Holiday Wishes: Kerry Clark captures childhood excitementWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The wonder and excitement of the first snowfall of the season was the inspiration behind “(Looks Like It’s Going to Be) A Great Day,” local singer-songwriter Kerry Patrick Clark’s original contribution to “Holiday Wishes.”
“That’s kind of the view of every child, from a holiday standpoint, the first snow, the first time they go on a boat ride, all those kinds of things,” Clark said. “One of the coolest events of the year is the first snowfall because it just makes everything look incredible.”
To write the song, Clark drew from his own childhood memories as well as his experiences as a father.
“Now my 8-year-old son is asking those same questions I did growing up,” Clark said. “At the mere thought of snow, he asks, ‘Daddy, can we get the sled out?’ and I say, ‘I hope so, buddy.’ I wrote it from that perspective, but also from the father’s perspective now.”
Clark’s son, Robbie, and wife, Amy, also sing on the track.
Clark said he was thrilled to be part of the project and to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I love what they’re about and I love what they do,” Clark said. “Anytime there’s something out there for a good cause, I’m there.”
Make-A-Wish’s mission of bringing hope and joy to sick children is near to Clark’s heart. For several years, he has worked with The Songs of Love Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that commissions artists to write original songs for children facing medical, physical or emotional challenges. The lyrics are personalized with the child’s name and references to his or her family, friends, pets and favorite activities.
“The gift of a song to a child is pretty incredible and the cool thing is the song is written specifically for each child,” Clark said. “Can you imagine your entire life spent in the hospital and a CD shows up in the mail celebrating your friends and your life? How cool is that? I think I’ve written about 500 hit songs as far as I’m concerned.”
Clark said he hopes listeners feel more hopeful after listening to “Holiday Wishes.”
“What I’m about is using music to sing hope into the human experience; that’s my desire,” Clark said. “All of us are living crazy lives — house, family, jobs, everything asking a little more, trying to make dollars stretch and time stretch. My hope is this CD will be an opportunity for people to just sit down and breathe, listen and just be. Music has a marvelous and miraculous ability to transport people to peace and hope, so my hope for the CD is that it provides that for other people.”