"An Unlikely Collaboration" - Edward Wren reflects on his new Christmas song

Guest Post by Edward Wren

In a few days’ time comes the launch of a new Christmas song called “The Love We Promise”, penned by Jacob Warn and me.


This is in many ways an unlikely collaboration. Writing a Christmas song free from the usual clichés is difficult at the best of times. What’s more, Jacob and I come from different musical walks of life, and these days he is usually working on the other side of Europe from me.

Writing a Christmas song free from the usual clichés is difficult at the best of times.

In any case, my songwriting track record has been intermittent lately. The trouble I always had as a teenager was working out how to realise my ideas fully, because I lacked the knowledge of arrangement and production techniques that would turn my singer-songwriter drafts into fully-fledged songs.


But this autumn Jacob returned from Greece and the unlikely happened. He put it to me that we should work together on a curious song of his for which he had drafted melody and lyrics.

I recognised it right away to be so consonant with both his work as a social activist and musical personality.

This song has the drama of music theatre and the charisma of rat-pack swing.

This song has the drama of music theatre and the charisma of rat-pack swing. I was taken in immediately and my former problems disappeared. We went from talk of collaboration to finished article in little more than 30 days! And Jacob’s resourceful production skills (just ask him next time you see him how he built his pop shield) have enabled my arrangement to speak eloquently.


Ultimately, it’s been a thrill to end my songwriting drought by working with the creative talents of Jacob Warn.

"The Love We Promise" will be released on 3rd December, available on Spotify and all major streaming platforms. For press enquiries, please email thelovewepromise@gmail.com.