Southland Sessions

S1 E17 | FULL EPISODE

Audra Mae: Songs of Joy & Peace with Dylan Meek

One of pop music's great singer/songwriters finds her guiding light close to home. “Audra Mae: Songs of Joy & Peace” filmed at Beverly Hill's Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, grew from that simple reminder that a song can mend the heart. In a holiday season when everything seems upside down and inside out, only love can put everything in its right place.

AIRED: December 23, 2020 | 0:44:06
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

ANNOUNCER: MAJOR FUNDING FOR

THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY:

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL

AFFAIRS; AND THE RALPH

M. PARSONS FOUNDATION.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING WAS PROVIDED

BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR

THE ARTS AND THE LOS ANGELES

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND

CULTURE.

[ELECTRICITY CRACKLING]

[LIGHTS HUMMING]

[CLICK]

[LIGHTS BUZZING]

[CLICK]

[PIANO PLAYING JAZZ]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

CREWES: GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO THE

WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE

PERFORMING ARTS AND THE SORTING

ROOM SESSIONS. MY NAME IS PAUL

CREWES, AND I'M THE ARTISTIC

DIRECTOR HERE AT THE WALLIS.

IT'S GREAT TO WELCOME YOU BACK

INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL THEATER, THE

GOLDSMITH THEATER. IT HAS BEEN 8

MONTHS SINCE WE WERE LAST HERE,

AND ALTHOUGH WE CAN'T INVITE

YOU, OUR AUDIENCE, TO BE WITH US

LIVE HERE TONIGHT, IT IS

WONDERFUL FOR US TO HAVE ARTISTS

WORKING BACK ON OUR STAGE AGAIN,

BUT BEFORE WE MEET THEM, I'D

LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR

TECHNICAL AND CREATIVE TEAM

RIGHT BEHIND ME, WHO ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR RE-CREATING THE

SORTING ROOM HERE ON THE

GOLDSMITH STAGE AND

FILMING EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE

GONNA SEE TONIGHT, BUT LET'S GET

ON WITH THE SHOW.

GOOD EVENING, GOOD EVENING.

SO IT IS WONDERFUL FOR US AGAIN

TO BE WORKING WITH OUR FRIENDS

AND COLLABORATORS FOR THE RECORD

ON WHAT IS OUR THIRD HOLIDAY

SHOW IN A ROW, AND SO, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN, I'D LIKE TO

INTRODUCE TO YOU TONIGHT AUDRA

MAE AND DYLAN MEEK "SONGS OF JOY

AND PEACE." THANK YOU.

MAE: THANK YOU.

ARE YOU READY?

MEEK: I AM. I AM NOW.

[PLAYING "WHITE CHRISTMAS"]

MAE: ♪ THE SUN IS SHINING

THE GRASS IS GREEN

THE ORANGE AND PALM TREES SWAY

THERE'S NEVER BEEN SUCH A DAY

IN BEVERLY HILLS, L.A.

BUT IT'S DECEMBER THE 24th

AND I'M LONGING TO BE UP NORTH

I'M

DREAMING

HEH

OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE THE ONES

I USED TO KNOW-OW-OW-OW

WHERE THE TREETOPS GLISTEN

AND CHILDREN LISTEN

TO HEAR SLEIGH BELLS, HEH

IN THE SNOW

DON'T YOU KNOW THAT I-I-I-I'M

DREAMING

OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS CARD

I WRITE

MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY

AND BRIGHT

AND MAY ALL YOUR CHRISTMASES

AND MAY ALL YOUR CHRISTMASES

AND MAY ALL YOUR CHRISTMASES

BE WHITE ♪

HEY, Y'ALL. HOW'S THE WEATHER?

I'M DOING ALL RIGHT, CONSIDERING

THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT...I SURE

DO MISS HOME. KINDA HARD TO JUST

WRAP A PRETTY LITTLE BOW AROUND

THIS WHIRLWIND OF A YEAR, ISN'T

IT? I MEAN, USUALLY THE HOLIDAYS

ARE ALL HUGS AND KISSES AND

SUGAR COOKIES, BUT...GOOD

HEAVENS! I WOULDN'T WISH THOSE

THINGS ON ANYBODY THIS YEAR.

NO MATTER WHOSE NAUGHTY THEY

MIGHT BE ON. FROM WHERE I'M

SITTING, SO FAR AWAY, AND STUCK

BETWEEN CHRISTMAS PAST AND

FUTURE, WRITING HOLIDAY CARDS

HAS ME THINKING ABOUT EVERY

LITTLE THING I'VE TAKEN FOR

GRANTED. EVEN THE FOLKS ON MY

NAUGHTY LIST. I HOPE THEY'RE ALL

SOMEWHERE COZY AND FEELING LIKE

A KID AGAIN WITH THE PEOPLE THEY

LOVE.

