The Making of Christmas Music
It usually begins at the height of summer, with the artist in the recording studio trying to conjure up a little Yuletide spirit.
I's just one of the challenges that go into the making of a Christmas album: most of them are recorded during the summer, so they can be finished and packaged in time for the holiday shopping rush.
Another challenge: many of the songs are beloved classics, recorded many times over by performers great and small. So how will your version stand out from the crowd?
This Saturday (December 18) on the Performance Hour, we look at the art of the Christmas album with three acts from Newfoundland and Labrador.
The 8-Track Favourites discuss their collection of Christmas tunes from the country-and-western catalogue.
Jerry Stamp talks about how he approached the seasonal repertoire on his award-winning CDs I, Noel and This Noel.
And Bud Davidge recalls how Simani created the most popular Newfoundland Christmas song ever.