Christmas Song of the Day: “Christmas in Fallujah” by Cass Dillon
“Christmas in Fallujah” was written by Billy Joel after he received tons of letters from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan describing the horrors of war. Joel felt the protest song needed a young singer who, if circumstances were different, might be fighting instead of singing. Two of his band member introduced him to fellow Long Islander, Cass Dillon.
Dillon recorded it and said of the experience…”When someone of that stature, with that history of great songs behind him with such a huge catalog asks you to sing something he’s written, there’s nothing you can do but be completely honored to perform.” All proceeds from the song go to “Home For the Troops,” an organization that builds homes for severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.