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An hour of Christmas movie music awaits

Rob Martinez
Rob Martinez

They say you haven’t made it until you’ve played Fort Wayne. Get ready world, for I am about to “arrive” thanks to the diligent efforts of a former student (and lifelong friend), Rob Martinez.

Regular visitors know Rob better as “Colonna,” his nom de guerre used when posting in the The Big Screen comment section.

Audio clip

These Things Mean Christmas to Me

In September of 2014, Indiana’s favorite son began producing and hosting The Movie Music Spotlight for 89.1 WBOI. Since starting the weekly Thursday night cavalcade of soundtracks, Rob has dedicated hours to Clint Eastwood, Drew Barrymore, Mel Brooks, James Bond, classic horror, and, of course, Mr. Martin Scorsese.

Just one of hundreds of holiday musical oddities Rob’s been kind enough to share.

Rob is also the curator of one of the largest privately owned collections of Christmas music in the United States — his annual CD compilations are the stuff of legend. Every year the station lets him cut loose with an hour of Yuletide jangle. The 2015 edition of The Nights Before Christmas will feature music that was introduced in or associated with Christmas movies.

Rob mastered two principles of living while under my skilled tutelage at Chicago’s Columbia College: never take Marty’s name in vain, and Bob Hope was a very old, not-so-funny, violently insane madman whose television specials interfered with the thought patterns of millions of Americans.

I am one of them. Not long after Rob graduated, Mr. Hope sent out a telekinetic message compelling me to slip into my former student’s room under cloak of darkness and plant a giant sea pod under his bed. Everyone in the family was hooked soon after.

Podcast episode

Reader Writers Out Loud

Scott Marks on KPBS

Marks discusses one of his favorite films, Lemon Drop Kid, which contains the classic Christmas song, "Silver Bells."

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Included in the upcoming Christmas broadcast will be a three-minute segment on the introduction of the song “Silver Bells” in the wonderful Frank Tashlin/Bob Hope comedy The Lemon Drop Kid that I recorded for a certain local radio station that shall remain nameless. Here’s a clue: it’s the one that axed a movie show I co-hosted the second the icky, not-for-profit profiteers were asked to reward hard work with financial remuneration.

Knowing full well my feeling of disdain, Rob placed a call to the enemy camp and secured the rights to air the segment. To their credit, the station agreed.

Rob forwarded an MP3 of the schtick that I’ve posted here, but don’t dare listen to it out of context. Wait until it airs Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm PST, ladies and gentlemen, followed by an encore presentation on Christmas Day. Listen live here.

Rob originally wanted to spotlight a piece I recorded on It’s A Wonderful Life, but a bell rang inside his head hinting that “the Bob Hope segment fits better with the format on my show.” Apparently it’s been years since Rob’s cleaned under his bed.

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Rob Martinez
Rob Martinez

They say you haven’t made it until you’ve played Fort Wayne. Get ready world, for I am about to “arrive” thanks to the diligent efforts of a former student (and lifelong friend), Rob Martinez.

Regular visitors know Rob better as “Colonna,” his nom de guerre used when posting in the The Big Screen comment section.

Audio clip

These Things Mean Christmas to Me

In September of 2014, Indiana’s favorite son began producing and hosting The Movie Music Spotlight for 89.1 WBOI. Since starting the weekly Thursday night cavalcade of soundtracks, Rob has dedicated hours to Clint Eastwood, Drew Barrymore, Mel Brooks, James Bond, classic horror, and, of course, Mr. Martin Scorsese.

Just one of hundreds of holiday musical oddities Rob’s been kind enough to share.

Rob is also the curator of one of the largest privately owned collections of Christmas music in the United States — his annual CD compilations are the stuff of legend. Every year the station lets him cut loose with an hour of Yuletide jangle. The 2015 edition of The Nights Before Christmas will feature music that was introduced in or associated with Christmas movies.

Rob mastered two principles of living while under my skilled tutelage at Chicago’s Columbia College: never take Marty’s name in vain, and Bob Hope was a very old, not-so-funny, violently insane madman whose television specials interfered with the thought patterns of millions of Americans.

I am one of them. Not long after Rob graduated, Mr. Hope sent out a telekinetic message compelling me to slip into my former student’s room under cloak of darkness and plant a giant sea pod under his bed. Everyone in the family was hooked soon after.

Podcast episode

Reader Writers Out Loud

Scott Marks on KPBS

Marks discusses one of his favorite films, Lemon Drop Kid, which contains the classic Christmas song, "Silver Bells."

Download podcast

Included in the upcoming Christmas broadcast will be a three-minute segment on the introduction of the song “Silver Bells” in the wonderful Frank Tashlin/Bob Hope comedy The Lemon Drop Kid that I recorded for a certain local radio station that shall remain nameless. Here’s a clue: it’s the one that axed a movie show I co-hosted the second the icky, not-for-profit profiteers were asked to reward hard work with financial remuneration.

Knowing full well my feeling of disdain, Rob placed a call to the enemy camp and secured the rights to air the segment. To their credit, the station agreed.

Rob forwarded an MP3 of the schtick that I’ve posted here, but don’t dare listen to it out of context. Wait until it airs Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm PST, ladies and gentlemen, followed by an encore presentation on Christmas Day. Listen live here.

Rob originally wanted to spotlight a piece I recorded on It’s A Wonderful Life, but a bell rang inside his head hinting that “the Bob Hope segment fits better with the format on my show.” Apparently it’s been years since Rob’s cleaned under his bed.

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How do ya do, ladies and gentlemen? This is Bob "Support Public Radio" Hope reminding you to brush with Pepsodent, drive a Chrysler car, fuel up with Texaco gasoline, and shop at K-Mart. That should handle the sponsors.

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Hey, guess what? I'm gonna be on a radio show in Fort Wayne, isn't that something? The last time I played Fort Wayne Lindbergh landed in Paris.

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Rob Martinez is spotlighting a segment by Scott Marks spotlighting a segment by me. How do you like that, I get third billing!

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It's a lovely piece about "Silver Bells", the song I introduced with Fort Wayne's very own Marilyn Maxwell. We rehearsed that song over and over and over and OVER until we got it right. And over and over and over...

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I really hope you can tune in tonight at 10 PM - and don't forget, I'll be opening the new wing of the Eisenhower Medical Center for the Very Old and Rich in Palm Springs, CA on January 18th - I hope to see you there. And remember to buy lots of US Savings Bonds folks - our boys overseas need those bucks to save our way of life.

Okay, Les... hit it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfXzvYrGhMk

Dec. 18, 2014

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