Singer-songwriter David Myles talks about making a Christmas album that doesn’t suck in advance of tonight’s performance at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
The dreaded “Christmas album” is a deserving magnet for cynicism at this time of year, particularly during a moment in the history of recorded music when Christmas releases appear to be one of the last surviving breeds of albums that people actually buy.
Even the Grinch-iest of Grinch hearts couldn’t help but swell a size or three, however, whilst watching David Myles delight a truly catch-all, age-inclusive crowd of noon-hour Moncton shoppers into depositing donations of cash and dry and canned goods aplenty into the bins erected around the Champlain Place food court on the third and final date of his “Singing for Supper” charity tour of New Brunswick shopping centres two Fridays ago.
With that performance, this year’s Singing for Supper jaunt handily bested last year’s take of $7,800 and 850 pounds of food donations by raising an impressive $11,660.19 for New Brunswick food banks, according to a Dec. 6 Tweet by one @mylesdavid.
So when the impossibly amiable, Fredericton-raised singer-songwriter explained over a quick nibble afterwards en route back to his adopted home base of Halifax that his new holiday album, It’s Christmas!, was essentially conceived as a logical outgrowth of, and pseudo-advertisement for, the seasonal fundraising campaign he’s taken to Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton for the past five years, he earned a free pass to keep on singin’ as many carols as he wants, in perpetuity.