The Greatest Gift


Music: Mike Deak, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

Caught in the crowds of “distracted” holiday shoppers, someone is anticipating the return home of a loved one. Mike’s score evokes the tender thoughts and anticipation of the reuniting.  “It’s late and I must hurry home with all my own to do. The little tree I found among the unsold one or two. A single string of lights is glistening, silver star on top. And I must remember when to start the fire in the hearth. For tonight the greatest gift I’ll get is you’ll be coming home.”  Composer Michael Deak has long been inspired by the a cappella group Pentatonix and dedicated this holiday song to them in appreciation. (With the composer at the piano, the excerpt of this contemplative ballad is beautifully sung by the incomparable Sunny Wilkinson.)


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Mike Deak

Mike Deak

Michael Deak studied vibes with Bobby Hutcherson as a teen and played them professionally until adding the piano after the landmark “Kind of Blue” album in 1959 came out and he heard the inspirational pianist Bill Evans. By the time he won 1st place for vibes in several Lighthouse Jazz Festivals, he was already composing, and eventually won awards for both jazz and classical works. Two of his guitar works, performed by Gregg Nestor and Ray Burley, can be found on Cambria’s “Kaleidoscope” CD. While Jarrett was in California, Mike came to hear her group Borrowed Time, and their lyric and song collaborations began. Currently, there are 8 in varying styles in the Shop, but Mike continues to send new compositions to work on, so more may appear in the future.


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