James Struthers with Ismaila Alfa (CBC)
A lot of the songs are about just realizing that the people in your life are the most important thing and it's not so much about the 'things'.
—James Stuthers, musical guest on SCENE on AIR
What were you doing in August? Well singer/songwriter James Struthers was recording his four track Christmas EP titled This Christmas. Odd for him, lucky for us.
Struthers admits he had to recreate the Christmas feeling in studio (using props like a Christmas tree and stocking) but in person you get the feeling that he is one of those folks whose giving spirit stays with him throughout the year.
"A lot of the songs are about just realizing that the people in your life are the most important thing and it's not so much about the 'things'...the Christmas shopping, or Black Friday. It's about spending time with the people that you love and taking a break from that life...taking a breath and saying this is what's important to me," he offers.
Struthers, who has Polish roots, credits his family for instilling love and hope in him. He describes one Polish custom - the breaking of the 'oplatek'. "You have bread in your hand and you pair off with family members and go from one person to the next and you break off pieces of this bread. While you're taking it, the other person is telling you why you're important to them...I think it's a great tradition because it forces you to say the things that you don't say during the year."
James Struthers continues with the spirit of giving through his music.
Hear his conversation with Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on December 22. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.