12/17-12/21 HOLIDAY MUSIC

Time for our annual Holiday Music week.  Here is what is coming up!

Monday, December 17th

12-1 pm Lea Gilmore shares her favorite music.  Want to check out some of what she played?  Here is the playlist.

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside, performed by Eric Byrd and Lea Gilmore
  • Santa’s Got the Blies, by Denise Lasalle
  • Please Come Home for Christmas, by Charles Brown
  • Santa Baby, by Eartha Kitt
  • All I Want for Christmas is You, by Mariah Carey
  • This Christmas, by Donny Hathaway
  • Give Love on Christmas Day, by the Jackson 5
  • So This is Christmas, by John Lennon
  • Mary Did You Know, by Clay Aiken
  • I am Not Forgotten, by Israel and New Breed
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing, by Norman Hitchens
  • Silent Night, by Mahalia Jackson
  • What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong

1-2 pm, Tom Hall shares from of his favorite music.

  • Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Come Colors Rise
  • Thank you, by Dave Brubeck
  • Gabriel’s Message
  • Yvette in English, by Joni Mitchell
  • I Wish You Love
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Never Will I Marry
  • Nine Crimes, Damien Rice
  • Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Hallelujah Chorus

Tuesday December 18th

12-1 pm Jon Carney is the Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he brought some of his favorite classical music for us.  What did he play?

  • Edward Elgar conducting the London Symphony- 1st movement of violin concerto featuring Yehudi Menuhin at age 16 – 1931
  • Vivaldi – Largo from “Winter” of the Quattro Stagioni, Jon’s recording w/ the Royal Philharmonic – 1992
  • Camille St. Saens – from his “organ” symphony (#3) – Jean Martinon and French Radio Symphony – 1975
  • Michael Nyman – Prospero’s Books (miranda) – 1996
  • Beethoven – slow movement from his opus 135 String Quartet – Guarneri Quartet 1987
  • Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra – last movement – RPO w/ Danielle Gatti – 1997
  • Bach – Chaconne for Partita #2 in D minor for solo violin – Henryk Szerying
  • Fritz Kreisler – “La Gitana” for violin and piano – Jon’s own recording w/ his mother on piano – 1995
  • closing music: Michael Nyman – Quartet #4 – track 14

1-2 pm Jason Willett is the co-owner of the True Vine Record store in Hampden, as well as a member of a litany of fine bands including Leprechaun Catering and Half Japanese.  We asked him to bring his favorite Christmas music, and this is what we heard – not quite in the order we heard them, go figure –

  • James Brown – Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto
  • Culturcide – Depressed Christmas
  • Frieder Butzmann – White Christmas
  • Hybrid Kids – Good King Wenceslaus
  • James White and the Blacks – Christmas With Satan
  • The Jethros – I’m Dreaming of a Wide Christmas
  • Rotary Connection – Opening & Silent Night Chant
  • finally, 3 awesome song poems called Snowbows, Santa Came on a Nuclear Missile, and Santa Goes Modern

Wednesday, December 19th

12-1 pm Keith Covington is the owner of the New Haven Lounge, one of the best places around to see live jazz.  He brought us the gift of great holiday jazz music; here they are in order:

  • Slim & The Supreme Angels – Precious Lord
  • Selah Jubilee Singers – When Was Jesus Born
  • Kenny Burrel – Merry Christmas Baby
  • Ramsey Lewis – Christmas Blues
  • David Benoit – Christmas is Coming
  • Ramsey Lewis – Merry Christmas Baby
  • Chris Botti – Ave Maria
  • Dianne Reeves – Carol of the Bells
  • The Swan Silvertones – I’m Not Tired Yet
  • Ramsey Lewis – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Bobby Durham – Jingle Bells
  • Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately?
  • The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama (not to be confused with the Unoriginal Five Blind Boys of Alabama, seriously they’re better) -This May Be the Last Time

1-2 pm Rock and Roll has had something to say about Christmas since the 50’s.  Former disc jockeys Toby Bray and Michael Butscher came by and spun the following tunes.

  • Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  • Father Christmas – The Kinks
  • Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  • Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  • Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Chicago
  • White Christmas – America
  • The Christmas Song – Linda Ronstadt
  • The First Noel – Air Supply
  • Merry Christmas, Baby – Southern Culture on the Skids
  • Merry Christmas – The Ramones
  • Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
  • Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Shawn Colvin
  • The Christmas Song – Nat “King” Cole
  • Jingle Bells – Frank Sinatra
  • Let It Snow – Dean Martin
  • It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Jackson Five
  • Christmas Isn’t Christmas (Without the One You Love) – The O’Jays
  • This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
  • L’il Saint Nick – The Beach Boys

Thursday, December 20th

12-1 pm Ed Polochick is a busy guy.  He’s conductor of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska, Artistic Director of the Choral Artists of Baltimore, and Director of Choral Activities at the Peabody Conservatory.  He was good enough to find time to come in and share his favorite classical and choral Christmas Music.

  • The First Noel, from the album Crystal Carols by Dean Shostak
  • The Holy Boy by John Ireland, from the album A Christmas Garland
  • Adeste Fideles, by Liszt, performed by Walker Marshall
  • Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 2, by Robert Shaw, from the album Festival of Carols
  • Candlelight Carol, from the album Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity, conducted by John Rutter
  • Christmas Night, Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity, conducted by John Rutter
  • Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 3, by Robert Shaw, from the album Festival of Carols
  • Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale
  • Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale

1-2 pm Hopefully you’ll have some time to relax during the holidays.  And if you do, maybe you’ll want to go to the movies…but what to see?  Never fear, we’ve brought together a great panel of film critics to tell you what to see.  We’ll talk to Violet Glaze of the Baltimore City Paper, Mike Speir from Variety, and Michael Sragrow from the Baltimore Sun.

We really hope you enjoy all of this music and special programming.  Happy Holidays!

-Jessica, Justin, Marcus

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2 Responses

  1. The show on Tuesday December 18 was great. My 11 year old son and I had great fun this year writing a Christmas play for our church that included music that will at least become part of our family’s holiday song tradition. We wrote 6 short songs that go with the play. During the play, we had simple piano accompaniment with pre-K through 4th grade singers. On a CD that we created with a story version of the play and the songs (that now helps my 3 year old to nap), we created versions of the songs that were bluesy, similar to power ballads, and hard rock. These make the Christmas story pretty exciting.

  2. Loved the Jason Willett show! Very entertaining. Have him back!

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