The December People

"Sounds Like Christmas"

released in 2001

 

 

1.
Carol Of The Bells
2.
We Three Kings (SW)
3.
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
4.
Silent Night
5.
What Child Is This
6.
Little Drummer Boy
7.
The Night Before Christmas
8.
Up On The Housetop/Deck The Halls
9.
Angels We Have Heard On High/Christmas Lullaby (SW)
10.
The First Noel
11.
The Light (performed by Kansas, written by SW)
12.
Happy X-Mas/War Is Over
13.
A Christmas Poem #1

 

Robert Berry discovered The December People, practically in his backyard. With a little help from Magna Carta's Peter Morticelli and Robert Berry, they have produced an album of traditional Christmas tunes, arranged as though the classic rock bands of yore had performed them. "Sounds Like Christmas" finds The December People creating, adapting and overhauling Christmas songs that sound astonishingly like seasonal triumphs that might fit on certain classic rock albums by certain classic rock bands, namely Yes, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Genesis, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Kansas and King Crimson. In fact, he has worked with people from the aforementioned bands before. On some of the album's tracks, Berry and his studio have supplied equipment that members of The December People used to use and haven't seen in years. On other tracks, Berry himself has recreated - as a sort of Christmas gift to his new band mates - sounds which are near and dear to the hearts of The December People; sounds that, perhaps, they are used to hearing within their more well-known mother bands. Includes an exclusive, original carol written and recorded by Kansas especially for this release. Kansas have contributed an original track - "The Light" to The December People - "Sounds Like Christmas" album. Check out Steve Walsh's vocal contributions to "We Three Kings" and "Angels We Have Heard On High/Christmas Lullaby"; as well.

Steve: "I've always been inspired by Christmas and having a 2 year old has reawakened a lot of old memories about when I was very young. When I got the call from Pete Morticelli asking whether I'd be interested in singing a couple of Xmas songs for Magna Carta, I was hesitant, because there are a lot of songs out there which don't really reflect the way I think about this holiday. The more I got into the singing of them, the more I became inspired to write a song of my own. I came up with a story of a mystical light-the same light which many saw 2000 years ago. I have no answer for where this light came from or what it was, but it's mystery endures and I suppose is up to the individual to interpret."