Letters: On 'Winter Songs'

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block correct a story from Thursday's show, and read emails from listeners about a "Winter Songs" segment.

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Finally, this hour, a correction and your emails.


In yesterday's program, we said that Congressman Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan, was facing a primary challenge in his district. The congressman's office called us, and we confirmed he is not facing a primary challenge.

BLOCK: We regret that error. Now, a testament to the power of music or at least one good song.


BRANDI CARLILE: (Singing) How I miss you, and I just want to kiss you. And I'm going to love you till my dying day. How these days grow long.

BLOCK: That's Brandi Carlile singing "Dying Day," the final pick in our series about winter songs. "Dying Day" got listener Joanna Woodbury and her husband through an 11-week wintertime wait to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia.


JOANNA WOODBURY: I don't know. I feel like it's all about longing, and it's all about a little bit of hurt and just waiting until you can get back to that person. And that's how I felt, like I just needed someone to call me and say: Get on the plane and go get her. Just go get her.

SIEGEL: We heard Joanna's story yesterday, and many of you were quite moved, including David Bareither of Bloomington, Illinois. He writes this: I'm currently in my final semester earning my bachelor of science at age 29 while working full time and, oh, how I long to be home with my 11-month-old daughter and wife of five years. This song brought tears to my eyes as I thought about graduation in May and our subsequent trip to Colorado. Thank you so much for stories like this. They make people like me feel less alone when in the library until 1 a.m.


WOODBURY: (Singing) How these days grow long.

BLOCK: You can send us your thoughts about anything you hear on the program. Please write to us at npr.org, just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page. And for our younger listeners, don't forget the March pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club. It's "The Mysterious Benedict Society." You can ask the author your questions. Email us at backseatbookclub@npr.org.

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