On the heels of recording their first Christmas project, This Glorious Christmas (Reunion Records), The Annie Moses Band answers some holiday questions and shares its Christmas faves. ...

ANNIE …

Q:  What was it like recording a Christmas project, and how was this experience different than recording a regular studio album?

A:  As a group we have always been drawn to concept projects, and a Christmas album is certainly the original concept project. In that way, I have found working on this Christmas music to be one of the most enjoyable, creative and, in many ways, easiest projects we have ever put together. The focus of the Christmas theme lends a simplicity that I ?nd awe-inspiring, as we delve into the subject spiritually; and liberating, as we explore the wealth of sonic imagination the season offers.

Q:  If you had to describe your new Christmas project—This Glorious Christmas (Reunion)—in one word, what would it be?

A:  Cinematic.

Q:  What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?

A:  I look forward to rest, but as we move into the season, I am happy to consider that the desire for our music to be a spiritual feast for families is being realized through This Glorious Christmas.

FAVORITES …

Christmas Food:  Caramelized French Toast , a gooey, yummy and easy, I might add, favorite from the Five Star Southern Living—one of the best cook books ever!

Christmas Tradition:  Along with our family's candlelight communion service, one new tradition is that we place our gifts around the Nativity. Our Christmas tree remains beautifully lit and decorated, but I love the spiritual reminder the nativity gives to the opening of our gifts. 

Christmas Carol:  "O Holy Night." I hope we do this one on our next Christmas album.

Christmas Album:  When I was a little girl, we had an LP of Evie's Christmas album, which we wore out along with the Amy Grant Christmas special. Now I enjoy singing along with the sopranos in Nat King Cole's back-up choir while I cook up something yummy in the kitchen.

Christmas Movie:  It's a Wonderful Life. I love this ?lm because of the heavenly perspective it gives to life. My father quotes it often to my mother with just a little hint of a chuckle, "Why do we have to have all these kids anyway?!"

Christmas Present to Give:  The unexpected or unique. Ugly scarfs and dish towels are not in this category.

 


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