Singing out the Year

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Maggie, Suzzy, and Terre: the Roches. Source: Irene Young hide caption

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I'm looking forward to today's show in the way many of you probably often listen: I'm hoping to hear something new. I love all kinds of music, but no one's heard it all, so when my boss pitched the Roches as a great holiday music show, I was all ears and an empty head. I've never heard them, but before-my-time sure doesn't mean bad, so I'm listening to them on Myspace right now. The first thing that strikes me is the way their three voices together sound like a chord played on a piano more than the output of three separate instruments... striking. That song was called Hammond Song. Next I skip ahead to For Unto Us a Child is Born, since I'm told the Roches are particularly known for their holiday songs. It appears on their 1990 album, We Three Kings. It sounds old, and I don't mean 17 years old, which it is, or before-my-time old. It sounds like a carol sung in a King's court centuries ago. Sound interesting to you? You can leave questons for the sisters here.

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This is such a great gift to hear the Roches on TOTN.

Thanks, folks!

Sent by Elliott MITCHELL | 3:43 PM | 12-10-2007

My 3 children, now 16, 14 & 11, grew up listening to "Will You Be My Friend" over and over. We love all the songs and know them by heart, but "Disappointed" is their all time favorite. I love how all the songs capture the toddler/childhood years perfectly.

Lastly, when my husband and I were dating, one of our best and most memorable dates was to see the movie, "Crossing Delancey", in which Suzzy did a great job as Amy Irving's girlfriend and the Roches provided the music. My husband and I have always been disappointed that the soundtrack wasn't made available. It captured the movie perfectly.

Thanks for brightening our lives with your music.

Sent by Cara | 3:48 PM | 12-10-2007

I am one of your biggest fans from South Dakota. I saw you many times at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. My college roommates thought I was crazy but they came to love you. I did have a visual of all three of you in striped shirts and straw hats. Sorry. I am so grateful for you and your music.

Sent by Jennifer | 10:18 PM | 12-10-2007