Monday, December 16, 2019

K.A.C. 2019 - T - 9 ...

     We're down to the single digits and with that comes the stress of the final push for the holidays - family and friends coming over (do you have everything you need for dinner?), too much on your gift giving list and not enough time or money to get it all, even with Amazon, etc. What to do, what to do?

      Would it surprise you to know this is a long-standing worry? How long standing? How about December, 1885? Worries about money are always with us, none more so than during the Christmas season. With that in mind, our Christmas For Your Ears presentation today is something out of the ordinary - a classic Christmas tale of a different sort. Oh, no, don't expect a miser and three old ghosts ... we have instead a very guilty young man who needs money desperately and a voice that tells him how to get it, driving him to worse and worse decisions. The tale is called 'Markheim', and it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1884, but did not see print until December, 1885. It has been anthologized many times since its initial publication and, as you'll hear, given its narrative content, was an optimal choice for radio (and later TV) adaptations. This version is from the show THE WEIRD CIRCLE, which ran from 1943 - 1945 and ran 78 episodes - the show was known for adapting classic horror tales from Poe, Stevenson and the like. So give a listen, from 1945, to the cautionary tale of ... 'Markheim'.


     And speaking of weird, have I got a present for you! This may be your new favorite Christmas ditty ... it's certainly something you can't unhear - brace yourself and crank up the volume for this Christmas Miracle Mashup music video of Mariah Carey and Marilyn Manson's 'All I Want For Christmas Is The Beautiful People'!

          You know what? Let's continue to ride this musical train a little bit further. My old friend Ms. Laney just posted a PERFECT followup to the above song, speaking of mashups. Enjoy Six13's 'Bohemian Chanukhah'!


     More tomorrow!

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