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Bill Mesnik- "IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME" - A MASTER WRITER OF SONG EVOKES AN EMOTIONAL SUNSET IN THIS SEASONAL TUNE SPAWNED FROM THE 2015 SAN BERNADINO TERRORIST ATTACK - A WALK THROUGH THE DARK

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On December 2, 2015, a terrorist attack, consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing, occurred at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. 14 people were killed and 22 others were seriously injured. Farook was a U.S.-born citizen of Pakistani descent, who worked as a health department employee. Malik was a Pakistani-born green card holder.

After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle (SUV). Four hours later, police pursued their vehicle and killed them in a shootout, which also left two officers injured.

The genesis of “It’s Christmas Time” derives from a response to the 2015 Christmas Party massacre, which occurred in San Bernardino, California – But, it’s not directly related to that incident. Many people feel alienated during the holiday season, and what with the mental health crisis we have in this country, coupled with the ever expanding epidemic of gun violence, I created this song as an exploration of a tortured mind whose only relief can be found through violence.


By Rich Buckland 12/13/2021 03:23 PM

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