This was one of my Songs Written To Order, where John The Publisher receives a BRIEF saying what an advert will look like AND/OR a rough video of it, with some ideas about what the song should be like.
We got quite a LOT of information about this one - a full-length version of the final advert and whole HEAPS of stuff about how the whole CAMPAIGN was going to be about getting the perfect gift for special people. I really liked that idea and TRANSMOGRIFIED it slightly into getting something that the person would actually LIKE - coming from a large family I'm aware of the Occasional Politics of Christmas Presents. Presents are bought for all sorts of reasons - to persuade people to like things YOU like, to make a point about what you think they should be doing, or just to show off - so I thought I'd have a think about just buying something they'd LIKE themselves.
I also thought that'd make a nice change from people BANGING ON about The Commercialisation Of Christmas. Christmas IS commercial, it IS a time of BUYING and GETTING stuff and surely only the most miserable of MISERABLE OLD SODS can REALLy object to that when it's done with LOVE.
For LO! I got an email from The lovely people at Helen Llewelyn Product 19 asking if, by any crazy chance, I had a spare Christmas song. "Why yes!" I replied, "Yes i DO!" and a few weeks later it was as the bonus download track on their Christmas Blues EP.
Feeling all EXCITED and CHRISTMASSY I decided to do a VIDEO to go with it, so I asked if anyone fancied helping me make it. BRILLIANTLY over seventy people DID. I ended up making TWO videos, one for LADIES and one for GENTLEMEN.
I was EXTREMELY pleased to have got this song out into the world - thanks LOADS to Helen Llewellyn and to everyone who sent me a clip, and a VERY Merry Christmas, one and all!