I really wanted my first single recording to be a thank you labor of love project. I wanted to be able to just give my first single away for free to people as a way to say THANK YOU to everyone for all their support. I wanted my first single to be available and accessible for everyone and everywhere, as much as possible, no matter where they were in the world, or no matter what their financial situation was (i.e., I didn't want even $0.99 to be an issue for anyone since for some people, you never know, even every penny may count in their lives right now); AND I wanted to DO something with my first single recording and try to make a difference somehow for something that meant a lot to me.
Many of you know I am a HUGE dog lover (all animals actually, but definitely dogs!), and Hope for Paws and The Fuzzy Pet Foundation are two organizations that I have personally been a fan of and have been a follower of for their amazing work in helping abused, neglected, homeless animals that need medical attention, a home, love, and someone who will speak up for them and give them a much needed voice. So, it was a natural choice for me to want to use my first single as a way to help these two organizations!
I have had the honor to personally speak with Eldad Hagar from Hope for Paws and Sheila Choi from The Fuzzy Pet Foundation on the phone, and they are wonderful, down-to-earth people with extra-ordinary hearts who are willing to go out there and do what they do and help animals in need. I am in awe and humbled by what they do. I know the sad reality is that we are, unfortunately, not going to be able to save all the animals that need help, BUT it is because of knowing that, I feel the need to still do SOMETHING because EVERY little bit helps. It just has to.
Below is a video of a fairly recent rescue that these two organizations did together. (They are separate organizations and do their own rescues, but this is an example of them combining their efforts.) Now, thanks to this rescue, Apollo and Sky now have a loving, forever home!
Please consider a donation to Hope for Paws and/or The Fuzzy Pet Foundation so that they can continue to do their amazing work and help animals in need!
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT meant to pressure you to donate, and donating is NOT a requirement to receive O Holy Night for FREE. O Holy Night is available as a FREE download for everyone regardless of whether you donate or not and is my simply from the heart way to say thank you for your amazing support you have kindly given me this past year! Please do not feel any pressure. I know everyone has different circumstances. Donation is completely voluntary. I just want to try to help two organizations that I believe in and a cause I personally care deeply about - helping animals that need help.
You are welcome to spread the word about this as well!
Thank you again for all your support! Hope you enjoy!
Special thanks to David Cunniff (piano and arrangement - arr. briefly includes the four-note ostinato motif from Carol of the Bells composed by Mykola Leontovych) and Dave Wheeler and Aron Hethcox (Studio 603) for all their help with this recording.