Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 19!

Advent Day 19

Day 19: Carol Hall, “Hard Candy Christmas” My friend Marcy reminded me of the song “Hard Candy Christmas” today when she posted the video below on Facebook. It was buried in my memory several sedimentary layers down, and I remember … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 18!

Advent Day 18

Day 18: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker had its premiere in St. Petersburg on this day in 1892. It got mixed reviews, though the music fared better with critics than the dancing. It wasn’t til several decades later … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 17!

Advent Day 17

Day 17: “Harpsichord At The Holidays: Christmas Carols Past And Present,” performed by Elaine Funaro I’m a big-time public radio nerd; Commercial radio makes me crazy. So when I’m driving or puttering around the house, it’s usually with a soundtrack … Continue reading

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