An interesting experience recently, which recapitulated two other experiences similar to it, made me want to record this cast. It is a Christmas cast, with a salute to the New Year.

In the back of my mind was the Merry Christmas greeting that Journey put out one year for MTV. Gosh, that made an impression! Since I’ve said that the one person I wish I could have been born as (other than myself) is Steve Perry, the whole thing took on increasing resonance.

With a little help, too, from Mr. Harrison (R.I.P.) and also from Mr. Dylan, here lies, well, the meaning of life, or at least of mine.