Well, I'm disappointed. It has become apparent that Santa won't be bringing me a new Christmas CD from Mark and Jessica this year. But there is some compensation: Steyn is making his two-hour The Mark Steyn Christmas Show available and it's really great. Here's what I said about it in 2009:
Aside from its intrinsic appeal as a Steyn production, it contains some authentic musical gems by Dorothée Berryman, Monique Fauteux, and Elisabeth von Trapp. I'm looking for Berryman recordings but there isn't much out there. The carol by Fauteux is gorgeous, with the added interest that its lyrics were composed by one of the awesome North American Martyrs, St. Jean de Brebeuf.Assuming the recording is the same as the one originally offered as a podcast, other features worthy of note:
Update 12/26: I've since listened to the entire two hours of Steyn's Christmas show (some parts more than once) and need to mention a few more highlights:
- Mark's interview with Hugh Martin, composer of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, featuring the composer's own poignant rendition of the song.
- Berryman, Fauteux, and Steyn's performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Ooh-la-la!
- Mark and Rob Long discuss the best sitcom ever, The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- Mark and Jessica do a rollicking extended version of "It's De-Lovely." I can testify that it holds up to compulsive repeated listening, a la "The Christmas Glow Worm."
- Dorothée Berryman performs a beautiful winter medley which includes the neglected "Winter Weather." (Hey Mark, how's about you and Jessica do a full version of that next year?)
("Winter Weather" was written by Ted Shapiro in 1941. Here's Peggy Lee's version.)
Speaking of Christmas shopping, we'll be posting our annual children's books suggestions soon. For now, here's last year's list. More recommended titles here. As always, we greatly appreciate any shopping you do through out site.
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