Gumbo Ya Ya Christmas

I got inspired and wrote a Christmas song. It’s also a tribute to some of my favorite musicians and their musical city, New Orleans. Have a listen and let me know what you think. Maybe I can make this an annual tradition. And thanks to my brother Bruce for singing it.

Video with lyrics

Boudin on the table, Sazerac in my hand
Allen Toussaint’s playing Winter Wonderland
All my friends are coming over tonight
The family I call dear
We’ll have a gumbo ya-ya Christmas this year

Cold Dixie Voodoo, Cissy made crawfish pie
There’s Oysters Rockefeller from Aunt Clementine
We’ll go caroling in Jackson Square
On a Midnight Clear
We’ll have a gumbo ya-ya Christmas this year

From Vieux Carré to Treme, St. Charles Avenue
Preservation, Frenchman Street – jazz, funk and blues
Santa starts a second line
Trombone Shorty’s here
We’ll have a gumbo ya-ya Christmas this year

Sitting in the kitchen, dishes piled up high
Satchmo sings Is Zat You?  
The ghosts of Christmas sigh
May all your saints come marching in
Let’s raise a cup of cheer
And have a gumbo ya-ya Christmas this year

You can download the song here.

For home studio geeks, here’s a list of the hardware and software I used to write, arrange and record this:
Apple Logic Pro, Quantum 2626 Thunderbolt Interface, Korg SV-2 Keyboard, Aston Spirit Microphone
Instrument Plugins: BFB3 Drums, MODO BASS 2, Grand Rhapsody Piano, Kontakt Electric Mint Guitarist
Mixing & Mastering Plugins: Ozone 10, GW MixCentric, ARC3

4 Comments on “Gumbo Ya Ya Christmas

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR EVE. Thank you for sharing your spirit, your joy and your brother in aquainting us with the spirit of Orleans it is absolutely wonderful

  2. Fun music! Love the clear, bell-like “instrument” towards the end. Ya-ya to Bruce and Corey!

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