Josie Bello speaks for parents everywhere with her yearning Christmas single Come Home — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
As the holiday season creeps upon us all and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, it’s becoming clear to a lot of us that 2020 won’t be a year where we’re able to celebrate with all our family or friends. After struggling with this revelation, Long Island folk musician Bello created Come Home, a Christmas single full of raw emotion.
Penned by the New York musician after her 24-year-old son moved out earlier this year to start life with his fiancee, it’s anchored by vivid lyrics which express the feeling of missing someone so much that it hurts. “I miss having him to fuss over and cook for,” she admits. “Holidays have always been a time for our family and close friends to reconnect and spend some quality time together. The pandemic restrictions present a unique challenge for planning this year’s holiday gatherings.”
The single artwork even features a photograph of the loving mother and her son smiling together outside of Rockefeller Center in New York City during the 2006 holiday season. The Magic of the Music singer revealed that the photograph has been sitting on her fridge for the last 14 years. Come Home was produced and recorded by Mike Nugent at Melts in Your Ears Studio in Huntington, N.Y., mixed by Kevin Kelly at the Workshoppe East, and mastered by Erik Balkey and Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios; Nugent also contributed all guitar and bass tracks, Kelly provided the synth, and drums were performed by Shawn Murray.
Bello has released two solo studio albums: 2018’s Can’t Go Home and 2020’s Have Purpose Live Long. In her spare time, Bello runs open mic nights and performs in her own outfit The House Kit Band with her bassist husband Frank Bello (no relation to the Anthrax bassist).