Muscle Shoals to Music Row

S3 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Single Lock Records

Single Lock Records artists John Paul White, Cedric Burnside and Erin Rae. White, who was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Civil Wars began his solo career in 2016. Cedric O. Burnside is an American electric blues drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter. Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles are an American folk pop band from Nashville, Tennessee.

AIRED: March 21, 2019 | 0:56:50
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- Hi everybody, we are the Memphis Ukulele Band.

We are so excited to share some music with you.

We hope that you feel the love,

thank you so much for tuning in

to Alabama Public Television.

(energetic music)

- The Sam Phillips Music Organization

invites you to come along as we present new

and hit music right from the source.

Bringing you live performances from the best artists

and song writers from Muscle Shoals, Music Row,

and around the world.

Tonight's special holiday edition

was produced in partnership DittyTV and Memphis, Tennessee.

Now live from inside the DittyTV studio,

it's Muscle Shoals to Music Row, Live.

(energetic music)

- Hello everybody, one and all, welcome to DittyTV.

We are the Memphis Ukulele Band from Memphis, Tennessee.

Thanks for tuning in.

We're going to play some Christmas songs

and some Christmas songs that don't really

sound like Christmas songs,

but you know, they encourage the positive

peace, joy, love, vibe that we all want

around this time of year.

So, anyways, we're gonna kick it off

with a classic, a Memphis classic, around this time,

it's called Gee Whiz, It's Christmas.

(gentle music)

♪ Hello there

♪ Merry Christmas, how you been ♪

♪ Gee, it's so good to talk to you again ♪

♪ It's been a long, long time

♪ I cant' explain why you crossed my mind ♪

♪ I guess it's just to wish you ♪

♪ A merry Christmas

♪ My best friend's having a party ♪

♪ And everybody's going

♪ I know it's gonna be a lot of fun ♪

♪ Oh by the way, it's snowing

♪ It's been a long, long time

♪ I cant' explain why you crossed my mind ♪

♪ I guess it's just to say

♪ Gee whiz, it's Christmas

♪ It's funny that I haven't thought ♪

♪ To call you before

♪ And why is it I haven't seen you ♪

♪ Around anymore

♪ Another year has passed

♪ And I can't erase

♪ The memory of your smiling face ♪

♪ So I have to call you up and say ♪

♪ Gee whiz, it's Christmas

♪ So don't forget the party

♪ That we're throwing

♪ Ooh, the warm fires of the fireplace ♪

♪ Will be glowing

♪ It's been a long, long time

♪ I still cant' figure out why you've crossed my mind ♪

♪ I guess it's just to wish you ♪

♪ A merry Christmas

♪ I'm wishing you a merry

♪ Have a very merry Christmas

♪ I'm wishing you a merry

♪ Have a very merry Christmas

♪ Ah, ah, ah, oh

♪ Ah, ah, ah, oh

And so John over here, he's our fearless leader.

- Yes. - Mr. Jon Hornyak

and he asked me, yeah right, (laughs)

he asked if I would fill in for the female,

the lady spot, in the band,

clearly there's no more ladies, I'm the only one,

and anyway and this was the song,

it was a TV station here in Memphis called,

is it WRHE?

- Yeah. - I believe it is.

Anyway and they pre-tape a Christmas special

and so we did this song

and we're a ukulele band and so it's pretty fitting,

anyway, it's Mele Kalikimaka, which means merry Christmas.

- We like the version where you count it off.

- Okay.

One, two, one, two, three, four.

(upbeat music)

♪ Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say ♪

♪ On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day ♪

♪ That's the island greeting that we send to you ♪

♪ From the land where palm trees sway ♪

♪ Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright ♪

♪ The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night ♪

♪ Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way ♪

♪ To say merry Christmas to you ♪

♪ Well, mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say ♪

♪ On a bright, on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day ♪

♪ That's the island greeting that we send to you ♪

♪ From the land where palm trees sway ♪

♪ I said here we know that Christmas ♪

♪ Will be green and bright

♪ The sun will shine all day

♪ And every little star gonna shine at night ♪

♪ Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way ♪

♪ Just to say merry Christmas to you ♪

♪ Yeah

(joyful music)

♪ Oh, here we know that Christmas will be green and bright ♪

♪ The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night ♪

♪ Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way ♪

♪ To say merry Christmas

♪ I mean, a very merry Christmas, yeah ♪

♪ A merry, merry, merry Christmas to you ♪

- Yay!

