Did you ever do something, realizing that once you finished the project, there was absolutely nothing you could do with it? I think it’s a pretty common problem with anyone who creates anything.
Case in point, my brain wouldn’t let me rest until I had a produced version of my original song “Christmas in Sacramento.” No one will ever publish it, no radio station will play it (not being negative, just realistic)and no other artist will probably ever perform it. It may well be the only Sacramento-themed Christmas Song. I’m very proud of my current hometown and wanted to show it.
I simply had to quiet the creative impulse to do it. So it’s finished, I’m about $1,000 poorer (musicians and studio time), and there you have it. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I wrote the song last year when I was chosen to play at the Sacramento Airport during the holidays. I was able to perform the day before Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas for arriving passengers. It was a blast! Right before my first performance, I was told that since this was for the City of Sacramento, I couldn’t perform any religious songs. WTF? Okay, it was their football, church and state stuff. So I wrote a few originals to fill in my holiday set. This one was my favorite. Sadly, I just don’t have time this year for the airport gig, so I decide to produce this song. I hope you enjoy it!
I sent it to the TV Show Good Day Sacramento. One of their hosts, Cody Stark, liked the song and asked me to perform it on their show. He even had me perform it in their annual recorded Christmas Day show. He also came up with the idea to sing it at a local coffee shop and teach it to other Sacramento residents live on their show, which worked very well. I am delighted that the song had some major exposure in town. If anything else happens with it, I will post the news as an epilogue here.
(Just wanted to share my thoughts about this. I’m sure many of you have done the same sort of thing. You do it for the personal satisfaction, nothing else. You never know what is going to happen.)