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Pete had this to offer: ?This is a song by Christina Rossetti, who was a Pre-Raphaelite. Obviously came before the Raphaelites! It was the middle of the 19th century. She lived in London with her brother Gabriel Rossetti. She wrote some wonderful poetry, some of which became hymns. The most famous is ?In the Bleak Midwinter,? a Christmas Carol which was later put to music (by Gustav Holst). That?s probably the most popular. It was from a time when winter was very, very cold. Of course now we don?t experience those cold winters due of global warming, possibly. Who knows! Anyway, I picked this song because I think it?s one of the most beautiful Christmas Carols. And it also reminds me of when I used to mess around as a choirboy back home in England, playing cards in the church pews, and watching the red, ferocious face of the choirmaster through his car mirror that he placed by the side of the organ so he could keep an eye on us. And there were also fights in the vestry, as I remember. Fantastic! There was hell to pay! Other than that, Christmas was as angelic as a charm. It just reminded me of those wonderful days.?

While recording the guitar and vocal here at our studios, Joe Gunderman suggested adding a low flute. Pete endorsed this and went on his merry way. Several months later, a quick trip to Pittsburgh was arranged, and the very talented Andrei Pidkivka sorted amongst his house-full of flutes of every shape and description, trying to comply with Joe?s whims. The Fujara was perfect for the desolate winter wind. It?s a 6-foot long shepherd?s flute. It serves as a symbol of national identity for Slovaks. The Sopilka (a tenor in F) was used for the main part of the song. Yes, this is when the job is fun.