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Options December 22, 2015: Seaching for some seasonal spirit.

This year's KeepTru Christmas Tree

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Ralph Towner  Silence of a Candle   Options Diary  ECM   
Weyes Blood  Some Winters   Options The Innocents    0:03:14 ()
Jane Siberry  If God Be For Us   Options Shushan the Palace (Hymns of Earth) Christmas    0:09:20 ()
Rickie Lee Jones  Christmas in New Orleans   Options the other side of DESIRE  Thirty Tigers  0:13:46 ()
Samara Lubelski  Snowy Meadows II   Options Parallel Suns    0:19:00 ()
Suzzy & Maggie Roche  A Prayer   Options Zero Church  Red House Records  0:22:38 ()
Gaby Moreno  Jesus en Pesebre   Options Posada  Metamorphoss  0:26:50 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
(Various)   Options Joyous Music Box Christmas  Musical Heritage Society  0:30:21 ()
Aimee Mann  Whatever Happened to Christmas?   Options One More Drifter in the Snow  SuperEgo Records  0:38:47 ()
Rufus & Martha Wainwright  Some Children See Him   Options The McGarrigle Christmas Hour  Nonesuch  0:41:36 ()
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal  The Sun is Rising   Options Talkin' Christmas  Sony Masterworks  0:45:51 ()
Laura Nyro  Christmas in My Soul   Options Christmas and the Beads of Sweat  Columbia  0:49:57 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
(Various)   Options Joyous Music Box Christmas  Musical Heritage Society  0:56:37 ()
Sandy Denny with Alex Campbell  The Sans Day Carol   Options 19 Rupert Street  Witchwood Media  1:03:53 ()
Alasdair Roberts  Song Composed in December   Options A Wonder Working Stone    1:08:36 ()
Allysen Callery  Winter Island   Options Winter Island    1:14:52 ()
Bert Jansch  The Ornament Tree (Bonnie Potmore)   Options Dazzling Stranger  Sanctuary/Castle  1:18:13 ()
Clive Palmer  Christmas Carol   Options Banjoland    1:22:09 ()
Shirley Collins & Davy Graham  The Cherry Tree Carol   Options Folk Roots, New Routes  Fledg'ling Records  1:24:27 ()
John Renbourn & Robin Williamson  The Snows   Options Wheel of Fortune  Flying Fish  1:27:47 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
      1:32:46 ()
Amor de Días  Wild Winter Trees   Options Street of the Love of Days  Merge Records  1:41:03 ()
Keola Beamer with George Winston  Poli'Ahu - The Show goddess of Mauna Kea   Options VA: A Winter's Solstice V  Windham Hill  1:43:00 ()
Mark O'Connor (ChrisThile, mandolin)  One Winter's Night   Options An Appalachian Christmas  OMAC Records  1:49:02 ()
John Fahey  Christ's Saints of God Fantasy   Options The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album/Christmas With John Fahey, Vol.2  Takoma  1:53:47 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
      2:04:17 ()
Bipolar Explorer  Silent Night   Options BPXmas  Slugg Records  2:11:53 ()
Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen   Options (Live on WAXQ, NYC 11/24/2004)  (Ian Anderson)  2:16:36 ()
The Strawbs  Benedictus   Options Halcyon Days: The Best of the Strawbs  A&M  2:21:04 ()
Kate Bush  December Will Be Magic Again   Options (1979 Xmas Special)  (YouTube video)  2:25:26 ()
Bora Yoon  O Pastor Animarum (O Shepherd of Souls)   Options Sunken Cathedral  Innova  2:29:22 ()
Portland Cello Project  In Freezing Winter's Night   Options Winter: The Best Nine Months of the Year  Kill Rock Stars  2:33:49 ()
McCoy Tyner  I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options Jingle Bell Jazz  Columbia  2:37:30 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
(Various)   Options Joyous Music Box Christmas  Musical Heritage Society  2:43:29 ()
Phil Ochs  No Christmas in Kentucky   Options A Toast to Those Who Are Gone  Rhino  2:47:01 ()
The Gripweeds  A Christmas Song   Options Under the Influence of Christmas  Rainbow Quartz  2:50:04 ()
The Butties  What Child is This?   Options 12 Greatest Carols  Parody Records  2:52:33 ()
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks  Run Run Rudolph   Options Crazy for Christmas  Surf Dog  2:55:07 ()
Joseph Spence  Santa Claus is Comin' to Town   Options Must Be Santa! The Rounder Christmas Album  Rounder  2:57:19 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Rita Ford's Music Boxes 
(Various)   Options Joyous Music Box Christmas  Musical Heritage Society  3:00:17 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 12/22/15 9:02pm Sean in Bristol, UK:

Hi Irene,
Happy Holidays, hello one and all
  Tue. 12/22/15 9:03pm Listener Robert:

I like the tree, but who/what is KeepTru?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:04pm redkayak:

Happy holidays & solstice all :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:06pm Irene Trudel:

Hi Sean, Robert and redkayak! Welcome to this Christmassy-thingy. Robert, KeepTru is a combination of my husband's any my last names (Keepnews, Trudel). Kind of perfect, I must say!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:06pm redkayak:

Nice to be listening... I was teaching a class on Tuesday nights this last term...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:08pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Love The Mets ornaments on the tree, Irene
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:11pm Irene Trudel:

Glad you're now free to listen, redkayak! Sean, those ornaments are a mainstay for us. Not pictured, our Santa on a Mets rocking horse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:16pm redkayak:

I was lucky: had good students this term. The 16 weeks went by pretty quick this time around...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:32pm Sean in Bristol UK:

A wonderful set, thank you, Irene
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:42pm JakeGould:

