by Katie Ditschun
Last Christmas was a quiet holiday at my house. I listened to a lot of music over those few weeks. I’d also taken time to drive around admiring folk’s festive outdoor décor as well as the light display at Island Park in Alexandria. That combination inspired me to write a Christmas song.
So I did! I wrote the song early in 2020, and performed it as a special preview to those who came out to be my audience in my “Here We Are” official video. I had planned to record it in the summer, but then COVID isolation and restrictions hit…
In August (when restrictions loosened enough) I began the recording journey. After a couple arranging and pre-production meetings with my co-producer, Norm, we got into the studio in September and laid down all the tracks. It was my first time creating a string arrangement and I’m so proud of what we produced.
My goal with “Be Still” was to write and record a peaceful holiday song. I think I’ve done that. I’ve been inspired lately to write about the things we don’t see emphasized often–seeing the good all around us. I want to remind people that as we all struggle through our individual lives, there are wonderful and joyful things in life that connect us.
BE STILL ©2020 Music/Lyrics by Katherine Smith
Arranged/Produced by Normand Glaude and Katherine Smith
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered at Morning Anthem Studio, Cumberland, ON
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