Produced by Scott Gurian
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Marjorie Van Halteren
Posted on November 27, 2005 at 09:04 AM
The (positive) response to this piece on PRX got my attention - I'm the 7th reviewer - this story about WWI soldiers calling time out in the trenches is a lovely, telling story - but certainly not "little-known" over here - there's even a holiday season film out about it this year. Are we in the US really that unaware of what war is? I will say that I think it's a nice, thoughtful piece for the holidays - and I love the song featured - but I agree with other reviewers that it's too bad the interview is over the phone - but the information is useful.
Posted on May 06, 2005 at 09:26 AM
A brief look at an essential part of human behavior. This little know historical incident might serve to help us think. Very nice for holiday drop-in. Gentle, while substantial.
Posted on December 17, 2004 at 11:35 AM
Given the present state of our world and our present involvement in war this selection is timely. It serves to remind us that we as a global community are truely one people. War and hate needs a foundation in intolerance and the McCutcheon piece deftly incorporates the lyrical score with the mythology surrounding the event desribed in the song bringing the listener face-to-face with the spirit of acceptance of ones "enemy" as neighbor. In this day of yellow ribbons rightfully supporting our troops in the cause of battle there needs to be the ribbon saying "love your neighbor". This selection serves as this reminder.
Posted on December 08, 2004 at 09:07 AM
Since I've known this song for years I was drawn to this piece. What I find, though, is that the song is a much more powerful statement by itself than it is with McCutcheon's commentary interspersed. The commentary adds little that isn't in the song, except for undocumented statements that these kinds of events have been common in other wars, as well. If true, that would make a very interesting story -- a story I'd love to hear. But in this piece, it's little more than an interruption. As previously noted, the audio quality of the interview is a distraction, as well.
Posted on April 05, 2004 at 08:35 AM
Nice mixing of music and actualities. Mood fits an evening show, perhaps "cross-themed" with peace and war issues. Would be a excellent series part on music related to war.
Posted on December 25, 2003 at 02:12 AM
Best Christmas song I have heard for some time.
It seems very factual except for one minor point. There is reference to "gas clouds" but such clouds did not occur until the spring of 1915. There were a few gas shells used in 1914 but there were no clouds of rolling gas.
Even so, This is a great song!
Posted on December 04, 2003 at 12:59 PM
Powerful, little known anecdote about WWI described by John McCutcheon, whose moving song plays throughout the story. His reflections draw explicit connections to Vietnam and of course, current battles. However, the tape of him speaking sounds as though it’s coming to us from 1914, which is a little distracting. Must have been taped on the phone, or else he was trapped in a cave. But one is grateful for the story, no matter, and it makes me long to hear a fuller account from one or more of the soldiers. The producer accurately describes airing possibilities. sl