By Julia Figueras ~ Posted Sat, 11/01/2008 - 1:20pm
Chris Van Hof had an idea. We liked it. We're running with it, and you can help!
I always work on Thanksgiving and the Friday after. That way, I can have Christmas off to spend with family. We don't eat our Thanksgiving feast until 5-ish, so spending time with you during the day is never an interruption to our family festivites. Of course, that also means I also get out of the turkey-stuffing duties (although somehow I always end up with the cranberry squash and mashed potatoes anyway). Programming for Thanksgiving is always a delightful project; all I have to do is pick the loveliest, most contemplative tunes in our library, and put them on the air. Chris had another idea for this holiday weekend.
This was Chris' thought: what if we asked our listeners to share the music they're thankful for and why it means so much to them? And what a terrific idea! Now I have the chance to play your loveliest, most contemplative music on Thanksgiving Day (as will Chris, by the way). So...the ball is in your court. Send us your choices by email (rad...@wxxi.org) or snail mail (WXXI, PO Box 30021, Rochester, NY 14603-3021), with a brief explanation of why the piece means so much to you. We'll play your picks, with explanations, on Thanksgiving and the Friday after. If you don't want your name used, please let us know in your missive. So what will it be? Marianne is thankful for Mozart's Requiem--it always reminds her of Mozart's brilliance. I'm thankful for the Gnossienne No. 5 by Erik Satie and Chopin's Berceuse, because they always bring me inner peace. Elgar's Nimrod reminds me of my husband and children, and how deeply I love them. And what about Chris? He loves the Moonlight movement from Britten's Four Sea Interludes because them transport him to that place of serenity. And you? We'll find out soon enough! Thanks for all your entries.