Exclusive Christmas interview with Jim
December 2007

Jim on the spirit of Christmas
What are some of your favorite holiday movies?
Jim:   A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, Elf

K&M: Back in the 1960's Rankin Bass Television Productions launched  those all so memorable "claymation" Christmas movies. What is your favorite, "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" or "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?"
Jim:  I always like Rudolph. The classic underdog story. But my favorites are the Charlie Brown Christmas and Thanksgiving Specials!

K&M: This is a two part question :)  Over the next few weeks you'll be touring with Avril on a number of holiday radio shows. Any chance you'll be performing some holiday music?  Also in past have you performed any Christmas songs and if so, which ones?
Jim:  Very little chance, although in Vancouver the other day, Avril had the crowd start singing some Christmas songs, but nothing with the band. Not really. I just do that at home.

K&M:  Favorite Christmas carol/song?
Jim:    "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") - hands down the greatest.

K&M: Favorite Christmas album?
Jim:  Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Giraldi.

K&M: Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Jim:  Mostly Christmas Day, we might do one or two on Christmas Eve.

K&M: What's your most memorable Christmas?
Jim: Too hard to say.

K&M: What's the best Christmas gift you've ever received?
Jim:   Maybe a bike when I was a kid? I've gotten so many great gifts.

K&M:  When did you stop believing in Santa?
Jim:   What do you mean? Santa is real, isn't he?

K&M:  When you think of the holiday season, what do you enjoy the most about it?
Jim:  Everything. The idea of giving instead of taking. The lights, the snow, the shopping, the idea that there is something better around the corner.

K&M:  Favorite holiday food items and/or treats?
Jim:   I have a really bad sweet tooth. Love cookies - fresh baked toll house - mist things with chocolate in them. I pretty much love most holiday food. Turkey, stuffing, pies, etc. Food is GOOD!!!

K&M:  We know that 2007 has been one incredible year for you touring and working with Avril. At this stage moving into 2008, what do you see your musical plans shaping up to be?
Jim:  Let me get back to you on that. There are a few things being talked about now, but I can say that I will definitely be making music one way or the other!

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays!