Welcome to a holiday episode from our Serenade Radio series of Steyn's Song of the Week. In this edition Mark celebrates the Christopher Columbus Songbook, which is more extensive than you might think.
To listen to the show, simply click above.
Thank you for your enthusiastic comments about this series. Gail Rothesay, my fellow Ontarian and a member of The Mark Steyn Club, writes:
Mark! I set the timer and listened to your Serenade programme. What joy! Amidst what often seems our endless travails, your music took me away, so much so, the end seemed too soon. Peggy Lee. Such a voice.....
The big band on after you [Johnny Beerling's show] reminded me of the rather interesting nugget: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's grandfather was a big band leader, based for quite a while here in Southern Ontario. It boasted the rather unusual name, Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen. His son, also Mart, did his Air Force flight training with my husband near Red Deer. An interesting and accomplished family, despite present troubles.
Thank you, Gail. Glad you enjoyed the show. And just for you and all other Canadians celebrating Thanksgiving in a decadent and diseased Trudeaupia with flags at permanent half-mast, here are Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen and Mr Kenney's own composition, with a title that would get you a Human Rights Commission complaint today - "We're Proud of Canada":
Happy Thanksgiving - and these days I'll take that over the anglo "O Canada" and its revisions without end.
If you didn't catch today's audio edition of Steyn's Song of the Week on Serenade Radio in the UK, do treat yourself and catch one or other of the repeats:
It airs again on Monday morn at 5.30am London time - that's 9.30pm Sunday on the US and Canadian West Coast, so a kind of late-night vibe to it, but it's early Monday afternoon in Oz, so a mellow post-prandial feel to it.
And, as mentioned above, Serenade has added an additional rerun of the show on Thursday at 9pm UK time. Whichever you prefer, we hope you'll tune in. You can listen from anywhere on the planet right here.
This airing of my Serenade Song of the Week is a special presentation of The Mark Steyn Club. We launched the Steyn Club over four years ago, and in this our fifth year I'm immensely heartened by all the longtime SteynOnline regulars - from Fargo to Fiji, Madrid to Malaysia, West Virginia to Witless Bay - who've signed up to be a part of it. Membership in The Mark Steyn Club also comes with non-musical benefits, including:
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