It’s Time to Start Celebrating the Holidays
By Helen ~ December 11, 2012
Woke up to a dusting of snow this morning, totally unexpected, hadn’t heard it was coming. I always do the same thing every year: As Autumn fades, I develop a subtle but growing dread of the winter season that lies ahead. Then, when the first snow hits, I’m like a little kid who can’t wait to get his or her snowsuit on and jump right in. I love the coziness of winter: Homemade soups simmering on the stove, hot fresh ginger tea, the cat asleep by the fire, visions of sugarplums dancing in my head . . OK, maybe not that last one. But I do start to get in the mood for the holidays, which are fast approaching.
So what better way to do that than to provide two stellar Yuletide eTown programs just for you? We’re featuring two back-to-back holiday-themed shows, over the next couple weeks.
This week we rebroadcast our 2011 show, showcasing Grammy Award winning composer and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor and his band ‘Hot Swing!’ plus talented newcomer Matt Wertz. Some brief info on each:
Musical veteran Mark O’Connor began as a child prodigy and is thought to be one of the more significant composers and violinists around. The LA Times calls him “one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music – any music – today.” He’s always wanted to do a holiday project, and he comes with an armful of tunes from his recent Christmas CD.
Young Matt Wertz bring songs from his release, Snow Globe (you may or may not have heard Matt’s name, but if you watch TV or attend movies, I guarantee you’ve heard one of his original tunes – he’s had several included on soundtracks for various popular television shows and films. He’s come up with a really fun holiday-feeling CD, and he’s a perfect fit for this show.
As you might expect, we have a heartwarming (and body warming) E-Chievement Award story for you, too, one that reflects the true spirit of giving which so often gets usurped by the overly consumptive thing that the holidays can end up being these days.
So it’s a pretty festive time here in eTown this week, I hope you can be with us. (btw this show airs the week of December 12th – 18th), check your station’s schedule for its particular day and time, or podcast.
Then, next week we return with more holiday fare for your listening pleasure. Fun!
Check out these videos below from this week’s show, they’ll get you in the Yuletide spirit.