Yvonne Ramos sings on 2012 Make-A-Wish CDWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Toledoan Yvonne Ramos loves the Christmas season — from the time spent with family to the sight of twinkling lights, taste of hot cocoa and warmth of sitting near a fireplace.
The local singer along with songwriter John “Butch” Phillips contributed the original song “Christmas Time Again” to “Holiday Wishes 2,” a Make-A-Wish benefit CD produced for the second year by Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller.
The two-disc CD featuring 44 tracks by local artists is available for $15 at local Panera Bread stores and select shops at Levis Commons. All proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help grant wishes for Northwest Ohio children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Ramos recorded the song last year.
“We had no intentions for the song, so to be asked now to be part of this project, it’s awesome,” Ramos said. “I feel like the song had a purpose.”
While working on the song, Ramos said she and Phillips wanted to embrace “that feeling of family and togetherness.”
“That is the real reason we love the holiday,” Ramos said. “Yes, the presents, those are good, but in the big scheme of things, I wanted to focus on that togetherness and that gratefulness. No matter which god you worship or what higher being you give praise to, we all come from something and to be able to be thankful, that’s what the meaning is to me.”
Ramos started singing at age 14 in her family’s Tejano band.
“My first language was English, but my first singing language was Spanish,” Ramos said. “[Music] is just so inbred in my family. It’s just one of those things we do. At family gatherings, someone always pulls out a guitar and then we’re singing for the rest of the night. For us, it’s family bonding.”
Ramos said she believes in supporting local businesses and nonprofits, so she’s happy to be able to help support Make-A-Wish.
“I am kind of a sucker for nonprofit organizations. I have a soft spot for them. Anything I can do,” Ramos said. “But it has to be an organization I believe in and I believe in Make-A-Wish. I think it’s a wonderful organization that really helps people in their time of need that other people don’t understand or can’t understand or are lucky enough not to understand.”
Ramos said she hopes the CD helps remind people to slow down and just enjoy the season.
“I hope people take away from it a sense of thankfulness,” Ramos said. “Yes, we have things in our lives that don’t go according to plan and we get stressed out. Everyone is rushing around with the hustle and bustle of what has become an economic season, but instead of focusing on that, I hope they just slow down, listen to the music and enjoy their family and enjoy what it looks like to see twinkling Christmas lights, have a cup of hot chocolate and feel the heat of the fire on your face. It makes you want to slow down and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to take this hour and devote it to being thankful.’”
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