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Got My Eye on You, Santa

by Jody Quine & The Big Mr. C

Flirting and dancing with Santa, because we both love it!
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Happy Christmas from songwriters Anne Leighton, Priscilla Harriett, Roberta Piket.


GOT MY EYE ON YOU, SANTA is Anne Leighton’s first professional production, and we love it!

Performed by Jody Quine & the Big Mr. C.

Written in the summer of 1993 by Anne and Dirty Blonde singer Priscilla Hairriett, SANTA was sent out to different showbiz friends by Anne, in the hopes that one of them would record the song.

Finally Christmas 2015, Anne decided to make producing SANTA her New Year’s resolution for 2016. It was easier for her because she co-owned masters for Gary Lucas & Jann Klose’s STEREOPTICON, plus had assimilated lots of insight about the production and marketing process through her involvement in the music world since the 1970s. “It’s all homework and collaboration.”

GOT MY EYE ON YOU, SANTA is a collaboration with a dozen people, especially with her piano/keyboardist/arranger/singing/writing/productive and joyful friend Roberta Piket to make the recording happen.

The instrumental work on SANTA features just seven instruments—three keyboards (a Steinway, Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes), drums, sleigh bells, and two singers: Canadian pop singer Jody Quine and Adirondack folk artist Dan Berggren. A versatile bass singer who can do impressions of anyone from Bob Dylan to Barry White, Dan is also a great listener, including being sensitive to the needs of audio production. He was Anne’s radio teacher in college, which is important as he taught his students to make every aspect of their work captivating, and to think about audio elements that move the listener along as he or she listens to a radio spot or a song!

Anne noticed Jody Quine’s joyful Internet presence on Facebook. At one point she responded favorably to Jody’s optimistic and simple take on Pat Benatar’s hit “We Belong To the Night.” “I heard a combination of Shirley Alston Reeves’s relaxed flirt from the Shirelles (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and the tone of singer from the We Five (Beverly Bivens, hit: “You Were On My Mind”) in her voice,” Anne says. “It was a relaxed and engaging alto. Seductive and loving.”

To create the arrangement, Anne told both Roberta and drummer Mick Oakleaf to listen to the shuffle beats used in Borns’ “Electric Love,” and Dion’s “The Wanderer.” Anne wanted all keyboards—no guitar or bass—on the song. Roberta suggested to include a Hammond B3 (something on lots of Anne’s all-time favorite records), and there was one at the recording studio!

As the work progressed, Roberta offered some sound compositional ideas to the bridge, so Anne gave her co-credit in the writing. Besides that, “Roberta is Jewish, and all the big, modern Christmas songs were written by Jewish people.

Other industry conspirators that rolled up their sleeves to hep the recording along were producer David Bendeth (who mixed the single, and gave it significant depth). SANTA was mastered by Fred Kevorkian who did Willie Nile’s pogo rock & roll song, HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS, which inspired SANTA.


GOT MY EYE ON YOU SANTA

written by Anne Leighton, Priscilla Harriett, Roberta Piket

I got my eye on you Santa
that beard and that red suit drive me wild
I got my eye on you Santa
repeating my mantra, santa, santa, santa, santa,
I got my eye on you now

I'll be waiting by the chimney with homemade cookies
and a smile that is sparkling so white
Santa Santa, you make me happy

I got my eye on you Santa
Thanks for the diamonds gold and pearls
I got my eye on you Santa
can I sit on your lap now
can't I, Santa, Santa,
let's fly around this whole world

The elves are busy in the ole workshop
for all the happy little girls and boys
and the reindeer are ready
to visit every house and give each one a treat

I've got my eye on you santa
I've been good all this year long,
honest Santa
I got my eye on you Santa
I'd like to dance with you,
santa, santa, I got my eye on you now
 
The elves are busy in the ole workshop
for all the happy little girls and boys
and the reindeer are ready
to visit every house on Christmas
I got my eye on you Santa
that beard and that red suit drive me wild
I got my eye on you Santa
repeating my mantra, santa, santa, santa, santa,

I got my eye on you now

© 2017 by Anne Leighton, Priscilla Hairriett, Roberta Piket, All Rights Reserved

Credits: "GOT MY EYE ON YOU, SANTA."

Drummer: Mick Oakleaf
All Keyboards, Music Director, scratch vocals, co-writer, co-arranger: Roberta Piket
co-writer: Priscilla Hairriett
Recording Studio Engineer: Chris Sulit
Lead Vocals, Vocal harmony co-arranger: Jody Quine
Studio for vocalist: Vik Levak
Santa vocals: Dan Berggren
Mixer: David Bendeth
David’s backup for mixing: Brian Robbins
Assistant Mix Engineer: Mitch Milan
Mastering: Fred Kevorkian
Cover art: Rachel Petrovicz
Producer/arranger/co-writer: Anne Leighton

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