By Jim Fusco:
Hello again and welcome to Day 6! It’s duet time, as I finally got my wife Becky to sing a song with me. Actually, she’s been bugging me to do “Hey Santa” for the Laptop Sessions for a while now. I was ready to record a video for it last year, but then I got sick and I couldn’t hit the notes. Even though Carnie Wilson makes her lower harmony sound so smooth and easy, let me tell you- it’s not so easy for a guy! It think I gained an appreciation for how much range Carnie and Wendy Wilson have. Of course, being the daughters of the great Brian Wilson gave them a pretty good start!
I remember not loving this song when I was little (and not making the Beach Boys connection), but then I grew to really like it over the years. Now, it’s overplayed on the radio, but I don’t even mind because the ending features their uncle Carl Wilson’s vocals. Always nice to give Carl a nod.
Becky and I had fun doing this tune, but it wasn’t without its difficulties. I realized after recording all of the instruments that it was a lot faster than the original, plus I forgot about the key change after the solo! So, that required some creative re-recording.
We hope you like our rendition! Come back tomorrow as we round-out the first week of free Christmas songs here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!