Christmas blues: The Two Guys Who Play Music team with Lake Erie Monsters for holiday trackWritten by Holly Tuey | | email@example.com
John Brenning and Denny Yost met in 1976. They were hallmates in college and heard each other playing guitar in their rooms.
Nearly 40 years later, they still play together as The Two Guys Who Play Music and contributed a track to this year’s Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit CD, “Holiday Wishes 3.”
For their song, “Christmas Without You Blues,” The Two Guys were joined by Brenning’s wife Sheila and several friends: Jack Reed, Tad Dickerson and Jimmy Johnson, collectively known as The Lake Erie Monsters.
“I can’t say enough about the musicians involved,” Brenning said. “They all took to the song quickly and made it a real powerful song real quick.”
Brenning said it took them just three takes in the studio to get the song the way they wanted it.
The original song was written a couple of years ago when The Two Guys and The Lake Erie Monsters were part of a blues band. Brenning said it wasn’t originally a Christmas song, and they never did much with it at the time. When he heard about the Make-A-Wish CD, he said they changed some of the lyrics to make it fit the holiday season.
“That’s what it’s going to be from now on,” he said. “It’s much better as a Christmas song.”
The band mostly performs locally, and Brenning said they play a variety of music, ranging from blues and classic rock to country.
The band is honored to be included in the “Holiday Wishes 3” project, Brenning said.
“It’s a humbling experience for us. We thought it was a great cause to be involved with. It fit in with our beliefs and thinking. It’s just been a great experience,” he said.
The CD is available at the Town Center at Levis Commons, the ProMedica Flower Hospital gift shop and the Make-A-Wish Foundation office in Arrowhead Park.