Holiday Wishes: Ramona Collins brings unique touch to ‘The Christmas Song’Written by Jason Mack | | email@example.com
Ramona Collins applied her jazz influence to “Holiday Wishes” with the Mel Tormé standard “The Christmas Song.”
“I’ve always liked ‘The Christmas Song’ and I always associate it with Nat King Cole,” Collins said. “It reminds me of being a little girl at Christmas. I thought I’d give it a little different treatment by putting another song in the beginning and then going into that.”
Collins opens the song with a verse from the “Peanuts” classic “Christmas Time Is Here” before a piano solo transitions to “The Christmas Song.”
“It reminds me of Charlie Brown,” Collins said. “I was thinking of what I could do different and that song popped into my head. The idea was to surprise people and give it a different flavor.”
The track was recorded and mixed by Dave Mariasy of AudioMatrix Recording Studio in Toledo.
The piano solo was performed by Collins’ longtime collaborator Eric Dickey.
“Eric and I have worked together for about 26 years,” Collins said. “People often think of us in the same breath. Eric is someone I’m comfortable with and he’s comfortable with me. He knows what I like. When I told him I wanted to do that song with a bar or two of ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ he was on board. He knows how I think. He did a beautiful job.”