This was the absolute FIRST song I ever recorded that was going to be released in some way.
I can't even remember exactly when it was? Maybe 1996?
Alicia Keys - Little Drummer Girl by RCA Music Group
If u can imagine young AK in Tims and jeans walking down those mean and dirty New York streets diddy-boppin to the Reasonable Doubt album or maybe Ray's Purple Tape. I was so excited about picking a Christmas song to record for an album called "The 12 Soulful Nights of Christmas" that JD and my then label, Columbia Records were putting together.
I remember sitting at my piano, vibing on the freshest way I could play one of my favorite songs "Little Drummer Boy" which of course had to be renamed "The Little Drummer Girl" ;-)
I was in my one bedroom apartment at the piano in the corner of the living room, just steps away from my "bedroom" and I played these jazzy style chords since I was starting to really get into jazz structures.
Anyway I stayed up late into the night to come up with the ultimate "Flip."
Then I went into the Studio with Rodney Jerkins and we produced the record together. I knew I wanted those Al Green style drums bangin behind it. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted, and that was the beginning of me learning to become a producer.
I have the best memory of this song.
It was one of my "firsts" and now as I approach another First - experiencing the first Christmas with our Son. I feel like it's only right to share this song with you.
Freshly remastered and ready for your holiday spirit: Little Drummer Girl!
Sending you massive love and blessings during this time right into the most spectacular New Year you've ever known!
With love and gratitude,
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