This is the second year of our effort to have fun creating something fresh to listen to during the holidays. We offered singers and musicians the NPR network if they would record their own interpretation of a classic carol they've always loved, or put forward a new seasonal song. In either case, it was to be an unreleased recording. In that way everyone shows up with a new present that everyone else can enjoy!

Twenty-three "Ornaments," or songs, and three stories are performances you've never heard before; they premier here. Add to the stories some nugget-size anecdotes by the artists, and a visit with Pete Seeger, and you've got your "Icing." Enjoy!

The artists did have fun. From Leon Redbone jazzing up his "Christmas Island" live in concert, to Alison Brown and her group inventing a medley and calling it Carol AND the Kings because, "...that's funnier," to Eric Bibb making a trip up to Vancouver and recording a special song with his dad Leon, everyone caught the spirit and created some wonderful moments for us to listen to. Thanks to all of them.

Our take-a-turn telling of "The Night Before Christmas" is becoming a tradition as well, this year involving twenty-nine readers! It happens near the end of the second hour, and helps get across the "gang" spirit of the show.

Whether you catch it on an NPR station, or here off the web, I hope you enjoy "Ornaments and Icing," and have a wonderful holiday season.

--Joe Gunderman, Producer

Listen to the show on-air on 89.7 WKSU on the following date:
Sunday, December 24 at 10pm

The details of the songs featured in both hours follow...

Ornaments & Icing 99 -- see where the tradition began!


Jim Blum, host


Joe Gunderman, producer

The Lineup
Click on each link below to learn more about the performer(s)
and the contributed song or poem.
Hour One
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer -- American Noel
Alison Brown -- Carol And The Kings
Leon Redbone -- Christmas Island
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage -- Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
Bill Staines -- A Christmas Lullaby
David Holt -- The Ruby
John Floridis -- What Child Is This/Coventry Carol
Grace Griffith -- Miss Kitty's Christmas
Peter Mayer -- People Look East
Pete Seeger -- intervew, T'was On A Night Like This
Al Petteway & Amy White -- Coventry Carol -- Pat-a-Pan
John McCutcheon -- The Greatest Story Never Told
Jim Blum -- Reflection On The Longest Night
The Bobs -- Christmas Morn

Hour Two
Tom Chapin & Michael Mark -- Memories Of Christmas
Under The Tree -- Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
John Gorka -- Christmas Bells
The Limeliters -- Children Go Where I Send Thee
Robin Bullock -- It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Eric & Leon Bibb -- There's A River
The Asylum Street Spankers -- Far Away Christmas Blues
Brooks Williams -- Good King Wenceslas
Tom Paxton -- It Was A Night Like This
Joe Gunderman -- The Old Man's Last Christmas
Alex Bevan -- We Could Be Elves
Bob Bellamy & Wendy Barlow -- The Moon Shines Bright/T'was In The Moon Of Wintertime
The Cast -- The Night Before Christmas
Livingston Taylor -- The Christmas Song

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