Spreading Christmas cheer
With Christmas only 10 days away, many Prince Edward Islanders are looking for ways to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate.
Two Island teenagers are doing this in a big way.
Ally MacLeod and Liah Clayton, both of Emyvale, have teamed up to write and produce a new holiday song, “Hurry Santa”, to help Islanders in need.
They recorded it at the Sound Mill and after posting it on their bandcamp.com site, they are donating all the funds from online sales to the P.E.I. charity, Santa’s Angels.
“We’re really proud of our song. We think it turned out really well. And we thought it was a great way to combine our love for music with helping others,” says Ally, 15.
Sung in two-part harmony with ukulele and percussion, the song is about a child longing for Santa to arrive. It is filled with images of tree-decorating, freshly-baked cookies and a sleigh arriving on a rooftop.
“It’s about the excitement and joy surrounding Christmas,” says Liah, who is pleased with the positive reaction that the song is receiving.
“A lot of people are telling us that the tune is stuck in their heads,” the 15-year-old tells me, with a hearty laugh.
And, although it’s a happy song, not everyone is happy at Christmas.
“So, raising funds for Santa’s Angels is one way to spread some happiness.”
Their good deed is part of their volunteer work for the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. The internationally recognized program for young people focuses on building skills to equip them for life and work.
The friends decided to get together and try to write songs for their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award skill.
They started getting together for an hour a week last summer.
The idea for this song came to them as they were brainstorming a mix of ideas.
“We knew that Christmas was coming up. And why not write a song about the season? So, this is what we came up with,” says Liah.
Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at sally.cole@TheGuardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.
‘Hurry Santa’ fast facts
- Who: Liah Clayton and Ally MacLeod are 15-year-old friends who have just written and recorded their first single. They live in Prince Edward Island.
- What: Digital copies of “Hurry Santa” are $1 and available for download at liahally.bandcamp.com
- Funds raised: In support of Santa’s Angels. www.santasangels.ca