprise there was a man of considerable size

I Saw Santa Surfing
He was Sporting red shorts and a red surfboard
I Saw Santa Surfing
He was paddling into big ol’ waves
I Saw Santa Surfing
Gettin right up and hangin 10
I Saw Santa Surfing

While he was out in the ocean splashing around on the beach
Mrs. Claus had a drink and was taking pictures of her Jolly man
From under an umbrella trying to avoid getting a deep dark tan
Everything we’ve heard is true they’re happy those jovial two

I Saw Santa Surfing
He was Sporting red shorts and a red surfboard
I Saw Santa Surfing
He was paddling into big ol’ waves
I Saw Santa Surfing
Gettin right up and hangin 10
I Saw Santa Surfing

Christmas At The Isthmas

written by: payne
I was bored after Thanksgiving I needed something more
My travel agent mentioned somewhere I’d never been before
He said south of Costa Rica, North of Bogota
Is a lovely little country known as Panama (ha ha ha, ha ha ha)

Goodbye Macy’s goodbye baby So long Christmas white
We’ll see how that canal looks all decked out in Christmas lights
I hope those big mosquitoes won’t mess with our libdo’s
By striking where our speedo’s won’t quite reach

We’re spending Christmas at the Istmas what a glorious place
Where the jungle meets the ocean and the sunshine beats upon your face
I can hear those friendly insects singing carols in my ear
Yes it’s Christmas at the Istmas this year

Santa there’s no chimney’s no squeezing down that tiny space
In this sweltering humidity who needs a fireplace?
Your complexion will get plundered even with SPF 100
And it makes you stop and wonder how Noriega’s looks so good

We’re spending Christmas at the Istmas what a glorious place
Where the jungle meets the ocean and the sunshine beats upon your face
Santa’s gonna have to put some shades on his reindeer
When he spends Christmas at the Istmas this year

I could have been to Bethlehem to see the holy city there
Or spend chuanka in Santa Monica or new years in Times Square

Blame it on the tomburrito or those jungles wet with rain
Or those pigeons dropping guano like seasons greetings on my window pane
And the chance to catch malaria inside that canals own area
While lost in the hysteria of it all

We’re spending Christmas at the Istmas what a glorious place
Where the jungle meets the ocean and the sunshine beats upon your face
Imagine our excitement waking up on Christmas morn
Oh but I think that possibly maybe next year we’ll just go around cape horn dear
Instead of spending Christmas at the Istmas next year

Jungle bells…

Christmas To Unwind

Flakes of snow gently fall outside
We’re deep within our easy chairs
A little popcorn and some hot cider
It’s A wonderful life is on the screen

Tonight is just between us
Our Christmas to Unwind
Our Christmas to Unwind
Our Christmas to Unwind
And the fire that warms our hearts
A Christmas to Unwind
A Christmas to Unwind
A Christmas to Unwind

Cold winds swirl in the hills and trees
The little ones are fast asleep
Our work is a million miles away
While Santa is busy spreading out toys

Tonight is just between us
Our Christmas to Unwind
Our Christmas to Unwind
Our Christmas to Unwind
And the fire that warms our hearts
A Christmas to Unwind
A Christmas to Unwind
A Christmas to Unwind

Scrooge Comes Around

(imagine your own story here)

When Christmas Lights Up

I can still feel the winter air upon my cherry cheeks
As the snow creeps through the sky I hold out my tongue
Walking hand in hand with my family on the New York streets
Like many others heading to Rockefeller Center
Street vendors out in force with Chestnuts and hot dogs boiling
Everyone is greeting each other with holiday cheer
On the rink below I can see the skaters gliding effortlessly
My favorite time of the year is summed up in Christmas Eve

There's a power on all those beaming faces
When Christmas Lights Up
And all those decorations twinkling on the tree
When Christmas Lights Up

That Norwegian Spruce gives its hopes to children everywhere
With its miles of lights and the shining star in the Big Apple
I could wish to get as many toys as it would bear to hold
But that doesn’t compare in size the that joy giving brings

There's a power on all those beaming faces
When Christmas Lights Up
And all those decorations twinkling on the tree
When Christmas Lights Up

Sharing For Christmas

I’ve made my list I’m checking it twice
To see which kid has been naughty or nice
I’m off to the Stores I’m getting them gifts
To match my peers and keep it smooth with the wife

