Terry Lee Hale – ‘Christmas in the Chapel’
By Walter Price
Terry Lee Hale is a well traveled singer-songwriter who’s journeyed vast musical landscapes in his winding career and proof is in his 2013 album The Long Draw (Glitterhouse). An album that is as soul stirring and timeless as an achievement can be.
Hale has released a brilliantly raw, emotional track, one with a true under Christmas’ skin spirit or perhaps honest reflection. As many wonder what this holiday means and for most, as Hale shows, it is pretty much different for everyone in thought and in circumstance but the underlying sentiment is the same. Be grateful, have hope and what is will be.
Terry recently spoke with The GTC about this beautiful and timely song, “Every songwriter should have at least one Christmas song don’t you think? Christmas in the Chapel is my contribution. I seem to remember writing the lyrics of this song just after leaving L.A. for Seattle in the mid 80’s. We’d been living downtown at 9th & Grand where there were lot’s and lot’s of homeless people, wino’s, derelicts and such. The whole scene down there was pretty desperate and sad. The song reflects that place and time. Christmas season for many, many folks is NOT happy or fun. Not even close. I wanted to focus on a man who was truly counting his blessings and wishing for a little more perhaps.This music isn’t too fancy.The recording was maybe my first completed Pro Tools effort. It seems a bit heavy handed and crude to my listening ears now though. But I did get it finished. At that time, recording, editing, mixing and even getting it out of the computer were all big accomplishments.”
I have to say the recording, the textures within the process add to the track. Enhancing the scenes laid out. Have a listen, share with your friends, enjoy your haves and please pick up Hale’s The Long Draw this holiday season.