This next song that we're about to do

is also another Memphis classic,

not just in Memphis, but you know, around the world,

by a well-known name, Elvis Presley.

And that's why I wore this blue dress today,

I kinda, you know, I went with the ornaments

and the blue, for Blue Christmas

and of course red for the holidays,

but anyways this next one

- Perfect. - is Blue Christmas.

(gentle music)

♪ I'll have a blue Christmas without you ♪

♪ I'll be so blue

♪ Just thinking about you

♪ Decorations of red

♪ On a green Christmas tree

♪ It won't be the same dear

♪ If you're not here with me

♪ And when those blue

♪ Snowflakes start falling

♪ That's when those blue

♪ Memories start calling

♪ You'll be doin' all right

♪ With your Christmas of white

♪ But I'll have a blue

♪ Blue, blue, blue Christmas

(gentle music)

♪ Oh you'll be doin' all right

♪ With your Christmas of white

♪ But I'll have a blue

♪ Blue, blue, blue Christmas

♪ Oh, but I'll have blue

♪ Blue, blue, blue Christmas

♪ Oh

- So mahalo, Memphis Ukulele Band.

- Hi. - You guys brought us

a little sunshine to all this cold weather,

in the Christmas special and also some other songs.

- Hm-mm.

- Kyndle and John, welcome to DittyTV Studio.

- Thank you for having us. - Mahalo for having us

on DittyTV. - Yeah.

- So how did you guys come up with the idea

for an actual ukulele band?

- It's a bit of a long story,

but it kinda starts with,

I've been very fortunate to get to go to Hawaii a lot

and I met the owner of Kamoa Ukuleles

and he sort of became a sponsor

for us. - Which I love.

- And--

- Yeah which island was the John?

- Oh I'm sorry, on Kauai.

- Yeah. - Kauai, okay.

- I've been to Maui a bunch and the Big Island a bunch,

but Kauai is my favorite

and that's where Kamoa Ukuleles is based

and Sam Bonanno the owner of Kamoa sent me some ukuleles,

so I was able to give 'em out to cool, talented young people

and so when I, Jason Freeman and Matt Ross-Spang

and I were at Sun and we were, you know,

sort of jamming around,

we said, one of said we should start a ukulele band.

- Hm-mm.

- And we got invited to play this little Christmas concert

and then I was joking with the guy who was bringing

Jake Shimabukuro to GPAC,

I said if you need an opening act I have an Ukulele band.

- Yeah.

- And he goes great, let's do it.

And the band didn't really exist

so we quickly put the band together

and then the last person to join the band was Kyndle

and I had heard her sing

on TV shows. - And a beautiful voice

you have Kyndle. - Thank you.

Thank you so much.

- So beautiful.

- We did a TV show together

where I was talking about an event

that she was gonna be singing at,

well we were just sitting like this close together

- Yep. - in a TV studio

and I thought, wow, what an amazing voice.

So, needed someone to sing Mele Kalikimaka with us

from five of nine.

- And then voila.

- We call it Kanikapila. - You can't say no to that

right?

- I really couldn't.

I mean, at the time John, when I was in college

at the University of Memphis,

he was like over GRAMMY U,

which is basically,

you could probably explain it. - Studio membership.

- Studio membership for the Grammys

and all these cool opportunities,

and so he was like, in my mind,

he was way up here, now he's kinda come down a little bit,

but no, not really,

but at the same time, I was like,

this is a great opportunity,

I'm gonna take advantage of this.

- It's beautiful.

And so, the first gig you played

you said that you had no idea

there were gonna be 800 people there,

that's a good way to start. - Yeah.

- Most people start with like 10 people in a room.

- We were opening for the greatest ukulele player

there is, you know, I wasn't,

'cause what we do is nothing like

what Jake Shimabukuro does.

- Yeah.

- So I wasn't sure how it would go over

but and then at soundcheck it's like Jake is there,

all these, - yeah.

- it was like incredibly nerveracking

to be trying to soundcheck among,

when you're looking at the guy who's the best at this

there ever was, you know?

- Hm-mm.

- And then--

- Did you get to meet him? - So we go out and play,

oh yeah. - Yes.

