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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like... Another Christmasish Episode of Come By The Hills!

While the holidays are not quite here yet, I find myself in a Christmasish mood just now. So, in addition to some of the usual Celtic music on Come By The Hills this week, I will again be flavouring the show with the sounds of Christmas. We've got carols, songs and other wintry fair on the menu, including a folky version of a beloved holiday novelty classic in "Celtic Covers" and a lovely Gaelic carol from Scotland in "What's That About."

Special Holiday Gift!

Yes, it's me, Sara Hillis, back again and this time in shameless self-promotion mode. I wanted to let you know that if you've heard my sequel to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" called, funnily enough, "I Got a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and are just dying to have it for yourself, or even if you haven't heard it and would like to hear it, it's available for the holidays for free from my web site. Steve Cutway has nominated it for his top pick for the Mushroom FM Christmas Count-down. Want to know why?

It's a Christmas Count-down Smack-down Next Week on the Sara Hillis Show!

I do love the holiday sentiments of peace on earth and good will and all that, but if you're sick and tired of all that comfort and joy, tune into the Sara Hillis Show all next week, because we're going to battle it out Christmas style!

We're Getting Positively Wintry This Week on Come By The Hills!

It is not officially winter here in the northern hemisphere, but it is December, the month in which winter begins. It is also, of course, the month of Advent, the month of expectation and anticipation leading up to Christmas proper. So, as this month of seasonal change and hopeful waiting begins, I thought we'd celebrate both winter and the coming holiday season with songs about Christmas and about winter itself.

It's a Millerless Funny Fridays this Week!

That's right! I'm proud to announce that as your guest host (isn't that an oxymoron?) again this week on Funny Fridays, I have ensured the quality of the programming you are going to hear to the extent that there will be *no* Mrs. Miller anywhere in the playlist! It will be a Miller-free zone! The Miller will be so light that it won't even be there! None! Nada! Zero! Zip! NulloMilleris! (That's "no Miller" in Lattin of course.)

It's St. Andrew's Day This Week on Come By The Hills!

November 30th is coming up, and for Scots at home and abroad, this means St. Andrew's Day. He is the apostle who is credited with bringing Christianity to the area of the world we now call Scotland, and so over the years, his day has become a day to celebrate Scottish culture, and with that culture, of course, comes music!

There's Something Even Funnier Coming Up on Funny Fridays!

"Nock nock!"
"Who's there?"
"Sara."
"Sara who?"
"Sara guest host in the house?"

Yes, indeed there is. I'm sitting in this week on Funny Fridays for Bruce, but don't worry. Though he's off this week, the laughs are very much on. We've got three hours of songs and sketches to keep you chortling through your entire weekend, so tune in tonight at the usual time, 9:00 PM Eastern, and see what it's like when I take over the laugh factory for a night. It should be quite fun.

We're playing What Sounds Good This Week on Come By The Hills!

Yes, since we've done a couple of themed shows recently, I thought it would be nice to simply get back to basics and do what Mushroom FM does best, Celtic style! So, I dug through my collection of Celtic musical goodness and found some of the best of the best this week for your listening pleasure. We've got some classics from Planxty and De Dannan, as well as a great Classic Rock Song as a Celtic Cover. In short, the motto for this week's show is: "WEll, that sounds good. Let's play that song!"

We're Remembering This Week on Come By The Hills!

As November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans' Day in the United States, and as the Sunday nearest that date is celebrated as Remembrance Sunday in the UK, I thought it fitting to see what Celtic music has to say on the subject of war and its effects. Not all the songs on Sunday's show will be war-themed, but they will be peppered liberally throughout the show, along with the return of our usual features of course.

Remembering Leonard Cohen Today on The Sara Hillis Show!

Leonard Cohen, the influencial poet, song-writer and novelist is dead at the age of 82. Scant weeks after his fourteenth studio album "You Want it Darker" was released, we are stunned to hear that his beautiful and bold voice will be heard no more.

Today on The Sara Hillis Show, I'll play a set of leonard's songs and reflect upon the effect that his music and words have had on me over the years. Someone said today that he had a line for every moment in your life. I think that's true.

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