With their albums, David Ian (Vintage Christmas Wonderland), Todd Fields from North Point Music (Let There Be Light) and Eric Owyoung from Future of Forestry (Advent Christmas EP, Vol. 3) have been helping listeners enjoy new and classic tunes this season!

northpointlet-there-be-lightWhat do you enjoy most about Christmas?

David Ian: I absolutely love Christmas music and the opportunity to see family and friends.

Todd Fields: It’s the one time of year that most unites us with family that is with us and special memories of those who are missed.

Eric Owyoung: To be honest, for nearly the last decade of my life, I’ve been doing the advent Christmas tour which takes me away from home and family for the vast majority of the Christmas season. Even though tour usually ends just before Christmas Eve, I’m so exhausted that it’s hard for me to really enjoy the season and be present with my family. So this year, we decided to release a new Advent Christmas EP, but will not touring during the month of December. I’m really excited to be with family and experience all of the things that I’ve missed out on for so many years.

 
Share one of your favorite Christmas memories.

David Ian: One of my absolute favorite Christmas memories growing up was going caroling with my church youth group. Of course, despite calling it a youth group, this group generally consisted of people from the age of 10 to 65. We would pile into the church van and make our rounds to all the members’ homes in our small church circle. Everyone who knew how to play an instrument would bring it along- everything from trumpets and clarinets to violins. All of our visits would inevitably crash a family gathering and the hosts would welcome us in for a dessert spread that they already had laid out. Sometimes I think we did it for all the treats. These rounds would go on until the wee hours of the morning by which time the sugar overload was inevitable, the snow had turned to ice and our hand warmers couldn’t hang on any longer. It was glorious!

Todd Fields: Snow in Georgia a few years ago. We NEVER get a white Christmas!

Eric Owyoung: Well, I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I remember one Christmas eve in particular my parents decided to take my siblings and I Christmas caroling. Now, in the desert at night it gets pretty dry, and in the middle of winter in the desert at night it can get pretty cold, so the combination between sub-freezing temperatures and dry desert air made for less than optimal singing conditions.

 
What’s your favorite? —
– Christmas food:

David Ian: My mom’s frosted Christmas cutout sugar cookies are at the top of the list. Half of the fun was helping make them and trying not to break off the camels’ legs when prying them off the cookie sheet!

Todd Fields: Turkey /Dressing

Eric Owyoung: I know this makes me sound like a girl, but I love all of the chocolate.
– Christmas tradition:

David Ian: At some point, assembling and decorating our artificial Christmas tree became my job and my joy. I would pull the boxes out of storage from our basement and assemble a glimmering masterpiece while listening to our family Christmas cassette tape that comprised our favorite songs recorded straight from the radio (you could hear every edit where the play/record buttons were pushed on and off!).

Todd Fields: Loading up family in the car to look at neighborhood Christmas lights!

Eric Owyoung: When I was young, my mom had probably 100 nativity scenes, and every day she would hide a new one around the house and then at night we would turn off the lights and use flashlights to go find it.
– Christmas carol:

David Ian: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Todd Fields: Silent Night

Eric Owyoung: Angels We Have Heard On High – It’s a beautiful song, but I love listening to everyone run out of breath on the chorus, “Gloo-o-o-o-o-oooooo-o-o-o-o-ooooo-o-o-o-o-ooooo-ria”

– Christmas album:
David Ian: “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” You can probably hear its influence in both of my Christmas albums!

Todd Fields: Sinatra Christmas

Eric Owyoung: Nothing beats how Nat King Cole does Christmas, but I will be excited to share the new Future of Forestry Advent Christmas EP with my family!

– Christmas movie:

David Ian: Hands down my favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story.” In fact, it often doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until that movie gets its first play in our home for the year. It totally reminds me of my childhood experience growing up in Toronto, Canada — from walking to school in the snow, to dodging bullies on the way. It’s become a classic.

Todd Fields: “Christmas Carol” with Albert Finney from the 70’s

Eric Owyoung: It’s A Wonderful Life

 
futureofforestryAre you the type of person who likes to peek at your presents before Christmas morning, or do you hold out?

David Ian: Hold out. I’m one of the most patient people I know!

Todd Fields: Hold out!

Eric Owyoung: I like to place wagers against myself in my mind about what each present could be, but I generally play by the rules and don’t open the gifts before Christmas morning.

 

What do you want for Christmas this year?

David Ian: I would love for Vintage Christmas Wonderland to make people’s Christmas cozier this year!

Todd Fields: Clothes

Eric Owyoung: I already have it. For so long I’ve wanted to spend the weeks leading up to Christmas with my family, and because of touring in years past, I haven’t been able to share that season with them. However, since we’ve released the new Advent Christmas EP this year, I can take this year to stay home with my family.

 
davidianwonderlandWhat are you most looking forward to this Christmas?

David Ian: I always look forward to the year winding down, taking time to re-charge and spending time with family and friends in distant places!

Todd Fields: Slowing down and making memories with my wife Carrie and 4 boys.

Eric Owyoung: I am so excited to have released the new Future of Forestry Advent Christmas EP. It’s the third EP in the Advent Christmas series, and for me it captures an element of the distinct beauty that’s found in the celebration of Christmas.

 

What are your plans for 2014?

David Ian: I am looking forward to releasing a full-length album called “Valentine’s Day” which features some exciting guest vocalists including Kevin Max and Russ Taff. The album is very much in the style of Vintage Christmas Wonderland (minus the sleigh bells) and is guaranteed to be a treat!

Todd Fields: BIG plans… Can’t tell you, but I want to help as many worship leaders as possible!

Eric Owyoung: I’m excited to announce very soon that I will be working on a new instance of Future of Forestry. It will be more of a chamber setting with violins, violas, cellos, and piano. For 2014, it will be a way to experience Future of Forestry in a voice that it’s never used before.