First of all, please allow me to say thank you to all the listeners who sent in cards and notes over the holidays. Getting up day after day in the winter is a terrific challenge, and your support and enthusiasm for fantastic music on the radio is a constant source of inspiration!
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Looking out the window, I'm filled with delicious anticipation of cozy indoor pursuits. It's 11 degrees, the trees are frosted, and it helps to embrace what Wallace Stevens called "a mind of winter." Here we are. Inside. I hope you are keeping warm and well-occupied. The National Weather Service is warning of the dangers of frost bite.
On Wednesday, December 25th, it's my pleasure to present WXXI’s annual Christmas morning special from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m.
I inherited the privilege from my late colleague and friend Richard Gladwell, who for decades, poured himself into crafting a beautiful playlist every Christmas morning. He was such an inspiration!
Santa’s helpers have been busy creating gifts for all the musicians on your list. For the little violinist, Barbie now comes ready to play her favorite Paganini Caprice.
I was totally inspired to meet and talk with Rochester home health aide Hope Dukie. She’s developed a unique personal ministry among the sickest and neediest among us. Click the sound file below ("hopefeature.mp3") to hear her talk and sing. (Our complete conversation will be available as a podcast soon at wxxi.org.)
In my parallel life as a church musician, I have the privilege of playing the organ and directing a dynamic choir in a small town Episcopal parish. Usually the choir disbands in July and August, and there’s not much going on between Sundays. But this year, I started a non-religious music group called Summer Renaissance!