This is a song that is very near and dear to my heart. Three years ago, I got this idea to put together a Christmas album of various artists with connections to Knoxville, sell it, and give the proceeds to a good charity. I had no idea what I was doing. In the beginning, I didn't know the first dang thing about the task I was embarking on.
Each song that's on K-Town Christmas has it's own little story that basically amounts to me being extremely fortunate that somebody said yes. Melodime was no different. I was telling my friend Karli Mansfield, who ended up providing the female vocals for this track, about my idea, and she immediately mentioned Melodime. Pretty much right away they were on board.
One of the things I love about working with musicians is that they are so often willing to help out with a good cause. Melodime, The Black Cadillacs, Vinyl Thief, Garrett Sale, Rachael Lampa, and other amazing bands/musicians all said yes to a guy that they had never met before and had absolutely no experience marketing an album, all because they simply love making music and wanted to do some good.
I remember the first time that I heard the unmastered rough cut of "December." I was blown away. It so far exceeded anything that I could have imagined being on this Christmas album. I mean, for crying out loud, two of the tracks are of me and my roommates rapping about Christmas in my bedroom.
I texted Melodime's Brad Rhodes asking him to revisit making this song: "The whole thing was written and recorded in a span of like three days which made for a really raw, organic recording process." The fact that the writing and recording for this song took three days is impressive, because in that time they had to write a song with multiple parts, record a bunch of instruments including sleigh bells, and Karli, who was living in Knoxville at the time, had to drive up to Virginia to track vocals.
Melodime is not from Knoxville, but if I can make a ruling on them being honorary Knoxvillians, I would like to do that at this time based on the fact that they have written a song about the experience of attending a Tennessee football game. They are an amazing band, and if you want to check out more of their music, check out their website.