40: Mannheim Steamroller Derby

by Max Leibman

Is it too early in the year to talk about Christmas music? Does Caitie care whether it's early? Will Max let her be the grumpy one this week?! All is still merry and bright this time on Priority, as the team takes its quarterly sidestep to consider a work from popular culture. 

The Mannheim Steamroller album Christmas created a new sound in a style driven by traditional tunes. In their analysis, Caitie insists on recognizing the deep roots and modern spirit of Christmas as a cultural experience, and Max reflects on the significance of memories made around these holiday classics.

Composer Chip Davis started something special when this album hit stores in 1984. Queue it up now with the Priority team to get into the spirit . . . even if it is a little early. 


Christmas and Holiday Season | Wikipedia

"Good King Wenceslas" | Wikipedia

Mannheim Steamroller | Wikipedia

Christmas by Mannheim Steamroller | Wikipedia / Amazon

Chip Davis | Wikipedia

North Pole | Wikipidia

Christmas Celebration by Mannheim Steamroller | Amazon

American Gramaphone | Wikipedia

"Silent Night" | Wikipedia

Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Wikipedia

Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage | Unesco

Franz Xaver Gruber | Wikipedia

John Gruber | Wikipedia

"Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer | Wikipedia

"Jump" by Van Halen | Wikipedia

A Christmas Carol, Stave 1 by Charles Dickens | Wikiquote

Mulan (1998) | IMDB / Amazon

"I Saw Three Ships" by Sting | YouTube

Special Olympics | Nonprofit Organization

#xmasmusicreview by @rev_zach | Tweet

"Greensleeves" | Wikipedia

"What Child Is This?" | Wikipedia

"O Tannenbaum" by Mannheim Steamroller | YouTube
[Listen to the last half to hear what Max meant about UFOs.]

The Muppet Christmas Carol | IMDB / Amazon

Priority Episode No. 33: "Because Future" | Previous Episode

"Words that are pluralized in the middle?" | StackExchange

Feliz Navidad (Song) | Wikipedia

"Mannheim Steamroller's Chip Davis On How To Build A Multi-Million Dollar Brand" by Melinda Newman | Forbes

Chip David Interviewed by John McEuen for SyndicatedNews.NET | YouTube

"Run Rudolph Run" | Wikipedia

Aparteid | Wikipedia