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"On Christmas Day"

On Christmas Day
On Christmas DayALAN PETITTI
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Back in the late 80s, before it was trendy, Alan started writing songs inspired by the Dixieland and Big Band / Swing era. Loosely based off of a riff from Glenn Miller’s song “In the Mood” and the vocal styling of Ray Charles, Alan came up with a melody for a smooth jazz number. Later, while sitting together at the piano, Alan scatted his idea to Joey Barbato. Being a jazz aficionado, Joey spontaneously began playing the perfect chords to accompany Alan's melody. Excited by what he was hearing, Alan jumped for his cassette recorder and captured the moment. Many years later, Alan befriended gospel singer Brian Duarte who's impeccable voice inspired Alan to revisit this song. During a casual musical conversation, Alan sang the melody to Brian, and when Brian sang it back to him, Alan immediately heard what he was looking for in order to produce a potential Christmas classic. After writing the lyrics, Alan invited Joey back to his studio to record the piano, strings, and double bass tracks. Then finally, like Santa delivering the goods, Alan recorded Brian's timeless vocal to complete the song "On Christmas Day".

On Christmas Day (Petitti, Barbato)

On Christmas day

When snowflakes fall on the silent mall

It seems in a day

The years come and gone

As we carry on

Give us this day

A time to pray

Love to share and through it all

Sleigh bells are ringing

Children are singing

Christmas time has finally come around

So Christmas day puts hope in your heart

That’s where we start

Children are singing while sleigh bells keep ringing 

Christmas time has finally come around

On Christmas day

When snowflakes fall covering it all


Brian Duarte  -  Vocals

Joey Barbato - Piano, Strings, Double Bass

Written & Arranged by Alan Petitti & Joey Barbato

Performed by Joey Barbato, Brian Duarte

Recorded and Engineered by Alan Petitti at ARP Studios Brockton, MA

Produced and Mixed by Alan Petitti at ARP Studios Brockton, MA

"On Christmas Day"

 ℗ & © 2023 ARP Music

Singer Brian Duarte
Christmas Wishes
Fab Christmas

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This website is dedicated to the loving memory of Mary Sullivan, Alex Lob, Jamie Willox

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