The Chicago-born prodigy, who synthesized gospel, blues, jazz, and classical idioms to create some of the most stunning soul music of his generation, had every intention of making a Christmas classic. She is now seventy-six and a full-time caregiver; I spoke with her about the origins of the song. McKinnor was working as a dispatcher at I. Ron took me to his office and I sang him maybe five songs out of a spiral notebook. By then, Hathaway had signed with Atlantic Records, in New York, which would produce his self-titled album the following year. He was telling the strings what to do. It was a very simple situation. It was not complicated. It was just very, very cool.
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The song gained renewed interest when it was included in on Atco Records' revised edition of their Soul Christmas compilation album  and has since become a modern Christmas standard , with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers reporting that it was the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time. Phil Upchurch said the song was "absolutely the premiere holiday song written by an African American ". It was written by Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor. God was in this plan. And Donny Hathaway was a genius. It made Billboard ' s special Christmas Singles chart on the week of December 23, , peaking at No. A previously unheard recording of the song by Diana Ross from was released on Motown Records ' compilation album Christmas in the City in A cover of the song by Chris Brown , recorded for the film of the same name , peaked at No.
I run a local nonprofit and had a demanding job, but it can never be as difficult or challenging as his job. I hope he wised up. Marriage offers a chance to develop generosity of spirit and a willingness to be improved by the one we love, no matter what faith tradition he or she may claim. And believe me, I can relate to many of the things you talk about in your blog. I am struggling with keeping our worlds overlapping.