- And I've met him before then, actually,

back when I didn't really care about ukuleles, you know?

(group laughing)

- So how did this sort of happen for you?

When did you get really, really interested?

- Well what GRAMMY U, hearing college students

play songs on ukulele isn't, you know,

like guitar and piano, it's like,

it was a serious instrument to them.

- Yeah.

- And in my generation it wasn't

really a serious instrument,

so that started me on the research.

That's kinda what led me to Sam in Kauai

and sent me a bunch of ukes

and I recruited people, shouted hey,

gotta uke for ya, you can be in the band,

and then you know, we found Kyndle--

- Hold your.

- Oh, found Kyndle then I got a chance to make an album

and - Yeah.

- all from opening for Jake Shimabukuro, you know?

So, that was like four years ago

and we're still doing this. - Yeah.

- I know, I was actually in Hawaii

with Ronnie a few years ago

and we visited a store that made

these hand-made ukuleles.

- Hm-mm.

- And what I was amazed at, I didn't know that either,

- Yeah. - that you actually

have all these different types of ukuleles

and it's a very serious instrument

and then when you hear something,

it's just so beautiful, the music is just so beautiful,

and what I found so great about your performance

is how light and airy the music is.

It sort of takes your mind away,

it sort of, you know, you feel like you're floating,

even though most of this performance was Christmas music.

- Yeah.

- And so let's get to the album.

- Yeah.

- Which is amazing.

- Thank you.

- Yeah, thank you very much. - And when did you think

hey, it'd be great to have a ukulele Christmas album?

- Well, it's funny because I don't know,

we kinda toyed around with the idea.

Everyone was just like, Christmas album,

wouldn't that be a great idea?

And I don't know when that actually said first.

- Well, actually we thought of it like really late.

- Yeah. We thought of this like

in the middle of August

and you normally have,

you're already have

finished by then. - Yeah.

- So we had to get studio time

- Yeah. - and a schedule

when everybody could do it

and so that's when Halley comes into play

and. - Yeah.

- So you guys went to Muscle Shoals.

No? - No actually we did it

at Sam Phillips. - Oh you did it

at Sam Phillips, okay. - Yeah.

- But the Phillips' family, Halley, I'm pretty sure,

she lives in Alabama at least, so,

it's easy to understand how that kinda correlates with that

but yeah, Sam Phillips Recording, legendary studio.

A lot of people, I don't think they know much about it

but you know, you could probably talk about it

better than I could, John.

- Well, you know after Sam Phillips

had all that success at Sun in a building he was renting,

he built in 1960 it was a million dollar studio,

state of the art, a lot of which he designed himself,

and a lot of great things have been recorded there

and we got to record there.

It was, we had a great time

and we recorded seven songs over two evenings,

you know, very quickly.

It just kind, almost magically, came together.

- Yeah, our energy, compared to the first album that we did

and this with this Christmas little thing that we did,

it was, I don't know, I was definitely new

to the whole ukulele band when we did the first album

and with this one, I don't know,

it was just like, we had all shed all of our egos

and all of the awkwardness

and so it was a very easy process.

It was so much fun.

I mean, literally, so much fun.

So we also have other vocalists in this band.

And one of them is Mr. Jason over here.

- He couldn't be here tonight,

so they had to call me, instead.

- (laughs) Right.

And this one was actually a really cool one

to record in the studio

because I don't know, I think the approach that we went with

was like this Pop Staples, Mavis Staples, you know,

kinda play off the vocals with each other,

and it was really, really fun. - Yeah, I love that.

I love that.

- You know, it was kinda different.

We just kinda thought of it in the moment

and anyway, it turned out really well, so.

- Yes indeed, I hope you all like it.

A little, another one associated with Elvis,

but originally by Charles Brown,

this Merry Christmas, Baby.

(Kyndle laughs) That's right.