DYLAN.

THANK YOU.

♪ I'LL BE HOME

FOR CHRISTMAS, HMM

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

PLEASE HAVE SNOW

AND MISTLETOE

AND PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE

CHRISTMAS EVE WILL FIND ME

WHERE THE LOVE LIGHT GLEAMS

I'LL BE HOME

FOR CHRISTMAS

IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS

CHRISTMAS EVE

WILL FIND ME

WHERE THE LOVE LIGHT GLEAMS

I'LL BE HOME

FOR CHRISTMAS

IF ONLY

IN MY DREAMS

IF ONLY

IN MY DREAMS ♪

HMM.

[PLAYING "CAROL OF THE BELLS"]

HIYA, FOLKS. WELCOME BACK TO THE

LONELY HEARTS CHRISTMAS SHOW. I

GOTTA TELL YA. I'M CERTAINLY

FEELING MORE LOONEY THAN LONELY

THESE DAYS, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE

IT. I GUESS YOU CAN ONLY TRY TO

TEACH YOUR DOG TO DANCE TO

"JINGLE BELLS" SO MANY TIMES

BEFORE KIDDO THE BEAN LOOKS AT

YOU LIKE...DO YOU NEED HELP?!

MAYBE SHE'S GOT A POINT. MAYBE

I'M GONNA REACH OUT TO A GREAT

PAL OF MINE WITH AN INVITATION

TO A LITTLE SOCIALLY DISTANCED

QUALITY TIME. I SURE COULD USE

SOME BELLY LAUGHS WITH A DEAR

HUMAN FRIEND. NO OFFENSE, KIDDO.

LORD KNOWS IF I KEEP LAUGHING

ALL THE WAY BY MYSELF MUCH

LONGER MY SNOW GLOBE'S GONNA

CRACK, IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT.

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

WOMAN: HI!

MAE: TRACIE TOMS, TRACIE TOMS.

MEEK: WHAT'S UP?

TOMS: IT IS I TRACIE TOMS!

MEEK: HEY!

MAE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING OVER. DO YOU LIKE IT?

TOMS: OF COURSE. I LOVE IT. LOOK

AT THIS.

MAE: YEAH. IT'S SO PRETTY.

TOMS: LOOK AT THESE DIGS. THESE

ARE REALLY NICE.

MAE: HA HA HA! WE WERE JUST

TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE WANT FOR

CHRISTMAS. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR

CHRISTMAS?

TOMS: YOU KNOW WHAT I REALLY

WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

MAE: WHAT?

TOMS: I WANT TO HUG MY PARENTS.

MAE: AW. I WANT YOU TO HUG YOUR

PARENTS FOR CHRISTMAS, TOO.

TOMS: I WANT TO HUG MY PARENTS

FOR CHRISTMAS. THAT'S ALL I

REALLY WANT.

MAE: OH, MY GOODNESS.

TOMS: I, LIKE, VIRTUALLY HUG

THEM ALL THE TIME, BUT...

MAE: THAT'S SO HARD. YOU'RE

GONNA HUG THEM FOR 5 YEARS.

TOMS: I'M GONNA HUG THEM FOR 5

YEARS. HA HA HA!

MAE: WELL, I KNOW THIS IS KIND

OF OUT OF THE BLUE AND

EVERYTHING, BUT WOULD YOU MAYBE

WANT TO SING A SONG WITH US?

IT'S JUST "JINGLE BELLS." EASY.

TOMS: OH, OK. I KNOW "JINGLE

BELLS." OK. HERE WE GO.

MAE: YEAH.

HA HA HA!

BOTH: ♪ JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH, HEY

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH

TOMS: WE'RE DASHING

THROUGH THE SNOW

MAE: IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH

TOMS: O'ER THE FIELDS WE GO

MAE: LAUGHING ALL THE WAY

BOTH: HA HA HA

TOMS: BELLS ON BOBTAIL RING

MAE: MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT

TOMS: OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO SING

BOTH: A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT

OH, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH, HEY

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH

MAE: A DAY OR TWO AGO

TOMS: I THOUGHT I'D TAKE A RIDE

MAE: HUH, AND THEN

MISS FANNY BRIGHT

TOMS: WAS SEATED BY MY SIDE ♪

MAE: SHE DOESN'T EVEN GO HERE.

