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Rest Oration

A Requiem Mass is most often a funeral Mass. The music consists of prayers for the dead as well as some standard Mass parts, such as the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), and the Agnus … Continue reading

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Bear with Us

Amanda Marr from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce brought a friend with her. Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear wore his Christmas vest and relaxed on the back of the couch in the WNOX studio. I interviewed Amanda about the 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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General T.S.O.

Paul O’Neill, the founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is a native New Yorker. At one point in my phone interview with him, I made him laugh by using a New York accent. Paul called WNOX to promote the band’s December 10 … Continue reading

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Only 184 Days Until Christmas

Metro Pulse reports that  J’s Mega Mart is going out of business for real this time. Rumors of their closing have been around for years. The news prompted me to look for the blog posts I wrote in 2008 and 2009 … Continue reading

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Apple Picking

My kids are helping to grant my Christmas wish this year. I asked for a trip to New York to hear my wife sing at Carnegie Hall with the Knoxville Choral Society. My wife was surprised and said she felt … Continue reading

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Won’t Go Until We’ve Got Some

A package of dried figs was my contribution to a Christmas Eve party today. They were rather chewy but the guests seemed to enjoy them. At the end of the party, there were eight figs left over. I took four … Continue reading

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Drumming, Piping, Dancing and Singing

The Knoxville Choral Society has a catered meal between Saturday performances of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Clayton Holiday Concerts. For the past several years, my wife, who is a soprano, has purchased an extra ticket for me to join her … Continue reading

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Neil Down with It

Ripley is one of the first people I met in Knoxville. In fact, she picked me up at the airport when I moved here to work at the old 100.3.  She was the night jock and music director. She has … Continue reading

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The Ladies Who Lunch

During the past year-and-a-half, Nancy and Sheila, two sisters who are retired librarians from Yonkers, have become my loyal pen pals. They knew me as a child and would suggest books for me to read. In October, Nancy became president of … Continue reading

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Did It All for the Cookie

The various Christmas cookies that my wife and I made this weekend have all been mentioned on my blog over the years. Oreo Truffles Cappuccino Bars Cracker Candy Meringaroons Fr. Chris Michelson’s Chocolate Chip Cookies My wife discovered that it … Continue reading

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There Will Be Plenty Implied

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is one of my favorite winter songs. I can’t really call it a Christmas song, even though it only gets airplay between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The problem with “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is that it can sound … Continue reading

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Simply Gotta March

It’s always a compliment to be invited back, especially if the first time was so much fun. Fellow radio personality T.K. and I were invited back to host the City of Gatlinburg’s cable TV coverage of the Fantasy of Lights Christmas … Continue reading

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On the Fritz

In The Nutcracker, Fritz drops and breaks the title character. In the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association production of The Nutcracker, my character (The Governor) cheers for Fritz when he and the boys scare Clara and the girls. When I … Continue reading

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If I Were a Richman

Maestro Lucas Richman of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was my first guest on the Classic Hits 93.1 Celebrity Couch. You’ll notice that it’s the same setup as the Classic Hits 93.1 Comedy Couch. The different names give me the opportunity … Continue reading

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