Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

The Thanksgiving special edition of the Merry Podcast features the music of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

New music in this episode from Carly Jamison **who rocks** a couple of new Christmas tunes this year showcases in a small way how the music of the holiday season has shaped our celebrations. While much of it is good some of it is controversial and in this episode we talk about songs and recordings that have stirred the waters of controversy over time, including the works of Elvis Presley and Stan Freberg.

By request we take a closer look at the traditional Christian hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, a nearly 300 year old song that has enjoyed quite the resurgence in popularity in the past decade. The story of its creation and creator is sure to stir you.

We also explore Christmas music that gets done wrong. We explain the meaning of the song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and how 500 years after it hit the scene it remains as popular as ever, even if artists have not a clue what they are doing with it.

And Christmas is not forgotten in this episode of thanks: Michael Rielly of shares a conversation with author Donna Deekens who tells us stories from her book, The Real Santa of Miller and Rhoads.

In all, this is an hour of celebration and song that will carry you over the river and through the woods.


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