A 2020 radio edit of the title song from the 2007 album Dreaming of a Holy Night by Graham Kendrick.
Q: What inspired you to write Dreaming of a Holy Night and what is it about?
If I was asked to choose just one line of a lyric to sum up the Christmas story, it would from the carol O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse one, line eight:
‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight’.
It was this collision of hope and fear, and the way hope and fear collided in the lives of the characters in the story that inspired me to write the whole album. I feel that same ‘collision’ personally every Christmas time – it’s a wonderful season, a celebration of hope, but the world is still broken – and that feeling of tension was what gave rise to the song which became the title track; Dreaming of a Holy Night.
Q: What prompted you to re-release it?
If it wasn’t for lockdown, I might never have put the CD on, but I did, and the words jumped out at me as so relevant to the present season, that I decided to re-release it:
I’m dreaming of a holy night
And I’m praying
Lord we need some heaven here on earth
Come and melt our bleak mid-winter hearts
O come and heal what’s torn apart
Let’s never stop believing in
A holy night
Q: Where can people get to hear the song, in fact the whole album?