TOMS: I DON'T EVEN LIKE HER.

MAE: ♪ THE HORSE WAS LEAN

AND LANK

TOMS: MISFORTUNE SEEMED HIS LOT

MAE: HE FELT INTO

A DRIFTING BANK

TOMS: AND THEN WE GOT UPSOT ♪

MAE: UPSOT?

TOMS: WHAT?

BOTH: ♪ JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH, HEY

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

TOMS: HA HA HA!

MAE: WHOO!

TOMS: "DASHING THROUGH FIELDS

OF WHITE."

MAE: OK. GOT IT.

♪ DASHING THROUGH THE FIELDS

OF WHITE

TOMS: ON THIS HAPPY

CHRISTMAS NIGHT

MAE: THROUGH THE SNOW

TOMS: OFF WE GO

BOTH: WITH THE RINGING

WE'LL BE SINGING

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JANG-JANGLE

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JING-JANGLE

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JING-JANGLE

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JANG-JANGLE

J-J-J-JINGLE BELLS

J-J-J-JANGLE BELLS

J-J-J ALL THE WAY

TOMS: ON A ONE

MAE: HORSE

BOTH: OPEN

TOMS: SLEIGH ♪

WHOO!

[BOTH LAUGHING]

MAE: OH, TRACIE TOMS!

TOMS: OH, MY GOD. THAT WAS SO

FUN.

MAE: OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING.

TOMS: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR HAVING ME.

MAE: ARE YOU GONNA BE OK?

TOMS: I'M GONNA BE FINE. I'M

GONNA CATCH MY BREATH IS I WALK

HOME.

MAE: I THINK I HAVE A HERNIA.

TOMS: OK. SO IT WAS SO LOVELY TO

SEE YOU GUYS. I GOT TO RUN.

MAE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING. COME BACK ANYTIME.

TOMS: I WILL, I WILL. I'M GONNA

DO SOME CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN

THIS DRESS. OK. BYE!

MEEK: BYE!

MAE: BYE, TRACIE! STAY WARM AND

COZY.

TOMS: I WILL TRY MY BEST.

MAE: MM-WHA! HA HA!

TOMS: MM-WHA! I LOVE YOU.

MAE: HEY THERE, SISTER BEAR. SO

HERE I AM STARTING AT A BLANK

CHRISTMAS CARD, AND I'VE DECIDED

AGAINST ALL ODDS TO TRY AND DRAW

A MEMORY OF US AT CHRISTMAS.

NOW I'VE NEVER CLAIMED TO BE AN

AMAZING ILLUSTRATOR, SO LET'S

JUST KEEP ALL THE EXPECTATIONS

IN THE ZONE OF CHARLIE BROWN'S

SCHOOL OF ART, SHALL WE? DO YOU

REMEMBER THE YEAR WE HAD A REAL

CHARLIE BROWN TREE? NOT LIKE THE

CUTE REPRODUCTIONS THEY SELL FOR

$29.99 NOWADAYS, BUT AN ACTUALLY

SCRAGGLY, LONELY, FORGOTTEN

LITTLE SAPLING WE COULDN'T

AFFORD EVEN WITH ALL THE CHANGE

WE FOUND IN THE COUCH CUSHIONS.

REMEMBER? REMEMBER HOW THE MAN

AT THE LOT GAVE IT TO US EVEN

THOUGH WERE 27 CENTS SHORT?

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT INDEED. INDEED!

[PLAYING "CHRISTMAS TIME IS

HERE"]

YEAH.

AHH.

MMM.

[HUMMING]

♪ CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

HAPPINESS AND CHEER

FUN FOR ALL

THE CHILDREN CALL

THEIR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

SNOWFLAKES IN THE AIR

CAROLS EVERYWHERE

OLDEN TIMES

AND ANCIENT RHYMES

OF LOVE AND DREAMS TO SHARE

SLEIGH BELLS IN THE AIR

BEAUTY EVERYWHERE

YULETIDE BY THE FIRESIDE

AND HAPPY MEMORIES THERE

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

HAPPINESS AND CHEER

OH, THAT WE

COULD ALWAYS SEE

SUCH SPIRIT THROUGH THE YEAR ♪

[PLAYING "LINUS AND LUCY"]

YEAH.

HA HA!

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

OH! WHO IS IT?

MAN: IT'S ME, AUDRA. CAN I COME

IN?

MAE: OH, COME ON IN, DARREN. OH,

I'M SO GLAD YOU MADE IT. HI!

CRISS: HI, EVERYBODY. LOOK AT

THIS CUTE, LITTLE WREATH. LOOK

AT THIS.