Happy Festivus!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 9:54pm slugluv1313:

<3 Laura <3
  Tue. 12/22/15 9:57pm IFisher:

Charmed by the selections, Irene. Laura Nyro passeth all understanding, bloweth my mind
Happy Festivus Everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 9:58pm Sean in Bristol UK:

The Laura Nyro track was a thing of beauty
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:05pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Irene, really wanted to stay with you until 5 am but starting to fade a bit so will catch the rest of the show on archive. Have a cracking Yuletide.
  Tue. 12/22/15 10:06pm Listener Robert:

Do the cats climb into & up the KeepTru tree & stalk the ornaments, as I've seen elsewhere? I've known housebroken dogs to make a sissy on a Xmas tree, like, "I must be outside, it's a tree." They think of the ornaments as fruit too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:07pm Irene Trudel:

Totally understood. Pleasant dreams, Sean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:10pm Irene Trudel:

Robert, surprisingly they don't anymore. I used to tack the tree to the window with fishing line. My kitties are getting a bit older (and one of them is doing quite poorly at the moment). They haven't even ventured underneath it yet. But they do love the smell.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/22/15 10:14pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Catnip-filled ornaments would be either a great idea or a terrible idea. I'm not sure which yet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:15pm coelacanth:

greetings Irene and others

sorry to ave missed Laura Nyro, but i think it's high time i pull the album out anyway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:18pm Irene Trudel:

Ken, I don't think that's a good idea. Best not to attract too much feline attention to the tree. I've taken to hanging non-breakable ornaments near the bottom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:20pm Irene Trudel:

Yes, coelacanth, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat has some gorgeous tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Bert b. 3rd Nov. like me. Just sayin'.
  Tue. 12/22/15 10:23pm shanghi1:

Happy Holidays Irene. Thank you for this.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 10:32pm slugluv1313:

Happy Holidays, Irene!
my kitties and i send *healing vibes* to your little one -- hoping she (or he) is feeling better soon <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:33pm Irene Trudel:

Cool, Rev. Rabbit! Bert wasone of my favorite guitarists, as was John Renbourn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:35pm JakeGould:

Lovely music box.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:41pm JakeGould:

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Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 10:42pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for both, Jake!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:06pm Van in DC:

Merry Christmas all.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:08pm Van in DC:

Any chance December will be magic again?
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:09pm Van in DC:

Wow what a set list. I've missed out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:13pm Irene Trudel:

Hi Van! I'm trying to whip up a little magic tonight. Hope it's helping.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:15pm Van in DC:

Greatest Xmas song of all time by her KaTeness, you know. Just saying.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:19pm Van in DC:

Today walking along the National Mall, an enormous hawk in a tree. An unsuspecting squirrel going up the trunk. Oops. The hawk took notice....so did Mr. Squirrel. It was quite a hilarious back and forth between them for a while. Squirrel won.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:20pm coelacanth:

hey Irene i'm turning the computer off but i'll still be listening.
Thanks! Beautiful program!
later on folks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:23pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks coelacanth!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:24pm Van in DC:

Irene are you here next week? Or taking New Years days off?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:24pm Parq:

How damn marvelous. I haven't heard this Strawbs track in decades.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:25pm Van in DC:

And yeah, not New Year's Day, but days before.
  Tue. 12/22/15 11:25pm cronbat:

This is the Christmas Show that I've been wanting to hear for years....
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:26pm Van in DC:

THANKS IRENE!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:27pm JakeGould:

Brining out the Kate Bush for Christmas!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:28pm Van in DC:

I needed this. So many thanks.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:29pm Summer and Michael:

Happy Christmas greetings for NorCal, Irene! Thank you so very much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:31pm Irene Trudel:

I'm definitely here next week, Van. gonna do my annual best-of show.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:32pm Van in DC:

Awesome. Glad to hear it. Thanks again Irene. You are always just the bestest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:33pm Irene Trudel:

So sweet, croonbat! And thank you, Summer and Michael. Parq, that Strawbs track is a fave too. They're playing the US in the spring.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/22/15 11:37pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The selections tonight are what I like in a Christmas broadcast. Much better than this guy's attempt: www.mashable.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:38pm Irene Trudel:

Yikes, Ken, that sounds positively painful!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:39pm Van in DC:

Holiday depression is real. Never before have I had it so bad. This show has helped, just in the 40 minutes I've been privileged to hear. Thank you Irene.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:43pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Van! I'm not feeling very spirited this year. Playing this music definitely helps me, so I'm hoping it helps others as well.
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:44pm Van in DC:

Hearing this piano is like looking at a master artwork...wow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:50pm northguineahills:

I've never heard this Phil Ochs!
Avatar Tue. 12/22/15 11:53pm Van in DC:

Actually, thinking about blessings in my life... this show is definitely one of them. Truth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/22/15 11:58pm Irene Trudel:

Well, hope you all have nice holidays! Catch younext week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 12/23/15 12:00am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Irene. This show was just swell!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/23/15 12:00am Parq:

This Joseph Spence is the greatest Christmas recording ever.
Avatar Wed. 12/23/15 12:07am slugluv1313:

@ Van in DC -- you are so right re: Holiday Depression
i agree, Irene's show has DEFINITELY helped
wishing everyone the BEST and BRIGHTEST Holly-Daze, and again, THANK YOU IRENE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/24/15 1:24am Sean in Bristol UK:

An awesome selection of Yuletide music, thank you Irene
Avatar Mon. 12/28/15 10:19am Van in DC:

Just remembered that I missed the first couple hours of this show! Post Christmas treat for me to be able to catch up!
Avatar Mon. 12/28/15 2:47pm Van in DC:

I am so glad I came back for pars missed! Wow, what a show.
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