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The Matt Wilson Christmas Tree-O (L-R): Paul Sikivie, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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The Matt Wilson Christmas Tree-O (L-R): Paul Sikivie, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer.

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Instruments played or conducted by the Matt Wilson Christmas Tree-O in its Tiny Desk Concert:

  1. snare drum
  2. ride cymbal
  3. acoustic bass
  4. tenor saxophone
  5. Bb soprano clarinet
  6. piccolo
  7. toy piano
  8. top of a stereo receiver
  9. wooden CD shelves
  10. Morning Edition mug
  11. ad hoc choir of NPR employees
  12. singing Santa hat

At the NPR Music offices in Washington, D.C., Wilson, Paul Sikivie and Jeff Lederer chose some traditional carols for us, and played them in non-traditional ways. The video podcast, more of my words and an audio-only version (with a bonus cut) are at the link that follows. You guys! This was so much fun. [NPR Music: Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O: Tiny Desk Concert]