(gentle music)

♪ Merry Christmas baby

♪ You sure do treat me nice

♪ Merry Christmas baby

♪ Say you sure do treat me nice, yes ♪

♪ Sure do treat me nice

♪ Give me a diamond ring for Christmas, yeah ♪

♪ And I'm living in paradise

♪ Hm, hmm, hmm

♪ I'm feeling mighty fine

♪ Feeling might fine

♪ I got good music on my radio

♪ Got good music on my radio

♪ Hey

♪ Feeling mighty fine

♪ I got music on my radio

♪ Radio

♪ Ow

♪ I wanna kiss you, baby

♪ Yeah

♪ While we're standing underneath that mistletoe ♪

♪ Oh ♪ Oh yeah

♪ Ah

(gentle music)

♪ Hmm, hmm, hmm

♪ Hmm, hmm, hmm

♪ Hmm, hmm, hm, hmm, hmm

(gentle music)

♪ Oh

♪ Feeling

♪ Oh so good

♪ Santa came down our chimney

♪ Bout half past three

♪ Half past three

♪ Bought all these pretty presents ♪

♪ For my baby

♪ My baby and me, yeah ♪ Baby and me

♪ Merry Christmas baby

♪ Merry Christmas baby

♪ Say, you sure been good

♪ You sure been good to me

♪ Sure been good to me, yeah

♪ You all know I haven't had one drink this morning ♪

♪ Haven't had a drink yet

♪ But I'm all lit up

♪ Like a Christmas tree

♪ Oh merry Christmas baby

- So Christmas time is full of love,

laughter, family, food,

but sometimes it's not always a good time for some people.

Some people have pain, some people have loss

that they're dealing with,

and so we wanted to have a song on this record

that Miss Halley Phillips and Jerry Phillips,

Sam Phillips' family, that wrote

and they brought it to us

and we put it on the record,

and we're just thrilled to have

a song that can, - A great song.

- that we can really like we're sharing

a good thing with the world for people that have pain.

So anyways, this is Merry Christmas Broken Hearts.

(gentle music)

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ Santa's bringing you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ It might not be here tomorrow ♪

♪ Or even Christmas day

♪ But I guarantee it's coming

♪ If you believe it's on its way ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ Santa's bringing you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Maybe the time we spent alone ♪

♪ With the Christmas tree at home is healing ♪

♪ And all those tiny, little lights ♪

♪ With the power to ignite love's true meaning ♪

(gentle music)

♪ Oh maybe the time we spent alone ♪

♪ With the Christmas tree at home is healing ♪

♪ And all those tiny, little lights ♪

♪ With the power to ignite love's true meaning ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Although your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

(gentle music)

I have my good friend over here, our good friend,

who also brought an original song to the table,

and anyways I'm gonna let him say what he wants about it.

- Yeah, yeah, when we started this project,

John was like yeah we're gonna do a Christmas record

and I wasn't too sure at first,

but I was really, really happy at how it came out

and I'd actually written a Christmas song

about this time last year, I write it over Thanksgiving.

I was hanging out with my brother

and then I remember him saying to me

that the holidays just ain't the same without Mimi,

Mimi was my grandmother,

and that kina resonated with me

because my entire life, everything that was the holidays

was about my grandmother, the house, red, green, white,

Christmas trees, sweets, the whole shebang, you know?

And it really hadn't been the same in about,

since she passed about 10 years ago,

so I wrote this song pretty much on the way

back to Memphis over Thanksgiving

and of course it could be about anybody,

anybody who's missing somebody over the holiday,

so it's kinda, it doesn't have to be about my Mimi, okay?

- For a cat, or a pet, or dog. - (laughs) It could be

about your Mimi.

- Yeah, so anyway, hope you all dig it.

(gentle music)

♪ Evening shade can be so cold

♪ With the symbol around the corner ♪

♪ I can hear the raking leaves

♪ From a neighbor I don't know

♪ Better days from our past

♪ Will make us feel so lonesome ♪

♪ But I got balls of make-believe ♪

♪ That make me feel all right

♪ Hey, little girl

♪ Hey, little girl

♪ Holidays ain't the same without you ♪

(gentle music)

♪ Save a place at the table

♪ In case I decide to come home ♪

♪ And make a place for sweet Louise ♪

♪ Though she's no longer here

♪ I can still see her face

♪ Like a picture on the TV

♪ Pretty paper and I'll be home ♪

♪ Is the soundtrack of my mind

♪ Hey little girl

♪ Hey little girl

♪ Holidays ain't the same without you ♪

♪ Without you

- So the Sam Phillips studio of course is iconic,

it's got this incredible vibe when you walk in the door,

it's a time capsule, but it's also such a creative space.

