"A Baby Born" is a simple re-telling of the traditional Christmas story. I came across the lyrics - just eight lines at that stage - on my bedside table. Dawn (my wife and co-writer) had written alongside them: "A poss. Christmas play song?
The words were magical, and the tune came quickly and (for once) easily. It was January and I wanted the song ready for release the next Christmas. In the music business, you have to pitch songs for Christmas by June to have any chance of them being accepted and ready for radio.
Eight lines were not enough but Dawn produced the rest in just days and BAFTA nominated animator, Mal Hartley quickly created the amazing video.
Happily, the combination captured the magic of Christmas and allowed us to front two years of campaigning to raise funds for local charities.
Video released : November 1, 2011. Video © 2011, M. Hartley.
Words and Music © 2011, John D. Lewis/Dawn M. Lewis/Coquet Shack (PRS/BMI/PPL).