Great American Song Contest

Our song “Let a Day Together Be Christmas” made it to the finals of the Great American Song Contest in the special category for holiday songs. We are quite pleased! This song took a long time to finesse both melodically and lyrically.

Strangely enough, George came up with this chord progression on our first trip to Hawaii. We would not revisit it until several years later, during a writing session at Filoli Gardens. There, we came up with the first idea for the chorus. After we got home, we realized it was too sad for the song. So we switched a few chords around to get the right feel.

For the lyrics, we went through several revisions to make them conversational and not too distracting for sync purposes. We tweaked the verses until we were almost sick of the song. I remember getting so frustrated with it at one point.

The song was quickly scooped up for representation after we finished it and the nod from the Great American Song Contest is certainly nice. It is by far our most streamed song on Spotify. After a lot of time analyzing, rewriting and re-harmonizing, we were quite happy with the result. We’re glad we’re not the only ones.

LET A DAY TOGETHER BE CHRISTMAS
Music & lyrics by 23rd Hour (Sherry-Lynn Lee & George Paolini)
 
Verse 1
 Snow is glistening
 Bells are swinging
 It's the merriest time of year
 And I can't wait to celebrate with you here
 
Verse 2
 If you’re wondering
 What to get me
 It won’t come in a box with bows
 You will even find it when stores are closed
 Pre-chorus
 Just remember what this season is for
 It’s much more than the trees and gifts & all
 
Chorus
 I don’t have to be yet another name to cross off your list
 I would rather see your smiling face, the one that I miss
 Instead of you fighting the crowds to get what you hope might be my wish
 Let’s let a day together be Christmas
 This Christmas
 
Verse 3
 We'll share meals and funny stories
 Laughs will brighten the darkest room
 This is all that really matters
 Time together, me and you
 Pre-chorus
 Just remember what this season is for
 
Chorus
 I don’t have to be yet another name to cross off your list
 I would rather see your smiling face, the one that I miss
 Instead of you fighting the crowds to get what you hope might be my wish
 Let’s let a day together be Christmas
 
Chorus
 I don’t have to be yet another name to cross off your list
 I would rather see your smiling face, the one that I miss
 Instead of you fighting the crowds to get what you hope might be my wish
 Let’s let a day together
 Let’s let a day together
 Let’s let a day together be Christmas
 This Christmas