Holiday Wishes: Pat Dailey song ushers in the coldWritten by Jason Mack | | email@example.com
Pat Dailey’s original song “Here Comes The Cold,” included on the Make-A-Wish Foundation “Holiday Wishes” CD, tells the story of his annual migration from Put-in-Bay to Key West, Fla.
“I sequestered myself on the island after the tourist season was over, and it was pretty empty and pretty lonely,” Dailey said. “I just started thinking about how it’s time to pack up everything and move to Florida for the winter gig. It was conceived by staying on the island too long.”
Once Dailey realized how lonely island life is during Ohio winters, he secured his gig in Key West.
“I’ve been working Sloppy Joe’s in Key West for the last 30 years,” Dailey said. “It’s just like going to Put-in-Bay with the same people except one’s in winter and the other in the summer.”
Dailey said the song is particularly relevant now as the weather begins to turn in Ohio.
“There’s a certain mood to it this time of year,” Dailey said. “I’m sitting here on the island by myself. The waves get too big and the ferry boats don’t run. Right now, that song is pertinent.”
Dailey said he was happy to participate in the “Holiday Wishes” project and likes the focus on local talent.
“I think it’s a great idea getting local artists involved in raising funds,” Dailey said. “There’s so much competition. Everybody wants everybody’s money, but Make-A-Wish is pretty special when you stop and think about what they do.”