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Confetti Park

Dec 2, 2018

Let the holiday music commence!

It’s the most magical time of the year…and we are feeling the holiday magic in Confetti Park! I hope you enjoy the culture I’m sharing from Louisiana, the Mississippi Delta, and beyond.

The Confetti Park radio show is a weekly 30-minute program that streams online and airs in cities across the United States, made available for free to all community radio stations on the Pacifica Network. We’re going to enjoy the music of the season all this month on every episode. There will be Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs of light, and children’s favorites all month long here in Confetti Park, as well as sweet stories to make you smile. Thanks for joining me, your host, Katy Hobgood Ray!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Fats Domino
Joke of the Day – Snow Bank
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Elvis Presley
Christmas in Tennessee – Amy Grant and Kid Pan Alley
Christmas in New Orleans – Louis Armstrong
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Michael Doucet
Blue Christmas – Linnzi Zaorkski
Mele Kalikimaka – Debbie Davis & Matt Perrine

All about the music

On this episode, Snow Bank, we start off with the delightful Fats Domino, singing about everyone’s favorite reindeer.

The we hear from the one and only Elvis Presley, singing “Here Comes Santa Claus.” I bet kids of all ages, even young ones today know that voice… Now, while I still call New Orleans home, I recently took a wonderful job at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. That’s where Elvis lived and first recorded!

So let’s hear another song from the Volunteer State… enjoy Amy Grant and Kid Pan Alley with “Christmas in Tennessee,” followed by the great jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong with “Christmas in New Orleans.” How fun to compare the lyrics! They both begin with verses about the distinctive trees of the regions.

Christmas in Tennessee
The leaves are changing colors, they’re falling off the trees
I know it won’t be long now till it’s Christmas in Tennessee. 
I hope somewhere that Santa Claus is thinking about you and me. 
He’s gonna bring us lots of toys when it’s Christmas in Tennessee.

Christmas in New Orleans
Magnolia trees at night, Sparkling bright, 
Fields of cotton look wintery white 
When it’s Christmas time in New Orleans
A barefoot choir in prayer fills the air, 
Mississippi folks are gathering there, 
‘Cuz it’s Christmas time in New Orleans.

Next we hear from the marvelous Cajun musician Michael Doucet with “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, followed by a jazzy version of “Blue Christmas” by Louisiana chanteuse Linnzi Zaorkski (who was raised in Alexandria and Shreveport and now calls Bush, Louisiana home). Last we hear a Hawaiian Christmas song, “Mele Kalikimaka,” performed by singer Debbie Davis & sousaphonist Matt Perrine, a married couple who are busy musicians in New Orleans (as are their musical kids).

Also featured in this episode are two delighted holiday stories. One is a fun little tale from Justin Wilson, an old Cajun cook from Roseland, with “Santa Claus and the Mouse.” And we hear “The Kitty at the Manger” told by Mary Jean Chester of Des Allemands, Louisiana.

The Confetti Park radio show and podcast is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Thanks for listening. Remember to look for the magic in every day!