Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 16!

Advent Day 16

Day 16: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” English carol Have you heard of Postmodern Jukebox? If you haven’t, you should know about them, because they are very cool. They take pop songs that seem vapid and trivial in their mass-market … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 15!

Advent Day 15

Day 15: Katherine Kennicott Davis, “Little Drummer Boy” UPDATE: See parody of the Bowie/Crosby version below! There is a dark side to Christmas, music nerds — it’s not all twinkly lights and cookies. I talked a little bit about seasonal … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 14!

Advent Day 14

Day 14: Leroy Anderson, “Sleigh Ride” When I first arrived in Pittsburgh 18 months ago, I was eager to find ways to get involved in the local music scene. I happened to meet someone who played in a church handbell … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 13!

Advent Day 13

Day 13: Joni Mitchell, “River” Okay, my dear music nerds, I have something to say that might make many of you mad. Don’t be mad, okay? On second thought, go ahead, if you need to. After all, who am I … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 12!

Advent Day 12

Day 12: “Ríu Ríu Chíu,” 16th-century Spanish Carol When McDoc and I lived in Boston, we sang with a wonderful choral group, Masterworks Chorale. The group puts on three concerts each year at Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus, plus … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 11!

Advent Day 11

Day 11: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” 16th-century French Carol The first year I lived in Boston, I noticed the custom of people placing a single candle in each window of their homes during the holidays. (Battery-operated, thus not a … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 10!

Advent Day 10

Day 10: Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Shortly after our wedding, McDoc and I loaded my car with a few fragile wedding gifts, enough clothing to last until the moving van caught up … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 9!

Advent Day 9

Day 9: “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” Confession: I sorta have a thing for eerie, somber music. I’m not an eerie or somber person, but there’s just something compelling about music that delves into the shadows. I think it’s … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 8!

Advent Day 8

Day 8: Franz Biebl, “Ave Maria” I grew up in the Lutheran Church, which explains my love of hymns, as well as a few of my endearing personality quirks. McDoc, on the other hand, was raised Roman Catholic, and we … Continue reading

Classical GRAMMY Nominations, a.k.a. Miss Music Nerd’s Christmas List!

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Poring over the list of GRAMMY Nominations in the Classical Category has become a holiday tradition for me ever since I became the Classical Music Blogger for the GRAMMYs back in 2009. It always provides a fascinating cross-section of the … Continue reading