I've been there a number of times

and you know, Halley and Jerry

and the whole crew over there,

it's just amazing place,

did you guys feel like, just being in that studio

was amazing to the creative process?

- Oh definitely.

I mean, we just basically sat together in the room.

- Yeah.

- And, with Kyndle in the vocal booth,

and we just did these songs,

and it just, it was almost magical in a way,

it all sort of came together. - Yeah.

I mean, if you go upstairs,

if you get the chance to go into Sam Phillips Recording,

I think everybody should take the opportunity to,

but if you go upstairs there's this beautiful bar

where I'm sure, countless stories

have probably been created there

and then Sam Phillips's office literally,

his office that he would sit in

and make all these decisions, you know,

about everything really.

Its just, I don't know, I really do feel like

because we were there, you know,

there was something, even if it was like, so subtle,

I feel like there was something very special

about recording there.

- And Halley ended up being the producer,

we had Kevin Houston as the engineer

and they have a real live echo chamber there.

- Hm-mm.

- Which really makes a difference,

you know, when you have a great singer like Kyndle

and you have that little extra something

- Yeah. - that you can add to things,

and it just, the first playback we heard,

he goes, wow, this sounds great, you know.

- Yeah.

- In the first album we did overdubs and stuff

but this was pretty much,

well it was definitely just Ukulele,

there's not other instruments other than ukuleles

and percussion, - And percussion.

- and singing, but there's no keyboard overdubs

or cellos or anything like that, you know.

- So you guys, there was Mele Kalikimaka.

- Yeah, you said it right. - Mele Kalikimaka.

- You said it right.

- Okay, I was thinking, I'm not gonna get this right.

You know, that's one of those songs

that everyone's heard and that was super fun,

but what I thought was really great

and really cool about this album

is you had some original music on the album,

original Christmas music, - Yeah.

- and that's not that easy do.

- No.

- To come up with a Christmas song,

and especially songs that really fit

with the ukulele so,

how did that happen? - Yeah.

- How did the original music happen?

- Well Halley Phillips was the one

who said there needs to be some

original Christmas songs on this album.

- Yeah.

And Mark, Mark Edgar Stuart, is a noted songwriter,

and we both kind nudged him a bit,

and then Halley sent the song that she

and her dad, Jerry Phillips wrote.

I thought wow,

that's really a good song. - Come to find out

they're pretty decent songwriters, so.

- And that sorta nudged Mark to go ahead

and finish the song that he had done.

- Yeah.

- And then when we got it in the studio,

we felt like we had the freedom

to do whatever we really wanted to do,

and you know, we weren't gonna do the obvious

Christmas songs. - Yeah.

- And it was fun really having

original Christmas songs to do

and they turned out - Yeah.

- really well. - They really did.

I think what's interested about

at least our original Christmas music

is it's not what you would expect,

kinda like what John was saying.

Like, I always think of a prime example

is River, by Joni Mitchell,

you know, that's a song that's played around Christmas time

but it's like this interesting take on it, you know,

and with our songs, you know,

it's people, it's a really hard time for people

around that time who don't have, have lost family members,

or have lost a loved one, or you know,

they've broken up - Lost a pet.

with someone, a pet.

You know, really the list goes on and on,

for how those songs can apply to your life,

but I'm just thrilled, you know?

I thought that I would probably

get the opportunity to have my own Christmas music

way on down the line in my career,

but you know, it's just so cool that we got to do that.

- And you're absolutely right,

the holidays are so poignant for a lot of people.

It's either extreme highs or extreme lows.

- Hm-mm.

- Just 'cause it kinda brings back all those emotions.

And the song that you sang where you

were talking about the holidays,

I thought that was just really beautiful.

And then the rest of the songs from the album,

how did you choose those songs?

Was that a process

or did you just sort of?

- Well I think the thing for us

we've always been Memphis centric in the songs.

- Yeah.

- Other than Mele Kalikimaka

it's generally not Hawaiian songs,

but we've been doing a holiday strum party

the last couple years,

in the Carla Thomas, Gee Whiz, It's Christmas,

that's a great Christmas song

but no one's ever covered it that I really know of,

so that was fun,

and then Elvis, you know we wanted to do Elvis

but no male singer really wants to sing Elvis songs

so what if Kyndle sings Elvis sings.

