This is the second year of our effort to have fun creating something fresh to listen to during the holidays. We offered singers and musicians the NPR network if they would record their own interpretation of a classic carol they've always loved, or put forward a new seasonal song. In either case, it was to be an unreleased recording. In that way everyone shows up with a new present that everyone else can enjoy!
Twenty-three "Ornaments," or songs, and three stories are performances you've never heard before; they premier here. Add to the stories some nugget-size anecdotes by the artists, and a visit with Pete Seeger, and you've got your "Icing." Enjoy!
The artists did have fun. From Leon Redbone jazzing up his "Christmas Island" live in concert, to Alison Brown and her group inventing a medley and calling it Carol AND the Kings because, "...that's funnier," to Eric Bibb making a trip up to Vancouver and recording a special song with his dad Leon, everyone caught the spirit and created some wonderful moments for us to listen to. Thanks to all of them.
Our take-a-turn telling of "The Night Before Christmas" is becoming a tradition as well, this year involving twenty-nine readers! It happens near the end of the second hour, and helps get across the "gang" spirit of the show.
Whether you catch it on an NPR station, or here off the web, I hope you enjoy "Ornaments and Icing," and have a wonderful holiday season.
--Joe Gunderman, Producer
Listen to the show on-air on 89.7 WKSU on the following date:
Sunday, December 24 at 10pm
The details of the songs featured in both hours follow...