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Sunday Evening Video: The 2008 RFC Christmas Treat

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Tonight’s video is a mini-show in lieu of a full-blown Radio Free Charleston Christmas episode.  If you’ve been scoring at home, you remember that I put RFC on hiatus for a month after I wrecked my car.  This meant that there would be no Holiday episode of the show this year.

However, we already had one killer song in the can. So we couldn’t leave you high-and-dry during the cheery season. Hence this “Christmas Treat.”

We had our cameras on hand at a pick-up rehearsal midway through the 2008 run of the original Dan Kehde/Mark Scarpelli rock opera, “Mary,” and we recorded Molly Means, as Mary, performing the climactic song from the show, “Child, My Child.” This is the song Mary sings to her newly-born baby, Jesus.  Molly performed this nearly acapella during a pick-up rehearsal midway through the run of the show. I say “nearly acapella” because her fellow cast member Eli Chambers was ably filling in on piano, but our microphones didn’t pick up the keys.  It’s a phenomenal performance, and we’re proud to share it with you as part of our Christmas Treat.  If you haven’t seen it, this might give you a taste of what has deservedly become a December tradition here in Charleston.

There are also a couple of new interstitials from Frank Panucci, and a snippet of the drum circle from the Winter Solstice Ball at the UUC, held December 20.

Tomorrow’s Monday Morning Art will be one of the seven “Digitally Assaulted Madonna With Child” paintings that I did for Molly’s video. On the other side of the jump, you can see a few of the others.

Here’s Molly, as Mary, in a digital pencil sketch, the only monochrome image from the video.

Here’s a more abstract/impressionist depiction.

Finally, here’s a close up, in digital watercolor.

Check back tomorrow for more in Monday Morning Art.

1 Comment

  1. Bella Dona

    What a beautiful song. Beautifully sung, too. The Madonna and child images are a nice touch.
    Cool to see a show that’s so holiday inclusive, what with the drum circle from the Solstice event and all. This really is a Christmas treat.

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