Bob Schneider: "I Find Most Christmas Music to Be Really Annoying"
BS: Well, even though it's a holiday-themed show, it's not a syrupy-sweet Christmas show. I've always been a big fan of Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas album because it's so beautiful and melancholy. So we kind of touch on that theme a bit in this show.
Of course, we'll be playing "Big Blue Sea, "Honeypot" and "Tarantula" as well, because you have to have some fun.
RO: What about the Christmas end of things? The holiday-music onslaught began weeks ago. What will you do to make these songs refreshing again?
BS: I find most Christmas music to be really annoying, but there are some incredibly beautiful holiday songs and those are the ones we'll be playing. The musicians in the Moonlight Orchestra are some of the best in the country and the performances are truly incredible.
You will not hear a better version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" than when Lex Land (another guest at the show) sings it.
RO: What holiday cuts do you love the most? Which ones do you hate?
BS: My favorite Christmas song ever is "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. It makes me cry almost every time I hear it. My least favorite is probably "Deck the Halls" (makes vomit sound).