In the spirit of the season, we proudly debut “Christmas in St. Paul” by Clive, Call Nigel. The band is made up of Twin Cities lawyers and bankers for whom music is a passion. The band teamed up with producer Matt Fink of Star Vu Studios in Savage, Minnesota. Fink is the former keyboard player for Prince and the Revolution. According to the band, Fink lent taste, talent, engineering expertise, a disciplined approach to recording, and jazz piano to the effort.
Steve Beck is a health lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron and the principal composer of the song. Steve writes:
I came up with the idea last year of trying to create a new song that would be a throwback to some of our favorite Christmas tunes, such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.” These are pop songs more closely aligned with jazz than with rock or folk music. Working on a Christmas tune gave me the opportunity to write something that musically resembles a jazz standard, which comes with a whole different set of rules and expectations from the band