Gary Wilson Talks About His New Christmas Album, Artificial Trees, and Endicott
This holiday season, we here at Weirdo Music Forever decided to get into the spirit of things by sitting down with the one and only Gary Wilson. Mr. Wilson recently released a new holiday album, titled It's Christmas Time with Gary Wilson. Holiday feelings of goodwill abounded as we chatted about new music, artificial trees, and his hometown of Endicott.
Bobby Weirdo: Hi Gary! So how did this Christmas album come about?
Gary Wilson: It was a strange thing. Cleopatra Records, who have now released a couple of my albums, proposed that I do a Christmas album about five or six months ago. I thought about it for a while, and [asked myself] “Should I do Gary Wilson inversions of songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, or “Silent Night”? And then I thought, “OK, I’ll do 50/50 [original and traditional]. But then in the long run, what I ended up doing was fourteen tracks that are kind of Christmas/snow/New Year’s Eve-related. I’m from upstate New York, so Christmas was always kind of a big thing with the snow and the trees.
BW: Did you listen to Christmas music growing up?
GW: Well, when I was growing up, your parents would go to a gas station around Christmas time, and companies like Columbia Records would be handing out promotional records. [There would be] twelve Christmas tunes from their library of music on a record, so there was a lot of music going on. I was from a small town, and they’d play Christmas music on the streets through speakers. And my dad was a musician, so yeah – a lot of music at Christmas.
BW: On It’s Christmas Time with Gary Wilson, is it all originals then?
GW: All originals. It’s a fun album.
BW: I really like “A Christmas Tree for Two”. What was the inspiration behind that?
GW: Well, that’s kind of a combination of thoughts that went into that one. Where I grew up, there were farms where you could cut down real Christmas trees, and it was common for families [to do that]. I always felt a little uncomfortable with that. So now, later on in my life, I have an appreciation and respect for trees, and I feel bad when people cut down trees. Everybody wants a real Christmas tree, and then they throw it in the garbage. So what the hell is the use [laughs]?
BW: Do you have a favorite traditional Christmas song?
BW: It would snow in your hometown, Endicott, right?
GW: Right. It might be snowing now. You can never tell in Endicott.
You can buy It's Christmas Time With Gary Wilson here.