December 19, 2009

Sing a Song of Gladness and Cheer

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, Christmas is a coming and last-minute shopping we'll try to swing. The displays in store windows are a constant reminder so let's forget it all and sing. We're ending our residency at The Town Hall in New York on a high note with three complementary chanteuses who will soothe your December blues: the lovely Norah Jones, the inimitable Madeleine Peyroux and the jazzy Heather Masse. As if they aren't enough to infuse you with the spirit, The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York will hark back to Christmas in the old country with some traditional sacred music. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band promises to be jolly as well, but just in case you're still feeling the slump, we've invited special guest Martin Sheen to join the Royal Academy of Radio Actors and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman. We have good faith you'll be singing along in no time at all. We believe that the more we give at Christmastime the more you get, and that's how we like it. Stay tuned!

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Garrison talks with Nikolai Kachanov

"Instead," Madeleine Peyroux

The Lives of the Cowboys

Norah Jones


    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:14 - GK opens, Silent Night- GK, Heather Masse, audience
    • 00:05:33 - Angels We Have Heard on High- GK, Heather Masse, audience
    • 00:09:26 - Lutheran Air script
    • 00:12:00 - GK intros and talks with Norah Jones
    • 00:12:49 - Tell Yer Mama- Norah Jones
    • 00:16:18 - Guy Noir script (with Martin Sheen and Norah Jones)
    • 00:30:20 - GK talks about the snowstorm, intros Madeleine Peyroux
    • 00:30:55 - Instead- Madeleine Peyroux
    • 00:35:03 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:38:08 - Cherubic Hymn- Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
    • 00:42:02 - GK talks about the choir
    • 00:44:10 - Shchedryk (Ukranian Carol of the Bells)- Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
    • 00:46:03 - The Lives of the Cowboys script
    • 00:56:16 - GK talks with Norah Jones
    • 00:57:05 - Waiting - Norah Jones
    • 01:00:20 - Norah Jones intros her band
    • 01:00:33 - Even Thou - Norah Jones
    • 01:05:20 - Intermission - Avalon
  • Segment 3
    • 01:09:10 - Greetings
    • 01:13:55 - Joy to the World- GK, Heather Masse, band, audience
    • 01:16:30 - Xmas script
    • 01:20:35 - Steel Guitar Christmas Medley - The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band
    • 01:22:15 - GK talks with Madeleine Peyroux
    • 01:23:28 - Dance Me To the End of Love- Madeleine Peyroux
    • 01:27:53 - This is Heaven to Me - Madeleine Peyroux
    • 01:30:57 - Mom script
    • 01:36:56 - December- Norah Jones
    • 01:40:13 - December Sonnet- GK and Richard Dworsky
    • 01:41:38 - GK talks with Nikolai Kachanov
    • 01:42:46 - Brooms- Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
  • Segment 4
    • 01:48:37 - The News From Lake Wobegon, The First Noel, credits

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