Here is a nice little story from December, 2010.
The spirit of Christmas, the power of the internet...

Philip Yeoh is a pianist/entertainer, a piano teacher, and an author of an eBook on learning to play the piano. He lives in Penang, Malaysia. Until yesterday, I had never heard of Philip, and he had never heard of me.

In the spirit of the season, Philip was searching YouTube for Christmas songs and came across the video of "All I Want For Christmas (Is To Wrap My Arms Around You)," the Christmas song I cowrote with John Schwab. Philip sent me a nice note on YouTube to let me know how much he loved the song and the video. I responded to his note and thanked him for his comments. I then checked out Philip's YouTube channel and watched a video of Philip playing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." I then went to his website and read about his extensive musical background and training. He is very, very talented.

An idea came to mind, and I sent another note to Philip. I complimented him on his playing, and suggested that he consider one day playing an instrumental version of "All I Want For Christmas (Is To Wrap My Arms Around You), especially since he liked the song so much. Well, I'm sure you know where this is heading...

In the midst of the busy holiday season, work, teaching, marketing his eBook and so on, Philip took the time to record my song. It's amazing to think that he had never heard the song until yesterday, and he had no sheet music or anything to guide him. In a few short hours, he took the guitar/vocal version and turned it into a beautiful instrumental piece on the piano.

So the power of the internet connected two people separated by thousands and thousands of miles, and the spirit of Christmas resulted in a wonderful recording of a Christmas song that otherwise would have never been.

Thank you, Philip, and Merry Christmas to all!

Here is Philip Yeoh's version of
"All I Want For Christmas (Is To Wrap My Arms Around You)"

All I want for Christmas

And here is the link to Philip's website: