Here is a little Christmas present from us to you.
It’s an original song Steve just recorded at Jim Peterik‘s World Stage studio called “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll.” This song has taken a long time to get from idea … to song … to studio … to you.
The idea for the song first popped up in the late 90’s when we hosted the “Street Carols” concerts at the Star Plaza Theatre, in Merrillville, Indiana. The promotional tag line for the concerts was “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll.” At the time Steve thought it was a great song title. Morphing from song title to completed song did not happen quickly. Anyone who has written a song knows they don’t always come easy. Proving the point, it was over a decade later that the final verse found it’s way to the song.
It became an annual event around our house to hear the phrase “This year that song will get recorded and be available in time for Christmas.” “This year” would turn into “next year” and “someday” soon became the norm. Well, “someday” turned back into “this year” when, while going over specifics for our hosting The Ides Of March 50th anniversary Christmas concert, at the Arcada Theater, in St. Charles, Jim Peterik told us that he had a small hole in his World Stage studio time. We quickly realized that, if it was going to happen, “someday” needed to turn into NOW.
This past Monday, it did.
Another member of The Ides Of March, Larry Millas, deserves special mention for, along with his musical ability, bringing his significant talents as an engineer to the session. Other than drums, Steve played all the instruments you hear on the recording. It was such a good vibe and enjoyable experience that, after we finish the book we’re writing about Les Paul (Did we tell you we’ve signed with a publisher?) we plan on blocking out more time at World Stage studio to give birth to the album of original songs Steve has been threatening to unleash on the unsuspecting public.
But, that project is in the future and this is NOW.
And right NOW we’ve made “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll” available as a free download on WGN radio’s Steve and Johnnie page.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the song and Santa will recover from the trauma.
While you can listen to the song and download it free, we would ask that you consider making a donation to the WGN Neediest Kids Fund.