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The Story Behind The Song – O Tannenbaum

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by monikaherzig

Tannenbaum
The repertoire for “Peace on Earth” transcends cultures and religions towards a common concept of peace and light during the dark seasons of the year.  For example, The Coventry Carol is an old English carol, Happy Xmas was written by John Lennon to end the war, and of course O Tannenbaum is a traditional German carol. After singing O Tannenbaum or the translation O Christmas Tree as a holiday carol for many seasons it might come as a surprise that the common lyrics written by the Leipzig teacher/ organist Ernst Anschütz in 1824 refer to the fir tree not as a decorated Christmas tree but as a symbol of faithfulness. (more…)



The Story Behind The Song – Ballad of a Snowman

Posted on: November 26th, 2015 by monikaherzig

Cover
I started the series with the oldest song from the album “Peace on Earth” and will continue now with the newest song, which is an original of mine written in 2008 as we were preparing for the release. It is also the first song of mine with original lyrics that was actually released to the public.  As I was thinking about the ‘typical’ holiday songs that often talk about snow and snowmen this quirky melody popped into my head and I was imagining the joy of building a snowman on a cold day.  (more…)



Take Five And A Few Frogs

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by monikaherzig

Jazz and Frog
A few journal entries from my Fall excursion – yesterday I was invited to present a master class on setting goals and career development for the music students at the University of Dayton as well as present a lecture recital on Women in Jazz. The recital hall featured a beautiful Bosendorfer grand piano – here is my version of Take Five as recorded during warm-up, sure enjoyed getting to play such a beautiful instrument!
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Hoagy Carmichael turns 116 – A Bloomington Legacy

Posted on: November 1st, 2015 by monikaherzig

Hoagy Grave
Hoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 22, 1899. And even though he died in California in 1981, he was transported back to Bloomington where he now rests next to his mother in Rose Hill Cemetery. My friend, songwriter Tom Roznowski likes to point out how he always visits Hoagy’s grave on his birthday and leaves some change stuck in the gravestone for him. As a matter of fact, this is a unique parallel to Cole Porter who also was born in Indiana, died in California and is buried back in Indiana next to his mother. (more…)