How do you write a bouncy party type Xmas song when there has been so much recent turmoil in the world?
How can you expect people to be happy during the Festive Season when they’ve experienced tragedy and sadness?
The answer for Andrew Williams of Velinski in late 2017
was simple- you can’t, BUT rather than compose a sad song, write something positive to help victims feel they are being remembered when most people are celebrating.
The song can be found at https://soundcloud.com/velinski/christmas-is-a-time-for-everyone-1/s-gEWNp
“ In that year “ says Andrew “ ordinary and innocent people of all ages, origin and religions were killed for being near a major British tourist attraction, or enjoying a simple Saturday night out, or attending a pop concert, or congregating outside their place of worship or even just being at home in their block of flats.
How will the survivors and others affected by these terrible events feel when there is so much happiness and celebration going on over Xmas and the Festive Season ? We must do our best to ensure that they don’t feel forgotten “.
The result was a positive song with a positive message.
“We don’t want to dampen peoples’ spirits” says Andrew. “ We can all enjoy the holiday period, that’s what Xmas represents whatever your religion or beliefs.Goodwill to all mankind – why not? That must however also include the unfortunate people in our world and in particular, as the song says, those whose lives have changed for ever more.
The Video is here https://youtu.be/21sAOyosk40
And now the song has been fully recorded and released as a single in 2018 with a supporting video, the message is the same, this year and probably for future years. There are always going to be victims of some sort and those much more unfortunate than the majority. As Luciano Pavarotti said in Sarajevo “ We must remember we are happy and we must share our happiness with people who are sad “.
Andrew and his partner Adam McEvoy met at a music studio near Romford a few years ago. “ Andrew came in wanting to record a few songs. I liked them and so offered to produce his demos “ says Adam. They got on well and decided to collaborate on future projects with guest vocalists as Velinski. “The name comes from my paternal family who had to flee persecution from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century” explains Andrew, “ just like Fiddler on the Roof “.
They enlisted the services of vocalist Clifton Elroy for this and a few of their other songs. “ Clifton has a really great voice and has previously featured on the X Factor “ says Adam. “We knew he would ideal for this song- even though he had a cold when he recorded the vocals “.
Velinski hope Xmas Is For Everyone will strike a chord with the public and give them something to think about. It might be a bit idealistic but the message is heartfelt and genuine and the marching music is a pure traditional festive treat.
The track will be appearing on a compilation CD with TV advertising through the grammy award winning label BongoBoy records.
Massive Thanks to the amazing JJ Kane, who has believed in our ethics, and music, you are indeed what this song is all about, compassion, humility,and genuine love for all sentient beings,despite her own difficulties in life, JJ you truly have been an inspiration !
The charming supporting video will be rotating on Music TV channels from Nov 2018.