While I was deciding on the songs to perform for the album, I wanted it to be different than all of the other christmas albums that I hear every year. They all sort of take the same exact songs and just add their own little twists, but it’s really basically the same thing, they all sound the same and nothing makes them stand out.
I knew going into this that I didn’t have the budget to compete with the production quality of a lot of the big names, but I wanted to create this album none the less. I think it works to my benefit, though. I am really happy with the acoustic, and less complicated mixes I’m getting. It creates a much more intimate experience for the listener.
The album was originally going to be 5 songs, all covers. Until I realized that I had a Christmas album named “Merry Christmas, I Love You”, but I didn’t have a song with the same title on the album. Slightly awkward, right? So the other morning I was fiddling around on the guitar and found a little riff I really liked (it’s the C, G, F with a 6th fret capo and some strong hammer tones) and I thought, I can totally write to this. I spent the next 45 minutes writing “Merry Christmas, I Love You”.
I’ve had the pleasure of having some great musicians in my little studio set up to capture all of the sounds I needed for the album. A lot of fresh faces to the Grand Junction music scene (which I find incredibly exciting) and they’re all eager to get out and play more and be a part of something. I love everyone in the local scene but it was incredibly invigorating and refreshing for me to be around the eagerness, their drive and their optimism that seems to become lost in a lot of seasoned players.
The artists on the album include the following:
Dominic Sandoval – Acoustic Guitar
McKaelynn Becker – Bass Guitar
Ian McGuire – Trumpet
Niqi Bramer – Vocals
Aunastasia Bramer – Vocals
Zayd Bramer – Vocals
Recording my children was a really fun experience, it takes a whole additional level of patience. Being a parent takes a lot of patience, recording a vocalists takes even more patience (who knew?) and when you combine those two factors it makes for a very fun and challenging experience.
For a lot of my friends, family and fans 8 days seems like a long time to wait for an album…for me I’m counting the hours I have left to create the best possible quality product I can! Here is a preview of my original from the album, in a raw form. I hope you enjoy and I hope you will continue to support not only myself, but all local music. Thanks again!