- The lady of the group.

- And it turned out really great

and different, and special, and everything,

you know, so. - Yeah.

- It really did.

And so, you guys, you finished the Christmas album.

- Hm-mm.

- Are you thinking of what's next?

I think that you may have started a new genre,

the ukulele genre.

(Kyndle laughs)

And you might be the first. - Well.

- All Ukulele fans that's.

- I mean, we definitely have Jake Shimabukuro,

he's definitely a friend,

I think we can somewhat consider him

a ukulele friend of ours,

but yeah, I mean, I don't know,

John, who do you think else is paving the way for?

- No one does what we do with ukuleles

and we really, we're really more, you know,

like an indie rock band that plays songs on ukuleles,

you know, I mean.

- It's interesting.

- When we started Jason was the only one

who really could play ukulele,

we all just sort of picked it up

and then Mark, so the most recent instrument we got

is the Guitarlele, which six strings,

so it enables Mark to be the singer songwriter that he is

and play songs that wouldn't quite work on four strings,

you know, and then we also, our banjo ukulele,

which is really fun, that Jason and I both share,

that's a lot of--

- I have never seen that before. (laughs)

- I know, right.

This band, we're, I guess we're,

a part of our act is that we showcase

the ukulele world to people in a way.

- And we're trying to create interesting tone clutter,

I mean, mainly we're trying to have fun ourselves,

and make it interesting for ourselves.

'Cause we have like a residency at Lafayette's,

we do two sets, you know, the second Sunday of every month,

so to entertain people, with just ukuleles

we try to make it as interesting as we can,

but it has to start for interesting for us.

- Yeah.

And then it's hopefully fun for everybody else, you know?

- 'Cause the album,

- Yeah.

- which is amazing--

- Thank you.

- Holiday's ain't the same.

- Holiday's ain't the same.

♪ Though the days are long

♪ Twilight sings its song

♪ 'Bout the happy days that used to be ♪

♪ Soon my eyes will close

♪ Soon I'll find repose

♪ And in dreams your always near to me ♪

♪ Oh I see you in my dreams

♪ I'm gonna hold you

♪ Hold you in my dreams

♪ Someone took you right out of my heart ♪

♪ But still I can feel the thrill of your tongue ♪

♪ And those lips

♪ Lips that once were mine

♪ Once were mine

♪ And those tender

♪ Tender eyes that shine

♪ Tender eyes that shine

♪ They're gonna light

♪ My way back home tonight

♪ May I'll see you

♪ Gonna see you in my dreams

(upbeat music)

Those lips.

(upbeat music)

♪ Oh I'll see you

♪ Gonna see you in my dreams

♪ In my dreams

♪ I'm gonna hold you

♪ Hold you in my dreams

♪ In my dreams

♪ Someone took you right out of my arms ♪

♪ But still feel the thrill

♪ Of your di-di-di-di-dop

♪ Dop, dop, da-ba-da

♪ Those lips

♪ Those lips that once were mine ♪

♪ Once were mine

♪ And tender, yeah,

♪ Tender eyes that shine

♪ Eyes that shine

♪ They're gonna light up my way back home tonight ♪

♪ Honey I see you

♪ Gonna see you in my dreams

(upbeat music)

♪ I'm gonna see you

♪ See you in my dreams

♪ Woo

(upbeat music)

♪ Well sometimes I go out by myself ♪

♪ And I look across the water

♪ And I think of all the things and what you're doing ♪

♪ And in my head I paint a picture ♪

♪ Well since I've come on home

♪ Well my body's been a mess

♪ And I've missed your ginger hair ♪

♪ And the way you like to dress ♪

♪ Won't you come on over

♪ Stop making a fool out of me

♪ Why don't you come on over Valerie ♪

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Well did you have to go to jail ♪

♪ And put your house on up for sale ♪

♪ Did you get a good lawyer

♪ I hope you didn't catch a tan ♪

♪ I hope you found the right man who'll fix it for ya ♪

♪ Are you shopping anywhere

♪ Changed the color of your hair, are you busy ♪

♪ And did you have to pay that fine ♪

♪ You were dodging all the time, are you still dizzy ♪

♪ Well and since I've come on home ♪

♪ Well my body's been a mess

♪ And I've missed your ginger hair ♪

♪ And the way you like to dress ♪

♪ Won't you come on over

♪ Stop making a fool out of me, yeah ♪

♪ Why don't you come on over Valerie ♪

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Well sometimes I go out by myself ♪

