Christmas 2011

December 2, 2011

Dear Blog Readers,

Merry Christmas everybody from the Stoddards of Virginia. This year’s carol, “If You Could Stay Awake on Christmas Eve,” is posted below. The melody is derived from one of the interlude pieces I recently composed for my own stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The production was performed at Southern Virginia University last month to sell-out crowds. But that’s another story. Never mind. Anyway, the lyric has nothing to do with Jane Austen. The tune sounded Beethoven-esque in the play, but when I came up with the idea of a parent tempting a child to stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa–all the while really trying to get the kid to sleep, I added an accompaniment figure that edged the song towards Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker territory.

This carol is dedicated to Eliza and Penny Olsen, daughters of our good friends Burke and Nicole Olsen. Eliza is four, the perfect age to be delighted by this song. She can sing it to her 1-year old sister to keep her awake on Christmas Eve.

Let me know if you enjoy it.

If You Could Stay Awake 2011 (revised 12-18-11)



  1. Wow! Our girls are mighty lucky to have a song dedicated to them. Thanks for sharing this special song with our family.

    P.S. How do you find the time to compose songs with everything else going on in your life? Do you ever sleep?

  2. But I want to hear it. YOU may be able to look at sheet music and have it turn into sound inside your head because you’re music literate. I need sound in my little ears. Because I am music ignorant and ILLiterate. Mostly. Clever idea. Do you think it would work on me tonight, that song?

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