Its only mid-December I never remember
Traffic ever being so bad the malls ever being so packed

Santa’s got it so good
As the holiday spirit guide
Sharing for Christmas
Santa’s got so much cheer
With those elves by his side
Sharing for Christmas

I’ve got the goodies they’re all wrapped to go
I want my wife under the mistletoe

Its only mid-December I never remember
Traffic ever being so bad the malls being so packed

Santa’s got it so good
As the holiday spirit guide
Sharing for Christmas
Santa’s got so much cheer
With those elves by his side
Sharing for Christmas

We'd Like To Wish You

Ooh, let’s all live
Ooh

Silent little white miracles
Spread their way across the land
This peaceful longing reminds us
Winter ‘s here Santa ‘s close at hand

About the house without stirrin’ a mouse
Our man of mystery bears a gift or three
For those who not been naughty
Regardless of fate it’s done without hate
Then he’s up the flu faster than anyone can move

We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas
We love having you here
We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas
We love having you here

I am a poor boy I have no gift to bring
But can I play for you on my drum
I’ll play my drum for you I’ll play my best for you
Then you can smile with me and my drum

Those sleigh bells ring and the chimney sings
One can never spread enough care
For it’s the heart that brings all those meaningful things
Joy and love and wonderful times to share

We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas
We love having you here
We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas
We love having you here

Liner Notes:

Christmas Brought Me You:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Yuletide Romeo:
Writers: Kerry Getz, Stuart Pearson
Publisher: Dick and Jane Music, Margie & Art Publishing
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Hey Today Is Christmas Day:
Writers: Jody Whitesides, Johnny Elkins
Publishers: Too Much Music, Johnny Elkins Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

I Saw Santa Surfing:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Guitar Solo: Ben Carey
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Christmas At The Isthmas:
Writer: Harold Payne
Publisher: Harold Payne Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Christmas To Unwind:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Scrooge Comes Around:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

When Christmas Lights Up:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Sharing For Christmas:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

We'd Like To Wish You:
Writer: Jody Whitesides
Publisher: Too Much Music
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides, Jeff Van Dyke
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Trivia:

Christmas Brought Me You:
Meaning: What happens when the holiday brings the love of your life.
Trivia bit #1: Written in summer.
Trivia bit #2: Took a while to learn to sing and play the guitar at the same time.

Yuletide Romeo:
Meaning: Missing a special someone during the holidays.
Trivia bit #1: Loved hearing my friends play their song so I wanted to cover it.
Trivia bit #2: The line about stars winking at me is great.

Hey Today Is Christmas Day:
Meaning: A wistful look at being peaceful during the holiday.
Trivia bit #1: First of two christmas songs I've written with Johnny.
Trivia bit #2: Never performed this song live.

I Saw Santa Surfing:
Meaning: Exposes Santa for what he does in his vacation time.
Trivia bit #1: Guitar solo is performed by Lifehouse guitarist Ben Carey.
Trivia bit #2: Was the first song I've written where I invited another guitar player to solo on.

Christmas At The Isthmas:
Meaning: Spending the holiday in a part of the world where there is no snow.
Trivia bit #1: I did a cover of this because I spent a christmas in Mexico without snow.
Trivia bit #2: I've never been stung by mosquitos in winter.

Christmas To Unwind:
Meaning: Spending a little downtime with that special someone.
Trivia bit #1: Makes me think of my University graduation movie project.
Trivia bit #2: The simple nature of the guitar part is actually quite hard.

Scrooge Comes Around:
Meaning: Instrumental version of the famous tale.
Trivia bit #1: Lots of sampled sounds in this.
Trivia bit #2: Last song to be recorded for all 30 tracks in this release.

When Christmas Lights Up:
Meaning: Enjoying moments of childhood during the holidays.
Trivia bit #1: I've never eaten a roasted chestnut.
Trivia bit #2: I did grow up in New York at a young age.

Sharing For Christmas:
Meaning: Overload of stress when attempting to be a "good" consumer at Christmas.
Trivia bit #1: I never shop for things way ahead of time.
Trivia bit #2: I've yet to be married for a holiday.

We'd Like To Wish You:
Meaning: A mixture of things that all describe Christmas.
Trivia bit #1: Written years before I thought of doing the 3 CD set.
Trivia bit #2: Vast majority of the recording is from the demo I originally did.