Aired: December 21, 2018

Holiday Favorites and Memories

A woman plays the piano in front of a Christmas tree. Credit: Nick Webb / flickr. Licensed by CC by 2.0.

  • Christmastime is Here (10 min.)

    With: Tim Anderson (Old Dominion University)

    Tim Anderson reaches back to the music of his youth during finals week at college and introduces a modern reworking of a Charlie Brown Holiday special classic.

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  • Carol of the Bells (8 min.)

    With: Jacqueline Secoy (Longwood University)

    Jacqueline Secoy remembers the seasonal music around her house and tunes that she first played in an orchestra.

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  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (9 min.)

    With: Kevin Bartram (University of Mary Washington)

    Orchestra conductor Kevin Bartram explains what is that something special, singers like Judy Garland and Tony Bennett bring to the classic songs of the season.

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  • The Roots of Rock and Roll (13 min.)

    With: Chris Kjorness (Longwood University) 

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll. She became the first superstar of gospel music and was an early influence on Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Johnny Cash. Chris Kjorness plays some of her groundbreaking recordings and talks about her legacy.

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  • Playing the South (11 min.)

    With: Gary Richards (University of Mary Washington)

    The Broadway musical has often taken up southern themes, from Show Boat and Porgy and Bess in the first half of the twentieth century to Memphis, which hit the Broadway stage in 2009. For all their popularity, Gary Richards argues that these musicals nevertheless tend to have a negative view of the South and don’t reflect its diversity today.

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