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Every Christmas Eve at exactly 3 p.m., the Chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England plays A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The tradition began in 1918, and for decades it’s been broadcast on the BBC and around the world. Continue Reading A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols: Commemorating A King’s College Choral Tradition
Made famous by Frank Sinatra — who grew to hate it — “My Way” represents the quintessentially American outlook that nothing in life matters more than living on your own terms. Continue Reading American Anthem: A Toast To ‘My Way,’ America’s Anthem Of Self-Determination
A woman had become barely verbal, an effect of dementia. Her daughter, an opera singer, decided to try singing Christmas songs with her, and they reconnected. Continue Reading This Opera Singer’s Mom Was Lost In Dementia’s Fog. Singing Christmas Carols Brought Her Back
We celebrate 25 Years of democracy in South Africa by focusing on the trailblazers that stayed during the brutal era of apartheid, featuring Herbie Tsoaeli and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Continue Reading The South African Songbook: Jazz Musicians Who Stayed During Apartheid
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is back at the top of the chart a quarter century after it was first released. So why haven’t there been any lasting Christmas songs to take its place? Continue Reading Why Are New Standard Christmas Songs So Rare These Days?
The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio’s approach to the Tiny Desk was ferocious. Shabaka Hutchings, aka King Shabaka, blew his sax hard while his effects pedal added reverb, expanding not only his sound but altering the office and making it a little eerier. Continue Reading The Comet Is Coming … To NPR’s Tiny Desk For A Deeply Entrancing And Jazzy Set