The holiday season is well underway. The telltale signs abound. Final exams. Weather closures. Office and Club potluck parties. The mad dash of cars loaded with colorfully wrapped loot. So many delicacies to taste and so few pants that will zip close. So I’ve indulged one more week, in preparation for the reality checks that are to come.
I couldn’t imagine a better way to start the Monday morning off than with a classic Jingle Bells Medley performed by that master of bluegrass, Béla Fleck. I adore Fleck’s accomplished virtuosity as well as his grounding in musical roots and traditions. Fleck has endeared himself to my musical sensibilities as only a handful of musicians have because he maintains a firm grasp on quality while he whimsically combines rhythms and textures in unique juxtapositions. His collaboration with the Alash Ensemble, a group of Tuvan throat musicians from the region sandwiched between Siberia and Mongolia, is just such an unexpected pairing of traditions and instruments. It’s not something that makes it way onto the department stores muzak loop. But could it be more perfect? I’ve included the video below, because if you are like me…once is just not enough.
There are plenty of other gems in the playlist. Click on the links for more information. Of note: I play both Pam Parker and Pamela Parker. As far as I can tell, they are not the same person. Pam has some wonderful jazz stylings that we sampled today. Coming soon will be some tunes from Pamela that are more blues and roots infused. Eartha Kitt tells us how good she has been with Santa Baby, and how bad she wants to be with I Want To Be Evil. Naughty or nice, ’tis the season to listen to some Eartha.
As promised, we heard from Wil Maring with two seasonal songs from her An Ocean From Home album. On January 15th, Wil & Robert Bowlin will be holding workshops for aspiring singer/songwriters at the Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL. It’s an all day affair, starting at 10am and finishing up at the Yellow Moon Café with a concert at 7:30p. Folks of all levels of abilities are encouraged to attend. For more information, you can contact Wil at or giving her a call (618)319-0656. Space is limited. Fun will surely be had by all!
I’ll be busy helping with some holiday fill-ins the rest of the week. Stay tuned for more information on the substitute DJs who are going to help me fill some big shoes/shows. I’ll have those promos posted within the next day or two. Thanks as always for helping me start the week out right. This is YOUR community radio station, so don’t be shy. Let me know if you’re wanting to share your passions with the community at-large…and play a few tunes.
Jingle Bells Medley Béla Fleck & The Flecktones featuring Alash Ensemble
In the Bleak Mid-Winter Kiri Te Kanawa
At The Christmas Ball Erin McKeown
Mood Indigo Raya Yarbrough
Santa Baby Eartha Kitt
I Want to Be Evil Eartha Kitt
A Bluesman’s Christmas Coco Montoya
Dimming of the Day Bonnie Raitt
Christmas In My Hometown Wil Maring
Six Feet Of Snow Little Feat
Christmas Train Carey Bell
Cold, Cold, Cold Little Feat
Soulful Christmas James Brown
The Grand Reopening Theatre Of Life
Let’s Stay In and Make Love Nick Lowe
Bucky’s Present Wil Maring
Slack Key Guitar “Silent Night & Silver Bells” Dayton Clint
Hawaiian-style “Away in the Manger & Silent Night” Jesse Tinsley
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Bob Rafkin
You Are Mine Pam Parker
At Last Etta James
What You Gonna Do Joan Osborne
Sleigh Ride Mambo Zombies
A Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song Christine & The Mistletones
Snow! Medley Christine & The Mistletones
Ave Maria Kiri Te Kanawa
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Because most of my Christmases were spent in Hawaii…where in the old days the local guys used to sit on the porch of ohana-style houses and jam on ukuleles & guitars while drinking Primo beer…and I’d walk slowly down the street to hear sample their private concerts…warm salty breeze heavy with plumeria, ginger and night-blooming cereus.