Mark Tremonti Says Writing a Christmas Song Was His Dad’s Idea – ‘It Becomes a Legacy Piece That Lives Way Beyond Your Years’
On his latest release, Mark Tremonti Christmas Classics New & Old, Mark Tremonti not only puts his spin on well-known and beloved holiday songs, but he also submits his own work into the sacred canon of the Christmas genre.
"It's so out of my zone that I don't think I could ever do it and then one day I was just like, 'Let me try to pull something out of the air.' I sang the melody to this song and Christmas lyrics came out with it for some reason."
The Toughest Part About Write a Christmas Song
In 2022, Tremonti released Mark Tremonti Sings Frank Sinatra, but as he told Chuck, the only reason he was comfortable diving into Sinatra's world was because he had already been singing Christmas songs for years.
So, it wasn't a huge surprise that as he tried to write a classic Sinatra tune, his love of Christmas came through.
"I sat on it for years and then when it came around to doing the [Christmas] album, I had to finish the tune," Tremonti explained. "The toughest part about writing a Christmas song is the lyrics. A bad lyric can derail the song. With a Christmas song, it can be corny in a wholesome way, but not too corny as to ruin the song. It's a fine balance and fine line to write those lyrics."
The result is "Christmas Morning," Tremonti's original Christmas song.
Ultimately, Tremonti gave his father a lot of credit for why he decided to challenge himself to write a Christmas song.
"My dad was like, 'You know, if you write a Christmas song, it becomes a legacy piece that will live way beyond your years.' I think it's the Holy Grail of getting a song placed...it just keeps going for generations. That's just the best thing that could ever happen."
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