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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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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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April 20 – The Beauty of Imperfection

Why are we drawn to music? It’s a perplexing question, and one we’ve addressed on a personal level on Great River Radio. Is it simply a matter of taste? Or is it a desire to hear or witness perfection? After all, the general public seems to be in awe of the artist who can deliver a “clean” performance. It’s how we judge our athletes, mathaletes, celebrities and even parenting skills. Flawless = success. But there is new evidence that suggests that although we may be impressed with perfection, our emotional connection to a song arrangement may have more to do with the imperfections – or the unexpected – than a perfect rendition of that song. Dr. Daniel J. Levitin has been studying this phenomenon at McGill University in Montreal with the assistance of many of Great River Radio’s favorite recording artists. And the findings are fascinating.

In an interview, the singer Rosanne Cash said the experiments showed that beautiful compositions and technically skilled performers could do only so much. Emotion in music depends on human shading and imperfections, “bending notes in a certain way,” Ms. Cash said, “holding a note a little longer.”

She said she learned from her father, Johnny Cash, “that your style is a function of your limitations, more so than a function of your skills.”

“You’ve heard plenty of great, great singers that leave you cold,” she said. “They can do gymnastics, amazing things. If you have limitations as a singer, maybe you’re forced to find nuance in a way you don’t have to if you have a four-octave range.”

Before you dismiss Levitin as just another academic trying to force all of his “bias and complicated science stuff” on a favorite subject we’d prefer to just experience without thinking about too it too much, you might be interested to know that he once worked as a producer and engineer for rock legends Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Blue Oyster Cult, the Grateful Dead and many others. Not impressed? Well, he’s also played sax with Sting (one of Dan’s favorite artists) and Mel Torme (one of Brian’s), and some guitar with David Byrne. In other words, he comes at this from a performer’s perspective as well as a scientist.

Levitin may just be discovering what many of our most successful artists have always intuitively known: it is the elements of unique character and unexpected notes and rhythms that we often connect with.

Geoff Emerick, a recording engineer for the Beatles, said: “Often when we were recording some of those Beatles rhythm tracks, there might be an error incorporated, and you would say, ‘That error sounds rather good,’ and we would actually elaborate on that.

“When everything is perfectly in time, the ear or mind tends to ignore it, much like a clock ticking in your bedroom — after a while you don’t hear it.”

Perhaps, this is a lesson for all of us? We tend to get caught up in the rhythm of life, humming along in a ceaseless succession of regular tasks, duties and activities. It is only when that beat becomes altered that we pay attention to the music around us.

Take a little time today to embrace the imperfections in our lives – the unexpected moments that give meaning to our day. And tune in to Great River Radio to discover some of those voices who continue to surprise us in unexpected ways.

You can read the full article Levitin’s research in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/science/19brain.html

In a new Great River Radio programming twist, Dan and Brian were engaged in a music-library showdown this week. Brian challenged Dan to come up with favorite five songs from 1966 (the year Brian was born). Dan accepted and volleyed his own challenge, asking Brian to come up with five songs inspired by works of art or artists. You’re going to love the music we’ve come up with for these setlists.

And as always, we have a plethora of great new music. You’ll hear from Haley Bonar’s new LP, “Golder.” We’ll check in again with Lucinda Williams and play new tunes from Marissa Nadler, The Mountain Goats, The Belle Brigade and The Raveonettes.

Join us live this afternoon from 4:15-5:45 (CST) for a great new session of Great River Radio.

Peace,

Brian & Dan

Details:
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Playlist
Black River (Live)-Amos Lee
Where Not To Look For Freedom-The Belle Brigade
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult
Kid October-Haley Bonar
I’ll Tag Along-Richard Thompson
War In Heaven-The Raveonettes
Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning-Marissa Nadler
Fade Into You-Mazzy Star
The Age Of Kings-The Mountain Goats
96 Tears-? and the Mysterians
19th Nervous Breakdown-The Rolling Stones
Eight Miles High-The Byrds
God Only Knows-The Beach Boys
Two Trains Running-Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Art Teacher-Rufus Wainwright
Painted From Memory-Elvis Costello
In The Gallery-Dire Straits
Art School-The Jam
Painting By Chagall-The Weepies

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