Christmas Eve 2010 with David Marsden

December 24, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Christmas Eve is a magical time for many. Some hold the traditions of attending services, gathering with family and friends, and even opening a gift or two in anticipation of the big day.

For many of us, the holidays are filled with stress, loneliness, disappointment, and heartache. The anticipation born of the commercialism of the time leaves many of us feeling unfulfilled and empty. That’s when David Marsden steps in.

David nurtures us all year round by weaving a tapestry of music that is more fine art than craft. Rightfully called the “master of free-form broadcasting,” he lets the music take us on a journey that brings us far away from the drudgery of real life, and allows us to enter a happy place deep within ourselves.

On Christmas Eve, the magic really blossoms. Thirty-seven years ago, Marsden himself experienced the feeling of emptiness that engulfs so many. As it reached out and tried to consume him with dread and fear, he fought it back. It was on that one night as he walked alone on cold and snow-swept streets, that a voice told him to do what he does best so that others would feel warm, cared for, and part of a family. This year embodied all that was fabulous from the previous years. It was truly a work of love.

David works hard to ensure that everyone feels a sense of community. And, you need not keep your feelings to yourself. Sistahmar provides a chat room where you can come and discuss what’s on your mind, talk to others who feel much like you, and celebrate a worldwide communal Christmas. David provides the music and the heart-warming stories, Happy Pants provides the latest updates on Santa’s whereabouts, as well as firsthand glimpses into his bag of goodies, and the rest of us provide the companionship via Sistahmar’s Marsbar Theatre Chat Room, FaceBook, and email.

It’s never too late to start a tradition. David Marsden can be heard on 94.9 The Rock (who graciously provided 5 hours of commercial-free time to David on Christmas Eve) Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm until midnight (ET). He’s currently on a short break and will return on Saturday night, January 8. Consider joining us then. We’ll save you a spot by the fire in the theatre.

I’ve chosen not to publish a complete playlist from this year’s extravaganza, merely list some of the special highlights. You really need to experience the show firsthand. In the meantime go to and download the available podcasts that David posts to get a taste of what you’ve been missing. And, we’ll anticipate your visit on the 8th.

 ~ MissParker ~

Alex Lifeson – Little Drummer Boy
Captain Sensible – One Christmas Catalogue
Chris DeBurgh – A Spaceman Came Traveling
Crash Test Dummies – Little Drummer Boy
Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne
David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy
David Marsden Reading Of “The Night Before Christmas”
David Marsden Reading Of Toy Trains
David Marsden Christmas War Story
David Marsden Christmas Eve On The Radio Story
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer – I Believe In Father Christmas
Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
Jethro Tull = Another Christmas Song
John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Jon Anderson – O Holy Night
La Cage Aux Folles – The Best Of Times Is Now
Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
New Music – On Islands
Payola$ – Christmas Is Coming
Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Roger Miller – Old Toy Trains
Tractors – Rocking This Christmas
Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Yobs – Silver Bells

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

80’s Music Rules ~ Music and People I’m Thankful For

Times are tough – there’s no doubt of that. Each day we worry about losing our jobs, our homes, our prized possessions. But, amidst all the darkness, there’s a thread that keeps all of us going, giving us the will to survive, the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And although today is the day in the United States that we choose to reflect on everything we are thankful for, let it be known that I am truly grateful for all the people and things that enrich my life, each and every day.

Topping my list is my husband, who unfairly struggles each and every day with a pernicious and little-known illness. He starts each day anew with a fresh outlook and the determination to not let his sickness overcome him. He is my inspiration, and helps to put my relatively minor and trivial complaints into perspective. He is also the one who continues to stand beside me, taking my idosyncrasies in stride, never judging me, and allowing me to be who I am.

Brian Eno/John Cale’s “Spinning Away” via YouTube user mimosaku:

The rest of my “list” is in no particular order, all of equal importance.

Gary Numan – there isn’t much more that I can say  that I haven’t already said in previous posts. His music helps me to face the darkest hurts that life throws my way. He has been able to articulate his pain and disappointment in a way that touches my soul. That someone who has ridden the highest highs and lowest lows that life put in his path, and came out of it with a song on his lips to fight back the anger is truly amazing. How many people use having a “bad life” to explain away being low-life losers? I admire the ones who come out on the other side stronger, better people.

Gary Numan’s “Angel Wars” via YouTube user webbfoxx:

David Marsden – here’s a man who has brought underrated artists to hungry listeners his entire 50-year broadcasting career. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that listeners are exposed to talent that the stuffed shirts in boardrooms deemed trifling and unworthy. Starting out in Canada, and now broadcasting the world over, he remains the champion of the musical underdog, and the master of free-form broadcasting. His friendship, humor, and music playlists have been both uplifting and inspiring.

A Tribute To David Marsden – Spoons/ “Radio Heaven” via YouTube user missparker0106:

Friends and family – you know who you are. I’ve either known you for my entire life, or you’ve just recently become a friend because of the blog, the Marsden chatroom, FaceBook, a shared love for Gary Numan or 80s New Wave, or YouTube. It doesn’t matter. I’m grateful for all of you because in your own special way you make my life more meaningful. I’ve had one special friend for over 4 decades, and so many others that have enriched my life over the past few years. My family has been with me my entire life, each member playing an important role in making me who I am. You are all scattered throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Philippines, and even Australia. But, I hold each and every one of you close in my heart, cherished and loved for the riches you give me each and every day.

May you all be blessed eternally ~ and I remain ever thankful for all of you.

Gary Numan’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user dashproductions: