Derek King is a singer-songwriter based in Liverpool and he regularly performs in and around the city.
He is also a self confessed grumpy old geezer! His Christmas song “Bah Humbug!” is a wry and amusing take on the pressures of Christmas, where we are all encouraged to spend money we don’t really have on things that we don’t really need. As a father, Derek is no stranger to these pressures and, when his family were much younger, he came almost to dread Christmas – especially the months of paying off credit cards!
“For all sorts of reasons not everyone can be happy about Christmas,” he says, “having a time of year where we are all nice to each other is a great idea of course, but that doesn’t seem to be what Christmas is about nowadays. It’s all about buy, buy, buy and spend, spend, spend isn’t it? I used to get quite down about the financial side of things and I actually phoned CALM about it on one occasion after I saw one of their TV adverts in between all the Christmas specials. I’m pleased to say the lady I spoke to put things into perspective and helped me along.”
So this year when he started hearing those infernal Christmas songs and began to feel the familiar grumpy twinges, he thought “I need to get this out of my system.” And so ‘Bah Humbug!’ was born!
Remembering how he used to feel at Christmas himself, he decided to dedicate the song to those who can’t enjoy Christmas for whatever reason. He will donate 50% of the profits from the single to CALM.
To find out more about Derek King and to buy ‘Bah Humbug!’ please visit www.derekking.co.uk. A download of the single is priced at 99p and a CD is £1.99.’
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