♪ And I look across the water

♪ And I think of all the things and what you're doing ♪

♪ And in my head I paint a picture, yeah ♪

♪ 'Cause since I've come on home ♪

♪ Well my body's been a mess

♪ And I've missed your ginger hair ♪

♪ And the way you like to dress ♪

♪ So won't you come on over girl ♪

♪ Stop making a fool out of me

♪ Why don't you come on over Valerie? ♪

♪ Valerie

♪ What'cha doing girl

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Valerie

♪ Yeah, yeah

♪ Valerie

♪ Why don't come over Valerie

- So all the songs that you've heard thus far

have been off this record right here,

that we had such an awesome time making.

I don't think there's been a record

I've been a part of that was so much fun,

it was just easy, like we didn't have to try, right here.

We just went in there with just great attitudes

and whiskey and wine and coconut butter

that John brought from Hawaii.

- Coconut peanut butter

from Kauai. - Peanut butter, okay.

- From the North Shore of Kauai, but you know.

- But it was just a great time.

It was two days we knocked it out

and it was just a breeze

and anyway, I had a blast with you guys.

- Had a blast. - But anyway,

this last one that we're about to do

is one that Mark brought to the table, so.

- Yeah this one technically isn't a Christmas song

but it was always a Christmas song to me

because it was part of a old Christmas special

that I used to watch as child

called Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

It was a Jim Henson deal

and of course it's not as known as all the others

but I just thought it was a beautiful, beautiful song,

a beautiful movie or a TV show,

and this was the early days of HBO,

I'm showing my age here,

but my dad loved this song.

We would watch Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

pretty much my entire life.

I can remember being in my 30s, 36 years old,

but we got to watch Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

and we just quote every word to it,

you know what I mean?

So we thought we're doing a Christmas record,

I thought this might be kinda cool

to bring this one out

and yeah, my pop's no longer with us anymore,

so I'll dedicate this one to him.

Go.

(gentle music)

♪ When the mountain touches the valley ♪

♪ All the clouds are taught to fly ♪

♪ As our souls will leave this land most peacefully ♪

♪ Though our minds be filled with question ♪

♪ In our hearts we'll understand ♪

♪ When the river meets the sea

♪ Like a flower that has blossomed ♪

♪ In the dry and barren sand

♪ We are born, born again most gracefully ♪

♪ Thus the winds of time will take us ♪

♪ With a sure and steady hand

♪ When the river meets the sea

♪ Patience my brother and patience my son ♪

♪ In that sweet and final hour

♪ Truth and justice will be done ♪

♪ Like a baby when it's sleeping ♪

♪ In its loving mother's arms

♪ What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery ♪

♪ But his life will find a purpose ♪

♪ And in time he'll understand

♪ When the river meets the sea

(gentle music)

♪ Patience my brother and patience my son ♪

♪ In that sweet and final hour

♪ Truth and justice will be done ♪

♪ Oh like a baby when it's sleeping ♪

♪ In its loving mother's arms

♪ What a newborn baby dreams, it's a mystery ♪

♪ But his life will find a purpose ♪

♪ And in time he'll understand

♪ When the river meets the sea

♪ When the river meets the almighty sea ♪

(upbeat music)

♪ Ah

(Mark humming)

♪ Woo

(energetic music)

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ Santa's bringing you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Might not be here tomorrow

♪ Or even Christmas day

♪ But I guarantee it's coming

♪ If you believe it's on its way ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ Santa's bringing you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Maybe the time we spent alone ♪

♪ With the Christmas tree at home is healing ♪

♪ All those tiny, little lights ♪

♪ With the power to ignite love's true meaning ♪

(gentle music)

♪ Hm, maybe the time we spent alone ♪

♪ With the Christmas tree at home is healing ♪

♪ All those tiny, little lights ♪

♪ With the power to ignite love's true meaning ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ Oh though your world's been torn apart ♪

♪ God, he's sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

♪ God is sending you a new love ♪

♪ Merry Christmas broken hearts ♪

(gentle music)

(gentle music)

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