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Dec. 14 – A Soulful Christmas (610)

Maybe this Christmas will mean something more
Maybe this year love will appear
Deeper than ever before 

And maybe forgiveness will ask us to call
Someone we love
Someone we’ve lost
For reasons we can’t quite recall
Maybe this Christmas
              –  Ron Sexsmith

For six years, Great River Radio has brought you an eclectic set of holiday songs as our last show of the semester and incredibly, that day has already arrived again.  Brian and Dan have spent the last few weeks gathering new and old and different songs for this show, and it is a labor of love, our holiday gift to you.

We’ve put together a list with some surprises, some songs that will warm your heart and make you smile, some that will make you think, and some that will make you sing.  This year we’ve got a beautiful and short (one minute) cover of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” for you boomers who loved the Chipmunks – you don’t want to miss this one, especially if a hula hoop is on your Christmas list.  You’ll hear Ron Sexsmith doing “Maybe This Christmas”, which will be answered by Meiko’s “Maybe Next Year.”   We’ll have soulful music from Solomon Burke, James Brown, The Flirtations, Donnie Hathaway, Lee Rogers and the Staple Singers, folksy music from Alison Rae and the Weepies, raucous music from the Ramones.   We’ve got some brand new songs, including a Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash collaboration.  And of course, we’ll have the necessary reality-based Christmas tunes from John Prine and Robert Earl Keen.  Hey, Christmas isn’t always fluffy snow and white lights!

GRR fans, this is going to be a good one!  Whether you are preparing your final papers, or preparing to grade those final papers, baking cookies, doing your online shopping, or just procrastinating all those things, today’s playlist will work for you, we guarantee it.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for this year’s Great River Radio holiday extravaganza.

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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)-The Ramones
Christmas Must Be Tonight-Robbie Robertson
Christmas Don’t Be Late-Hurricane Bells
Holiday (What Do You Want ?)-Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash
December-Alison Rae
Blue Christmas-Roma Di Luna
Walking in the Air-The New Standards/Chris Koza
Christmas Time Is Here Again-The Flirtations
This Christmas-Donnie Hathaway
Maybe This Christmas-Ron Sexsmith
Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year-Rosie Thomas
You Won’t Have to Wait Till Christmas-Lee Rogers
Presents for Christmas-Solomon Burke
The Last Month of the Year-Staple Singers
Merry Christmas from the Family-Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
Rudy-The Be Good Tanyas
Christmas in Prison-John Prine
Maybe Next Year-Meiko
Christmas Wrapping-Summer Camp
Happy Xmas-Vanessa Carlton
The Day After Christmas-Kate Miller-Heidke
Soulful Christmas-James Brown
Merry Christmas Darling-The Carpenters
Black Christmas-Harlem Children’s Chorus
All That I Want-The Weepies

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March 16 – Gimme Some Guitar



(There is a brief pause at the beginning of the recording – give it about 20 seconds)

This old guitar ain’t mine to keep
Just taking care of it now
It’s been around for years and years
Just waiting in its old case
It’s been up and down the country roads
It’s brought a tear and a smile
It’s seen its share of dreams and hopes
And never went out of style
The more I play it, the better it sounds
It cries when I leave it alone
Silently it waits for me
Or someone else I suppose
“This Old Guitar” Neil Young

Woody Guthrie’s Gibson J-45 carried a sticker that said “This machine kills Fascists” – a suggestion of his own belief in the power of his guitar and his songs.  That particular guitar, one of the classic workhorses of folk and country music, has become an icon of popular music in America and worldwide.

Today on Great River Radio, we’re going to explore songs about the guitar – one of the key elements of much of popular music from the last century.  The feelings that people, both players and listeners, have about the guitar can be profound – musicians tend to love their instruments – not theoretically, but actually, forming a connection with the thing itself.  And it is understandable –  the instrument looks beautiful, can age gracefully, and provides a way for the player to express his or her deepest feelings.  It is probably also true that the guitar can be a source of frustration – why doesn’t it say what I want it to say?  There are certain things that are devilishly hard to do on this instrument.

We’ve gathered an entire show of songs, not with your favorite guitar solos, but about the guitar itself.  We’ve got songs about guitars with names (you know B.B. King’s Lucille).  And we’ve got songs about the long relationship that players have with their guitars and an acknowledgement that the instrument outlives the player, as Neil Young points out in “This Old Guitar” – making us stewards of something that can be a treasure of the material world.  We’ll have a special documentary segment concerning one old guitar in particular, owned by one of your hosts.

Is the love of guitars a guy thing?  You might think so if you listen to the many songs that claim that guys love their guitars more than they love their girls.  Then to balance things out, we’ll have the “Girls with guitars” segment.

And, unfortunately, sometimes guitars get smashed … or drowned … or burned … and we’ll have some sad stories in that department, as well.

If you play guitar, or like hearing a guitar played well, or have ever heard a band with a guitar in it, you’ll love this collection of songs about our favorite instrument!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
My Lucille-B.B.King
Red Dog Speaks-Elvin Bishop
Red Guitar-Loudon Wainwright III
The Hummingbird-Darrell Scott
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt
The Guitar Song-Jamey Johnson
Two Men and a Guitar-Dan Gjelten and John Ydstie
This Old Guitar-Neil Young
This Guitar Is for Sale-John Prine
You and My Old Guitar-Jimmie Rodgers
Me and My Guitar-Freddie King
Guitar-Prince
Girls With Guitars-Wynonna Judd
Rhythm Guitar-Emmylou Harris
Miss Williams’ Guitar-The Jayhawks
Kate’s Guitar (Live 1997)-Greg Brown
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar-Doc & Merle Watson
While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles

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