Host Jim Blum and Producer Joe Gunderman

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Ornaments and Icing: Songs and Stories of the Holidays is a celebration of sorts. Like a good celebration, it incorporates the familiar and comfortable with the fresh and new. Many of the songs on this, the 2007 and 5th edition, are songs we all know well. But we've never heard them played quite like this. A dobro on Away In A Manger, a distant wood flute on In The Bleak Midwinter, even more years of angst informing the rollicking new live version of Suddenly It's Christmas. Unless you're from that part of Canada, this will probably be your introduction to a song called Christmas In The Valley. The original Song Of The Menorah may be new to you as well.

We refer to the stories as the "Icing." Informally, several of the artists comment either on the song they're performing or the Season. Our more fully presented tales include the story of Skippy's adopted family and the concept of Dog Heaven. And, of course, there is the Ornaments and Icing traditional take-a-turn reading of The Night Before Christmas. If you click on that title below, you can listen to just that excerpt and read along to find out which voice matches which name.

Every title below is a link. Click on it for more information, and to additionally link to the artists' websites.

All the best for the holidays. On behalf of all the artists who made this hour of music and stories possible, I hope this contribution to the season adds to your enjoyment.



--Joe Gunderman, producer



The Ornaments and Icing Line-up for 2007

TERRI HENDRIX with LLOYD MAINES - Away In A Manger

HAL WALKER - Children Go Where I Send Thee

APRIL VERCH - Christmas In The Valley

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL - Mele kalikimaka (The Hawaiian Christmas Song)

THE POLYJESTERS - Sleigh Ride

MAGPIE - Song of the Menorah

DAVID MASSENGILL - Dog Heaven

BILL MIZE with BETH BRAMHALL - Silent Night

BARYNYA - Kolyadka

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III - Suddenly It's Christmas

PETE MORTON with ANDREI PIDKIVKA - In The Bleak Midwinter

THE ROCHES - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

TINA BERGMANN with BRYAN THOMAS & HEATHER MALYUK - Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella

ANNE LALLEY & JOE EBEL - Christmas Is Coming (A Round About Christmas)

ALL - The Night Before Christmas

DAVID WILCOX - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)






Previous Programs:

Ornaments & Icing 1999

Ornaments & Icing 2000

Ornaments & Icing 2001

Ornaments & Icing 2006





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