Holiday Wishes: Jeff Stewart and friends update ‘Rudolph’Written by Jason Mack | | email@example.com
Jeff Stewart wasn’t sure what to expect when he opened his recording session to the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to assist on his Johnny Cash-style version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”
“It was overwhelming and very emotional seeing the kids there with their families,” Stewart said. “It meant a lot that they took the time out. It was heartwarming. We had a blast. I didn’t know what to expect. There were a lot of people in the room when I got there. It was kind of nice to keep the kids entertained and let them know they were doing something really cool.”
Stewart said the biggest challenge was encouraging the children to cut loose.
“You have to plug away and try to figure out how to get them to loosen up and sing like there’s nobody else in the room,” he said. “I’ve known the song since I was a kid. Every kid knows it. It’s fun to sing. It’s the stuff that feels good about Christmas.”
The inspiration to use Johnny Cash’s arrangement of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” came to Stewart on the spot.
“I didn’t have a game plan heading to the studio,” he said. “I was thinking of the arrangement as we set the drums up and we figured it out. I wanted to do something with high energy. I thought I could translate my style to the song. It’s the good stuff about Christmas. It always has that innocence to it.”