I’ve been wondering about making a Christmas album for years, just talking about it and never recording anything even remotely related to the Nativity. I admit that since I was a child I’ve always been fascinated more by the Christmas decorations than by the Christmas fable: sparkling and blinking lights, bells ringing in the distance and the idea of an unbelievably charitable man who gives presents to children. Christmas is, somehow, a message of hope – let’s overlook the religious aspect – and so it is “A Christmas Gift For U”. There are no strict and formal connections with Jesus’ odyssey or with the Peace-on-Earth aesthetics, just because “it’s not the point!”: it is my deepest and most intimate hope that I’m sharing in these 4 little tunes I pull off my head during the last weeks. The sounds and the words recorded here just came out pouring down softly and slowly over my cerebral cortex, absorbed by my unconscious-self and summarized in a hazy-dazy state, which I usually refer to as “toasted”. You will bump into a green Santa Claus, some alcoholic relics and Father Christmas’s daughter (named Mery J.); you’ll get into troubles on an interstellar drive-through just to come back and realize it was all in your head ‘cause it’s Christmas time and you’re high as a kite. It’s all about how I happened to feel Christmas, this year.