Putting the lights up is one way to start celebrating Christmas. Another is to listen to Alan Moberg's new CD. The pure and crystal sounds of these Christmas songs warm the air on a cold and crispy night. The Alan Moberg voice is still and real and true. Delicate and intricate harmonies intertwine with the mystic force of a fiddle. CHRISTMAS ON THE ISLAND is a comfortable companion to have by a crackling fire.
The classic Silent Night will touch the saddest of hearts and give them joy. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is the nostalgic wish for friends and family. And Moberg sings also of that family of long ago in the manger. This traditional lullaby, Away in a Manger, is rocked gently by the strings of Wesley Hardisty's fiddle and enhanced by further jazz stylings on guitar from Ramesh Meyers. In verse after verse of Mary's Boy Child, the news of Jesus' birth is celebrated and announced Awe fills Moberg's voice on the ancient folk tune, What Child is This?, a haunting and delicate arrangement that is the opening track. When he sings Silent Night, you can truly believe in peace on earth.
Wrap your arms around someone you love when Moberg takes you down memory lane with that other King, in a version of Blue Christmas that will make you think Elvis is alive and well. A real surprise is another classic song of good wishes, which fits the holiday season so well—Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World! Moberg has added another old chestnut “roasting o'er an open fire” with the much loved Christmas Song.
Alan Moberg is known for his West Coast country roots. Happiness at coming home for Christmas is shared universally, but all those who commute to their Island homes will know the excitement as each wave hits the ferry, and each seal and seagull and every other endearing West Coast symbol comes into view on Christmas on the Island, one of two originals on the CD. Moberg also sends Christmas greetings to his friends in the Cariboo, in Cariboo Christmas. He toasts those special people, the countryside, the churches, all celebrating Christmas and then offers them as well his legendary yodel.
Alan Moberg is a member of the B.C. Country Music Hall of Fame. Christmas on the Island is his 17th recording. Exquisite production by Ramesh Meyers, of Allowed Sound Studio, Salt Spring Island.