Holiday Wishes: Mannheim Steamroller donates track to CDWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mannheim Steamroller provides the epilogue to “Holiday Wishes” with the track “Greensleeves,” from its 1988 CD “A Fresh Aire Christmas.”
“It reflects the warmth of the very special holiday season,” group founder Chip Davis said.
Davis, a native of Sylvania and graduate of Sylvania High School, began playing piano when he was 4 years old and composed his first music two years later.
Davis formed Mannheim Steamroller in 1974 and enjoyed the chance to lead the group on “Greensleeves.”
“As arranged, the Mannheim Steamroller version provides an opportunity for us to reinterpret a classic track,” he said.
The song is one of Davis’ favorite holiday tunes.
“It conveys melodic tones that take the listener to an ethereal space,” Davis said. “It’s always been one of my favorites. I’ve done different arrangements of it on three to four albums.”
Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller, who compiled the CD as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said having Mannheim Steamroller donate a track was a highlight of the project.
“For many people, Mannheim Steamroller is holiday music,” Miller said. “To have such a nationally known act on the CD raises the profile and reminds listeners that it all started here in Northwest Ohio.”