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Playlist #1837 Dec. 22, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“What Do Bad Girls Get?”, Joan Osborne, Christmas Means Love, Womanly Hips Records,

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Playlist #1836 Dec. 15, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“Celebrate Christmas”, B. B. King, Christmas In Blues, KRB Music Companies,

“I Hear Jingle Bells”, Freddy King, Blues, Blues Christmas vol. 4 (various artists), Document Records,


A very popular event in Helena held annually on the winter solstice is coming to Billings this year.

The Interfaith Solstice Service, known as Leaning Toward the Light,  is being put on by Jewish and Christian communities of Billings:  Congregation Beth Aaron, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Yellowstone County United Methodists.

The service will recognize how religious traditions lead toward light in this the darkest time of the year.

Billings Gazette

Thursday, December 21st is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, and the focus will be on people in the Billings region who lack a permanent address, a place to call home.

It’s the 24th annual Homeless Persons Memorial vigil, an opportunity to remember and grieve the homeless who have died over the last year.  

Carol Blank, manager of care for the homeless at RiverStone Health, said there is no service, no funeral, no closure for the friends of the homeless who die.

Stella Fong

One of the most memorable images I have of Paris is one with a baguette. From my hotel window I saw a man in a blue chapeau with a plaid scarf wrapped around his neck carrying a long baguette leaving the bakery across the way. There was something romantic about securing a freshly baked loaf of bread, and even more when I realized it was my husband. 

Stella Fong

The dark chocolate cake edged with perfectly piped ribbons on a bright white cake stand.  The auburn browned turkey on a silver platter garnished with glistening identical cuts of carrot.  These are images on the cover of food magazines. You are mesmerized, and then say “I can do that.” So you challenge yourself and spend the hours securing the right ingredients, and then preparing and cooking in the kitchen. At the very end, your cake and turkey vaguely resembles the photo. Furthermore, you are not all that sure the tastes warranted the effort.

Resounds: Cinnamon Spear, Bently Spang

Dec 11, 2017
courtesy Cinnamon Spear and Bently Spang

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner talk with two members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. Both Cinnamon Spear and Bently Spang use a variety of media to tell powerful stories of their land and culture.

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Playlist #1835 Dec. 8, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree)”, Butterbeans And Susie, Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (various artists), Legacy Recordings,

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Playlist #1834 Dec. 1, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records,

“8 Days (Of Hanukkah)”, Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings, It’s A Holiday Soul Party, Daptone Records,  

“Mele Kalikimaka”, Chris Isaak, Christmas, Reprise Records,

“Mutoto Kwanza”, Angelique Kidjo, Oyaya!, Columbia Records,

photo illustration by Patrick Williams

Jazz greats Clay Jenkins and Bob Bowman helped shape the sound of jazz in the 1960s and 1970s, performing with the likes of the Thad Jones Orchestra and Freddie Hubbard, among others. On November 2nd, 2017, the pair brought their distinctive sound to the MSUB campus at Cisel Recital Hall. YPR and the MSUB Department of Music recorded the concert and produced it for broadcast. The program is hosted by MSUB's Professor of Low Brass, John Roberts. Roberts and Professor of Woodwinds Scott Jeppeson also contributed music to the broadcast. The program was produced by Jackie Yamanaka and Jamie Granzella for YPR.