I swear I'm not making this up... Tonight I went to go see Zoom play downtown. Now if you live in Nashville and don't know about Zoom you need to find out. Zoom is comprised of the best musicians and singers in the city one of which is my friend and favorite local singer Jason Eskerige (check him out on Myspace and buy his Christmas album. While you're at it, check out Zoom's other singer and my friend Missi Hale. She is unbelievable.) Zoom shows are one big party. They play all 70's and 80's R&B covers from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to Earth Wind and Fire and Chaka Khan. Now I have been harrassing Jason for about a year and a half to sing my favorite Christmas song, Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas". What you need to know is that I HATE when people cover this song. HATE. But the only two people (I'll let Elliott Yamin slide. He did his thing) that I would ever want to hear sing This Christmas are Jason and Marc Broussard. I mean, not even Stevie Wonder. It's the raspiness I think
makes the song so soulful and romantic. Anyway, I got there a little early and heard Calvin Turner, Zoom's and Marc Broussard's bass player, do the bass line for This Christmas during soundcheck. Could it be? I had texted and annoyed the fool out of Jason. Did he come through? DID HE! Half way into the first set he called Marc Broussard on stage (I didn't even know he was there) and introduced This Christmas like this "We're gonna do a Christmas song by Donny Hathaway called This Christmas...Toya" he said looking at me as if to say "Yes we are going to do it. Stop leaving messages on my phone." And then they both sang This Christmas. My friend Joey said that he heard the first note, looked at me and moved out the way cause he thought I was gonna act a plum fool. I tried my best not to. Anyway, after their first set I pointed to Jason and then pointed to Marc who was close by and I said "I need to speak with you AND him." I told Marc "I'm not saying this because you are here but
please know that you two are the only ones in the world that I ever want to hear do that song. Luther Vandross is my favorite singer and..." "I thought I was your favorite singer", Jason said. "Umm", I hesitated. "You mean dead right?". "Right. Anyway. I never even wanted him to sing it." "Wow" Marc said. "So not even Chris Brown?" said Jason. He is foolish. All that to say, it was a blast. The best Christmas gift next to Donny Hathaway singing it himself. I love living in Nashville!!!!