“Candle In The Window” features traditional Christmas songs wrapped up in completely new packages as well as original pieces inspired by the holiday season.
Brian Hobbs describes the songs on the CD:
“Going to Town” was inspired by the memory of us piling into my grandfather’s old Ford, going downtown and shopping along Main Street. Of course we had to put up with the clothes stores and shoe stores, but if we were good we got a big bag of popcorn at Grant’s and got to look at the toys in Woolworth’s.
“Angels We Have Heard On High” is probably my favorite Christmas Carol. The chord changes and melody in the “Gloria” section always grabbed me.
“The First Noel” is another favorite. I wanted to try something different so here I play it in 4/4 instead of the usual 3/4.
“Go To Sleep” is from a children’s musical I wrote back in 1983. The song is sung here by the very talented, Mia Lofgren, as Mary’s lullaby to the Christ child.
“Candle In The Window” is the title track. When I wrote it I didn’t have the title but once I got the concept for the album this one felt nice and warm and inviting, which is what the title refers to.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is an old English carol that I’ve dressed up in a smooth, jazz-swing version.
“Christmas Suite”: the 3 pieces that make up this suite are my impressions or remembrances of Christmastime: “Snowfall On The River”, “Dancing Lights” and “Winter Reflections”.
“The Greatest Gift Of All” is an original Christmas song sung here beautifully by Monica Silverstrand.
“Deck The Hall” and “Good King Wenceslas” are usually done in a very traditional sing-along way. I wanted to try something different. Hope you like it.
“Out Of The East” is another original, an impression of the Wise Men’s journey to see the Christ child.
“Ave Maria” is a beautiful piece. The piano part was written by Bach. Later on Gounod added the beautiful melody.
“The Christmas Story” is taken directly from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. I improvised the background music.
With “Silent Night” I’ve taken an “Erik Satie” approach to the accompaniment and then reharmonized certain sections. It’s a beautiful melody that holds up no matter how you arrange it.