Dec. 16, 2008 – Holiday Music Edition

At Great River Radio, we tend to see all of life’s experiences through the lens of music.  Seasons, life events, activities, the news, weather, even times of day have their own musical associations. And we are now in the midst of a time that is rich with such connections.  There are many different ways to view this time of year, depending on your perspective.  We are heading into the darkest and coldest days as we approach the winter solstice, and humans have always turned this season into something profound.  Many of us in western culture have grown up associating this time of year with Christmas, and it can be a season that is loaded with emotions and sentiment – some positive and some less so.  Not everyone agrees that this is the “most wonderful time of the year” as Andy Williams sings.  But music does pervade the days and represents both the best and the worst of human expression.  Who thought that having dogs barking out “Jingle Bells” would be a good idea, for example?  On the other hand, hearing Bach’s “Prelude to Cello Suite #1” played on a seven string guitar by Michael Hedges is sublime.

For the record, we will not be playing any barking dogs and “Jingle Bells” will not be on the playlist tonight.  We will try to avoid the music you’ve been hearing in elevators and stores (if you are among the few who are shopping this season) and provide some new, rare and unusual but always interesting holiday tunes.  We’ve got songs from The Raveonettes and Rosie Thomas, The Pogues and Feist, Louis Armstrong, Jack Johnson, Sister Hazel and the late Clarence Gatemouth Brown.  We will try to hit sublime notes for at least one set with Trio Mediaeval and the Modern Mandolin Quartet and we’ll hear from GRR favorite Rufus Wainwright.  Sadly, nothing from Sufjan this year – what is he up to, anyway?

It is going to be a cold night and it is finals week at UST, and we’re happy to be able to hunker down in the studio and play music for you.

Once In Royal David’s City-King’s College Choir
For You-Bruce Springsteen
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis-Neko Case 
I Hear The Bells-Mike Doughty
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings-Barenaked Ladies
Christmas Is Coming Soon-Blitzen Trapper
The Christmas Song-The Raveonettes
Calling on Mary-Aimee Mann
Winter Song-Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Someday At Christmas-Jack Johnson
2000 Miles-The New Standards
Christmas Time Is Here Again-My Morning Jacket
It’s Xmas So We’ll Stop-Frightened Rabbit
Christmas-Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Last Christmas-Jimmy Eat World
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)-Darlene Love
Lo, How A Rose E’re Blooming-Feist
Let It Snow-Rosie Thomas
Spotlight on Christmas-Rufus Wainwright
Saviour of the Nation, Come-Trio Mediaeval
Prelude to Cello Suite #1-Michael Hedges
E’en So Lord, Quickly Come-Modern Mandolin Quartet
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn 
Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over-Jack White
Fairytale of New York-The Pogues
Last Snowstorm of the Year-Low 








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2 responses to “Dec. 16, 2008 – Holiday Music Edition

  1. Phil

    Starting this program with Once in Royal David’s City was a perfect touch. The Setting of King’s College at the Holidays is something that every person should have the chance to see once in there life. I only have been there once (and it was a few days after the Christmas Eve Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols) but hearing that choir in that Chapel makes you believe in angels.

  2. Dan

    Thanks for the comment, Phil. I’d love to witness that. But I already believe in angels.

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