So we are finally ready for launch - or Go for launch as they would say in NASA. The song is ready, the |CDs have arrived, the venue is sorted and we have most of our 140 characters ready to attend the launch of Twitter Xmas Single 2012.
The song is Holding on for Christmas, an original song written especially for this year by Ian Callanan, Brenda Drumm, Gavin Byrne and Alan Chadwick.
At 2.00pm on Sunday next, 9 December we will be back in the Banking Hall in the Westin Hotel in Dublin for the launch.
This year the Twitter Xmas Single is being done for Console. This is what they do:
`Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by Suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service here in Ireland.
Since then Console has developed into a National Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those Bereaved by Suicide through Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services.
Console is a National Service with Centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Athlone, Wexford and Kildare.
When we asked Twitter what charity should benefit from this year's song, one of the most common answers was something for suicide or something for young people. We have all read about the many tragedies this year of people young and old taking their own lives. Console is doing life-saving work and we are thrilled to be working with them for TwitterXmasSingle this year.
Now at this stage you all probably know how this all started! You don't? Well back on 19 November 2011 @BrendaDrumm a mum of two from Newbridge in Co Kildare and someone who is living with an incurable form of bone marrow cancer, tweeted a tweet. The tweet suggested that the people of Twitter come together to do a song and that is exactly what happened last year. The song was a beautiful cover of Winter Song and it went to number one on iTunes and number 8 in the Irish charts.
So Twitter Xmas Single was born and when it came to deciding if there should be a Twitter Xmas Single 2, Brenda tweeted a tweet to see who would respond this year. There was another great response and so #TSX2 was born.
The song was recorded on Sunday 11 November last in the Westin Hotel in Dublin. All the voices you will hear on the song are amateur singers. All the musicians and technicians gave their time to the track for free. In fact everyone involved - 200 people - gave their time and talents for free.
Holding on for Christmas is an upbeat original Irish Christmas song and it will be available for download from iTunes from Sunday 9 December and on all online music stores. CDs are also available and stockist information will be posted at a later stage.
This is the best of people's goodwill on Twitter coming together in real life for a wonderful cause and it is a real story of Christmas joy and hope.
Join in on Twitter by tweeting @brendadrumm or following the hashtags #TXS2 and #TwitterXmasSingle
5 December 2012