Derek King is a singer-songwriter based in Liverpool and, despite having a largely cheerful outlook, as Christmas approaches each year he can’t help but morph into Ebenezer the grumpy old geezer!
“For all sorts of reasons not everyone can be happy about Christmas,” he says, “having a time of year where we’re all kind to each other is great of course, but I think that part of Christmas gets lost nowadays. It’s all about pressure to buy, buy, buy and spend, spend, spend, isn’t it?” When his children were much younger, Derek came almost to dread the financial pressures of Christmas – and the subsequent months of paying off credit cards.
“I used to get quite down about it,” he remembers, “One Christmas I was feeling really low and then I just happened to see one of CALM’s TV adverts, which were running at the time. I phoned the number and spoke to a wonderful lady who was able to put things into perspective and help me through.”
Last Christmas, Derek released a grumpy Christmas song ‘Bah Humbug!’, a wry and amusing take on the pressures of Christmas, with a pledge of 50% of monies raised going to CALM. At the height of its popularity ‘Bah Humbug!’ reached number 85 in the iTunes comedy singles charts and it was played on a number of local radio stations across the UK. While this wasn’t quite enough to make Derek a zillionaire (“a surprisingly small number of downloads gets you in the charts it seems!”) some cash was raised so that he could make a reasonable donation to CALM.
So this year ‘Bah Humbug!’ has been released again, and the pledge stands – Derek will donate at least 50% of monies raised directly to CALM. Just click http://www.derekking.co.uk/#!bah-humbug/c1hc9.
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