I really like the music of my friend Lisa DeBenedictis. For the second year in a row, I decided to create a Christmas song, using a public domain classic. I found a public domain melody for the traditional English carol, the "Holly and the Ivy". I added some samples of a winter's sea. I sequenced out the melody with my synthesizer, using my nose flute sample to create the "voice". Then I asked my friend Lisa to supply the lead vocal part. She rapidly put together a little mix of vocals, backing vocals and keyboards, which I melded into my mix. A foghorn and a sonar ping or two later, and "The Holly and the Ivy (Wintersea)" was born.