Rosie Thomas turned a bit of financial hardship into a fullfl edged holiday album. The Seattle indie rocker and stand-up comic — who grew up in Livonia — was inspired to record “A Very Rosie Christmas” after recording some Christmas songs for her family as gifts during her lean years. “I was pretty broke for Christmas,” recalls Thomas, “so I decided I’d send my parents Christmas songs I recorded. That was my gift. My brothers laughed ... but my parents were delighted.
“And it was so good I thought, ‘Man, how fun. I love Christmas records. I love getting them. So why haven’t I done one yet to share with people I love outside my family?’ So this past spring I got to work.”
“A Very Rosie Christmas” includes a couple of original songs — including “Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year?,” which Thomas wrote with her husband Jeff Shoop — along with new versions of “O Come Emmanuel” and the Chipmunks’ “Christmas Don’t Be Late” and a piece by her comic alter ego Sheila Saputo. But she tempers the joyeux Noel on “Alone at Christmastime,” which she knows will resonate in her economically strapped hometown.
“I wanted to cover that part of it, that for some people it’s not a joyous, happy time, but quite the opposite,” explains Thomas, who baked cookies and brought hot chocolate into the studio — even though it was summertime — during the album sessions. “It’s jsut part of life, isn’t it?
“But it’s something we overlook out of the kind of greed that’s part of the season. We forget about things we all really need, what we take for granted — what I do, too, quite often. So this allowed me to touch on that subject as well.”
Rosie Thomas and Friends perform Saturday (Dec. 6) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot complex, 1 S. Saginaw
St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.