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The Soundtrack you hear in your head as you hand the toll collector your last dollar and drive tentatively into the lonely tunnel toward the arms of Morpheus. But like, who's playing that crazy organ? (Visit homepage.)

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Options December 22, 2003: Open All Solstice Night

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Nino Rota  Concerto Soiree per Pianoforte e Orchestra; Valzer-Fantasio   Options Rota: L'Oeuvre pour piano; Concerto soirĂ©e; Fantasia "Don Giovanni"  Auvidis France    CD  Ferrara City Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli, with Danielle Laval - piano. 
Respighi, Ottorino  Adoration of the Magi (Trittico Botticelliano: L'Adorazione Dei Magi - Andante Lento)   Options Respighi / Martinu  Ent. Media Partners    CD  State Chamber Orchestra Of Zilna (Slovakia), conducted by Jan Valta 
Dvorak,Antonin  Symphony #8; allegro con brio   Options Dvorak; The Golden Spinning Wheel; Symphony #8 in G  BBC Music Magazine  2002  CD  BBC Philharmonic, cond. Gianandrea Noseda

Here's tonight's "rotating host," spinning like a dreidel, Bob Rixon a.k.a. DJ Rix
Carpenters  Merry Christmas, Darling   Options Carpenters Christmas Portrait  A&M  1978  LP  On the way to the station tonight I heard this song broadcasting - LOUDLY - at one a.m. from outdoor speakers in front of a darkened pizzeria next to the Grove Street Dunkin' Donuts. First released in November 1970, it's an exemplary example of a war-time song for lonely G.I.s. 
Henry Mancini
Soldier In the Rain   Options Best of Mancini, Vol. Two  RCA  1966  Vinyl  The early Sixties were Hank's best years; good films, great tunes. "Soldier In the Rain" starred Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen & Tuesday Weld & was essentially a sad comedy about the routine life of the peacetime soldier just prior to Vietnam. One critic complained that the movie makes you think something great is about to happen, but it never does. Which is exactly what I like about it. & the lovely Tuesday calling Gleason "jellybelly," with affection. 
George Jones  Lonely Christmas Call   Options Bummed Out Christmas  Rhino    CD   
Suddenly, Tammy!  Snowman   Options Shut Up, It's Christmas  Warner  1195  CD   
Patterson, Don  Merry Christmas, Baby   Options Christmas Collection  Prestige    Vinyl  Don on B3, with Pat Martino on guitar & Billy James on drums. 
Margie Joseph  Christmas Gift   Options Soul Christmas  Atlantic    CD   
Lisa Mychols
Lost Winter's Dream   Options Lost Winter's Dream  Rev-Ola  1991  CD   
Mahler, Gustav  Bedachtig. Nicht eilen   Options Mahler: Symphony No. 4  Sony  1965  CD  George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra, Judith Raskin 
Swingle Singers  Sinfonia   Options Bach's Greatest Hits  Philips    Vinyl  Of course it ain't jazz. The French can't play jazz. Or rock & roll for that matter. 
The Band  Acadian Driftwood   Options Northern Lights - Southern Cross  Capitol    Vinyl  One of five or six cuts by this group I really enjoy. 
Mollie O'Brien  In the Bleak Midwinter   Options Tinsel Tunes  Sugar Hill    CD   
Western Wind  In the Bleak Midwinter   Options An Old-Fashioned Christmas  Nonesuch  1983  Vinyl  Music by Gustav Holst. Words by Christina Rossetti. Larry Bennett, Tenor in this ensemble, taught at Upsala College & did a radio show at WFMU late 70s & early 80s. 
Toots Hibbert  Spiritual Healing   Options Spiritual Healing  Mango  1983  EP   
Holst, Gustav  Saturn, Bringer of Old Age (duo pianos)   Options The Planets (for two pianos)  Naxos    CD  Len Vorster, Robert Chamberlain, pianos.

Holst - a "new age" personality if there ever was one - associates Saturn with old age. We've just passed the solstice & into the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Although winter may bring with it a feeling of constriction & caution, a tendency to look back, a concern with (or fear of) time - all Saturnalian qualities, we have in fact already conquered the darkest night & are beginning the long rebirth into spring, the Journey of Persephone upward from the Underworld.
Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits  Go Tell It On the Mountain   Options Go Tell It On the Mountain  Real World  2003  CD   
Pascha, Edmund (1714-1772)  Pastoral Carols   Options Pascha: Christmas Mass/Christmas Carols  Ent. Media Partners  1995  CD  Prosae Pastorales: Carols: Get Up, Shepherds; Oh, Shepherds, Get Up; The New Year's Coming; A Strange Thing Has Happened; To The Forest, To The Mountains, Shepherds.
Musica Bohemica cond. by Jaroslav Krcek/Chamber Choir Of The Prague Men's Choir/Iuventus Paedagogica cond. by Jiri Kolar. Like many other CDs from this label, the actual performers may not be those listed. I highly recommend the music.
Anonymous 4  I saw a swete semly syght; There is no rose of swych vertu   Options On Yollis Night  Harmonia Mundi    CD   
Seeger, Mike, Peggy, Penny
Heard from Heaven Today   Options American Folksongs for Christmas  Rounder  1989  LP box set  from the Ruth Crawford Seeger folksong collection 
Brahms, Johanne  Serenade No.1 in D Op. 11, Allegro molto   Options Serenades 1 & 2  IMP  1992  CD  Westdeutsche Sinfonia, conducted by Dirk Joeres 
Prokofiev, serge

Overture on Hebrew Themes   Options Prokofiev: Works for Orchestra Vol 1  Vox    CD  Orchestre National de l' O.R.T.F. , Conducted by Jean Martinon 

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