You know someone likes Christmas when you hear it in their voice. Or in the case of Rusty Matyas and his wife, you hear it in two voices.
Stocking Stuffers features Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities in a 14-song Christmas CD that he recorded with his wife Savanna.
Matyas admits he's a sucker for Christmas. "I just sincerely love Christmas. I think about it all year long." So it's not a huge surprise that he's come out with a Christmas album.
'I just sincerely love Christmas. I think about it all year long.' - Rusty Matyas
"In August we were driving down Wellington and my wife said 'can you do me a favour - can we record some Christmas songs to give to our family and friends?" Before they knew it they were plotting it all out. "We spent the entire night listening to Christmas songs, making lists of which songs we wanted to do and then we started writing our own song."
Not only did they record a full length record a few months later. They also made the song that they wrote together that day in August - Under the Mistletoe - into a video.
"The idea is that I work in a small industry town - at Ball Washers Incorporated. I'm washing balls in the video and I look at the clock. I have to get home because it's Christmas Eve and on the way home I pick up a tree....it's super campy and classically cheesy."
Matyas is quick to admit it was a lot of fun making the video and the album. "It was definitely a labour of love. It took about two months," he explained. "But two months of hanging out with my wife and making music that we love is really not hard work at all."
Hear Rusty Matyas on SCENE on Air with host Bruce Ladan on Saturday December 14. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.