A Little Girl Was Born
Maia Grace Keillor

A little girl was born to Garrison Keillor and his wife Jenny Lind Nilsson on December 29 in New York, six pounds, 2-1/2 ounces, named Maia Grace Keillor. Baby and mother are both in good shape. The birth occurred six days after the mother had played violin in a performance of Messiah, and fell almost exactly in the middle of the two-week layoff of A Prairie Home Companion: a timely arrival. The father e-mailed as follows:
It was the most wonderful New Year's Eve of my life, sitting in a hospital room with Jenny and our little daughter, who is lively and alert, elegant, the most beautiful child. She seems content in my arms, seems to recognize my voice. I worried about whether to have a child -- at 55, the arithmetic is interesting -- and now I feel so lucky to have this little girl and to have experienced her birth. To see your child's head appear and then her shoulders and then the whole body, and two minutes later, to hold her in your arms, a tiny pink baby, waving her arms, dark eyes looking around, turning toward your voice -- this is a religious experience, one to remember forever. Happy New Year to all, from the three of us at home.

--Garrison Keillor



Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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