Pink Martini performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

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"I think that's maybe my best strength as a musician: the ability to accompany and to breathe with whoever's taking the lead," Thomas Lauderdale says. Autumn de Wilde hide caption

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Song Travels

Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale On 'Song Travels'

NPR's Ari Shapiro and others join the Pink Martini co-founder in a journey through popular song.

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Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Evers family hide caption

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Pink Martini performed on Mountain Stage back in 2005. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes say the members of Pink Martini sat down and wrote a list of their favorite holiday songs before they began writing their new album, Joy To The World. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pink Martini's new album is Splendor in the Grass. Adam Levey hide caption

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