I've always thought Christmas albums, with only a few exceptions, were corny, almost always lacking in creativity, and ultimately unnecessary. So this project started out as little more than a way to satisfy the requests of a few friends and family members; certainly not to satisfy my own musical aspirations. But as is often the case in life, I was wrong. The home recording sessions, the collaboration with my wife, the help of my friends with the design and mixing, the admittedly cheesy title- all of these things, simple as they may be, helped to shape in me a new approach to music. DeWinter Wonderland is one of the most creative things I've been a part of and we're thrilled to share it with you. We hope it brings you some joy.
A Note from Daniel
I'm overdue for an explanation regarding the lack of Winston Audio-related news over the last eight months. The truth isn't pretty, but I'm committed to the Truth, so it's time I share:
Winston Audio hasn't been a functioning band since March of this year. I'll take responsibility for this. I decided to get a full-time job so I could support my family while my wife Mackenzie goes to pharmacy school. When touring was taken off the table for our band, understandably, everyone else moved on. Shane and Zach are playing with a group called A Thousand Horses, Dan is playing keys for our friends in Death On Two Wheels, and I... well maybe not EVERYBODY has moved on.
I love music; writing it, recording it, playing it, every part. But there are things I love more than music. After four years of placing it above my friends, my family, and my faith, with little to show for my efforts, I was ready to change. I was ready to put in proper order the important things in my life. Because really, what is music without a God who inspires it, without family who supports it, without friends who listen to it? It is "only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal".
With that in mind I formed a new plan. It's not revolutionary but it's good and it's true: make music that glorifies God. Make music because you love it. Make music because your friends enjoy it. Those are to be my guideposts from here on out.
With all that being said, this Christmas album is my first offering in this new spirit. Recorded at my home and my church, with my wife, for my family and friends, it's a symbol of this new perspective of mine.
I'm going to make more music like this. My hope is to release an album in two parts next year, the first part including songs originally intended for Winston Audio LP2, the second full of songs written during and about this epiphany of mine. I'm going to do my best with the equipment and knowledge I have but I could really use your help. All your donations will go toward funding this next record, toward making it the absolute best it can be. I hope you'll join me in this effort. Thank you for your prayers, your friendship, and your support. It means everything to me.