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Holiday Special 2021

Deeper Cuts

Release Date: 12/20/2021

Holiday Special 2021 show art Holiday Special 2021

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Our annual holiday special has returned and so has our traditional gift exchange! Join Shannon, Graeme and Rob as they exchange albums with each other (this year as a duo-- double the potential catastrophization!) and find out if their gift is a stocking hung by the chimney with care, or a Grinch-robbed home instead. Throughout, the Deeper Cuts trio will be answering listener questions about holiday music and about the show! It's the one holiday party you can be guaranteed a good time. Stay warm, metaphorically speaking, from the glow of , which covers all the albums covered in...

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5.7: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015) (Part Two) show art 5.7: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015) (Part Two)

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In part two of our exploration of the 2015 soundtrack to the musical Hamilton, the Deeper Cuts trio continue their discussion of the resonant themes in the musical that helped Shannon become the person she wanted to be and how music can help us set our values. We also talk about what Hamilton has to say about American history and the musical's use of references to other works. For this finale episode to the fifth series of the Deeper Cuts, Shannon, Graeme and Rob throw in everything but the kitchen sink (and possibly even that). Will we find a way to say no to this? Or will this episode still...

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5.6: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015) (Part One) show art 5.6: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015) (Part One)

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How can art shape our very identities? How can it give us a sense of direction from the people we are to the people we want to be – shaping our very values? Shannon adopted the city of New York as her home, and many of her album selections for this show across multiple seasons demonstrate her love for the city as she made memories there and became an independent and more confident person. But with the 2015 musical Hamilton, New York loved her right back, and the production transformed her. What was it about this grand and unique production that resonated with her to such a degree? How did it...

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5.5: Steve Taylor - On The Fritz (1985) show art 5.5: Steve Taylor - On The Fritz (1985)

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When one is at a young age, the way isn’t always as straightforward as we initially think. This is true of the subcultures, ideology and even faith communities we find ourselves in. But what remains after we find ourselves on a different path years later? How do those lessons we picked up from a bygone age play now? They remain with us perhaps just as unexpectedly, even when we’ve become completely different people years down the line. Steve Taylor’s 1985 album On the Fritz, an example of the emerging movement of Christian Contemporary Music in 1980s, was an artifact from a different era...

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5.4: The Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here show art 5.4: The Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here

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Being connected. Feeling surrounded by those who support you. It’s vital to happiness, particularly during life-altering events like the birth of a child, for instance. This was on Rob’s mind as he anticipated the arrival of a new daughter, and the feelings associated with being surrounded by an extended support system of soon-to-be aunties, uncles, and grandparents, too. The soundtrack for all this was 2004’s Everyone is Here by the Finn Brothers, a record that is about these very same sorts of connections and how they affect who we are and how we perceive the world. So, what did...

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5.3: Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose (1987) show art 5.3: Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose (1987)

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Romance! Everyone has an idea of what it means to them. It is certainly attached to intense emotional states, especially when we’re young. By the late eighties, Graeme was in college in doing content creation in a time before podcasts – this time as co-editor of the school newspaper. It was there that his fellow editor turned him onto the finer things in literature and in music – including Van Morrison’s Poetic Champions Compose. The record spoke to Graeme in his earnest romantic state of mind during a time when he was trying to find his way through the briar patch of youthful...

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5.2: Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope (2006) show art 5.2: Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope (2006)

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A clean slate. A new era. A dedication to a new focus. When Shannon moved to Boston’s Fenway neighborhood for graduate school, these were some of the things that characterized her life at that time. As we’ve learned by now, for every era in a music fan’s life, there is a soundtrack. Regina Spektor’s 2006 record Begin to Hope was just that, as Shannon immersed herself in the world of books, academia, and a new sense of independence as a person living in the city – a theme that would certainly recur in her life from there. So, what did her Deeper Cuts co-hosts think of the album? Is it...

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5.1: A-ha  - Hunting High & Low (1985) show art 5.1: A-ha - Hunting High & Low (1985)

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Some records become the soundtrack for pivotal periods of self-discovery in our lives, even if we’re not aware of the importance of those times to our personal development – maybe even especially so. In the summer of 1987, Rob took a trip to Barbados to stay with his cousin. Driving around the island, A-Ha’s 1985 album Hunting High and Low played in the car often; music from a northern and sometimes wintry country serving as a sonic backdrop to adventures in the sunny Caribbean. More importantly, its underlying tone and emotional content allowed 18-year-old Rob the space to consider his...

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The Soundtrack Sessions 3: Ennio Morricone - The Mission (1986) show art The Soundtrack Sessions 3: Ennio Morricone - The Mission (1986)

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Welcome to Deeper Cuts: The Soundtrack Sessions - a three-episode miniseries which finds the Deeper Cuts trio looking at the the intersection between film and music while looking at albums that were meaningful to one of them. As a teenager, Graeme was drawn to the world of orchestral film scores. Thanks to a friend at church who gave him a (wait for it) mix tape of movie soundtracks, Graeme was well on his way. One of the big ones around this time was Ennio Morricone’s score for the 1986 film The Mission, a story about faith, politics, colonialism, and ultimate violence. That soundtrack...

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The Soundtrack Sessions 2: High Fidelity (2000) show art The Soundtrack Sessions 2: High Fidelity (2000)

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Welcome to Deeper Cuts: The Soundtrack Sessions - a three-episode miniseries which finds the Deeper Cuts trio looking at the the intersection between film and music while looking at albums that were meaningful to one of them. When favourite films and favourite soundtracks converge at exactly the right time in our lives, magic happens! In Shannon's case, this was also a time when she worked in a video store with her fellow movie and music tastemakers among the all-female staff, so she had the additional joy of reveling in pop culture banter at the retail level, experiencing geek wisdom, and a...

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Our annual holiday special has returned and so has our traditional gift exchange! Join Shannon, Graeme and Rob as they exchange albums with each other (this year as a duo-- double the potential catastrophization!) and find out if their gift is a stocking hung by the chimney with care, or a Grinch-robbed home instead. Throughout, the Deeper Cuts trio will be answering listener questions about holiday music and about the show! It's the one holiday party you can be guaranteed a good time.

Stay warm, metaphorically speaking, from the glow of our Spotify Playlist, which covers all the albums covered in this special, as well as just about every album in season five, and our Soundtrack Sessions from a few months ago for good measure. Also, don't forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!

Special thanks to Deborah Stanish for the "vox pop" at the start of the episode.

We'll be back with lots more Deeper Cuts in 2022!