Posted: November 23, 2011

I love this adventure!  This 24-7/365 celebration of the 4 Atlantic Provinces that is Sea and be Scene.

Christmas by the Sea I love meeting new people, discovering great places and profiling all of the things that make this part of the world so incredibly special.  AND – I love being joined on this journey by so many kindred spirits.

Hearing from you in email, tweets, post comments and on Facebook has been both supportive and informative – it’s wonderful to know that so many folks are enjoying SABS.

There has been one common theme noted by those Atlantic Canadians who find themselves in other parts of the world – who look to Sea and be Scene for a smidge of back home – and that is how much they 'wish they were here'.  It’s that common desire to be home – especially during the holidays that inspired this new song… and how it all came together...well, that's the best Christmas present I’ve ever received.

Christmas by the Sea session - Fred LaveryI co-wrote “Christmas by the Sea” with award winning super producer.... Fred Lavery!  I’m so happy to call him my friend too and I know that his producing this song included a lot of love and “above and beyond” attention at Lakewind Sound Studios – I’m blessed to have his support for sure.

Fred also played acoustic guitar and bass on the song and did so masterfully.

Christmas by the Sea session - Stephen MuiseStephen Muise was our magician on the keyboards. He played to perfection and rang d’em bells with the best of them. He also played the most ‘romantic’ sounding accordion I’ve ever heard and suddenly – I’m smitten…

(Stellar call Mr.Lavery !!!)

Dave McKeough played electric guitar and as always did it GREAT!

Christmas by the Sea session - Dave McKeoughHe also played the Mandotar – the first time I’ve ever had that played on one of my songs…so very cool.

And…there was a pedal Dave was dying to use that, sadly, didn’t make the ‘mix’, but rest assured I’m working on a groovy tune that may just require said pedal…so stay tuned (caution: don’t hold your breath)

Christmas by the Sea session - Colin GrantAnd then there was Colin!!! Colin Grant!!!

I’m not kidding when I tell ya – I welled up when he started playing in the session…fortunately he was in another room and will never know of this.

I loved what he did – my goodness but he’s gifted!

They all are!  I'm so lucky to have worked with all those fellas.

Now – everyone knows we’d be nowhere without Mike Shepherd…aka Sheppie.

Christmas by the Sea session - Mike ShepherdWhat that fella can do with the ‘controls’ is beyond me – engineering, editing, mixing, mastering – he’s got it down to a fine art…of the finest kind.  He’s also the person behind the programming and percussion so there’s that and it should be noted…for the record… he’s one snappy dresser! Sporting festive footwear – BRAVO!!!

Christmas by the Sea photo shoot - Steve NaussAnd last but not least...huge props to Steve Nauss for taking the pictures.

The photo shoot took place at Bayswater Beach, Nova Scotia on November 15, 2011 and while you wouldn't imagine it...the temperature was +15 and sunny.

We did indeed luck out and while things ended up being beyond soggy everso sandy it was well beyond worth it.  Thanks Steve!


Christmas By the Sea...this is me praying that you like it!!!It was a joy creating "Christmas by the Sea"…

I hope you’ll enjoy it too! sb

There's just a sample of the song above, if you like what you here there I'd be thrilled if you picked up your own copy of  "Christmas by the Sea" on iTunes by clicking here or on by clicking here





  1. What a fabulous picture of you on the beach with the present--ah, no, Steve, I meant Stephanie :o).

    I see Johnathan Torrens' name up there and to the left, I must go read about him. I've been a fan since Johnovision, (or however you spell it).

    Comment by Lisa Moran Collicutt — November 23, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  2. Thanks Lisa! sweet of you to say xosb

    Comment by sbeaumont — November 24, 2011 @ 12:34 am

  3. beautiful, I love it!!! Great job on the pictures Steve. What a talented family I have!!!

    Comment by Patty DeMont — November 24, 2011 @ 2:03 am

  4. What exciting news! You know, I haven't seen anybody rock a red cape like that since Little Red Riding hood.

    Comment by Crystal Garrett — November 24, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  5. Looking forward to hearing more, thank you to Fred especially....You rock!

    Comment by Colleen Martin — November 27, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  6. sounds great is this offered anywhere else besides itunes?

    Comment by joan — November 27, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  7. Thanks Joan - the single is now available at Amazon on line as well. Just the digital download option this Christmas, but next Christmas...well ya never know 😉

    Comment by sbeaumont — November 28, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  8. Awesome, can't wait to hear the duet with, Katie Rae, cause ya know it's gonna happen!

    Comment by A.G. — December 11, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

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