MAE: IT'S SO CUTE.

CRISS: LOOK AT THIS CUTE, LITTLE

HOUSE.

MAE: HA HA! THANK YOU.

CRISS: THIS CUTE, LITTLE STAGE

HOUSE. IS THIS WHERE YOU LIVE?

MAE: WE LIVE HERE NOW.

CRISS: WOW! THAT'S AN AMAZ--I

SHOULD JUST LIVE IN A THEATER.

IT'S WAY NICER HERE. YOU GOT

DIGITAL SNOW. PUT ME RIGHT IN

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.

MAE: SO NOSTALGIC. COME ON IN.

THIS IS DYLAN.

CRISS: OH. HEY, MAN. AW.

MAE: DYLAN, DARREN.

CRISS: DYLAN, YOU SOUNDED SO

GOOD. I COULD HEAR IT FROM

OUTSIDE. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

LIKE, ALL THOSE--THAT MEDLEY WAS

KILLER, MAN.

MAE: WELL, WE WERE JUST TALKING

ABOUT WHAT WE WANT FOR

CHRISTMAS.

CRISS: OOH. THAT'S A GOOD TOPIC.

MAE: I PERSONALLY WANT JOY AND

PEACE. LOFTY I KNOW, BUT WHAT

ABOUT YOU?

CRISS: JOY AND PEACE. WELL, HOLD

ON. DYLAN, WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR

CHRISTMAS?

MEEK: I WANT A BASKETBALL.

CRISS: ALL RIGHT. BASKETBALL OR

JOY AND PEACE.

MAE: I FEEL LIKE WE CAN GET A

BASKETBALL.

CRISS: BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? MY

CHRISTMAS WISH IS JUST TO HANG

OUT WITH PEOPLE THAT I LIKE,

SINGING SONGS I LOVE WITH PEOPLE

WHO CAN SING THEM WITH ME, SO I

GOT AN IDEA. HEY, DYLAN. YOU

THINKING WHAT I'M THINKING?

MEEK: I THINK--I THINK I AM.

CRISS: YEAH. I THINK THERE'S

ONLY ONE SONG THAT WE CAN PLAY.

MAE: OH, MY GOSH!

CRISS: HOW ABOUT LET'S DO THAT

ONE ABOUT JOY AND PEACE IN THE

WORLD? YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING

ABOUT. NEIGHBORHOOD OF "A."

MEEK: I THINK SO.

MAE: THEY SAY EVERY CLOUD HAS A

SILVER LINING, AND I BELIEVE

THAT'S TRUE. I BELIEVE THE

DARKER THE CLOUD, THE BRIGHTER

THE LIGHT THAT SHINES BEHIND IT.

THIS YEAR...

[SIGHS]

WELL...IT HAS SIMULTANEOUSLY

PUSHED US ALL AWAY FROM EACH

OTHER WHILE CONNECTING US ALL

THROUGH THIS SHARED EXPERIENCE.

IT'S DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE, AND

YET, WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER,

AND I'VE NEVER FELT MORE

COMPASSION AND FORGIVENESS FOR

MY FELLOW HUMANS AND FOR MYSELF

IN ALL MY LIFE. THAT'S BEEN MY

SILVER LINING, BUT DON'T GET ME

WRONG. I'M HEARTSICK AND DOG

TIRED OF THIS THING LIKE

EVERYBODY ELSE, BUT IF A CAB

DRIVER IN BEIJING AND A TEACHER

IN MUMBAI AND MY GRANDMOTHER IN

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA, CAN KEEP THE

FAITH, WELL, I CAN, TOO,

ESPECIALLY WITH A LITTLE HELP

FROM MY FRIEND DARREN. HE ALWAYS

MAKES THINGS SO MERRY AND

BRIGHT!

♪ SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

AND WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

ANOTHER YEAR OVER

A NEW ONE JUST BEGUN

SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

I HOPE YOU HAVE FUN

THE NEAR AND THE DEAR ONES

THE OLD AND THE YOUNG

BOTH: A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

LET'S HOPE IT'S A GOOD ONE

WITHOUT ANY FEAR

CRISS: AND SO THIS IS

CHRISTMAS ♪

MAE: IT IS.

CRISS: ♪ FOR WEAK OR FOR STRONG

FOR RICH OR FOR POOR ONES

THE ROAD IS SO LONG

AND SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS

FOR BLACK OR FOR WHITE

FOR RED AND FOR BLUE ONES ♪

MAE: YEAH!

CRISS: ♪ LET'S STOP ALL

THE FIGHT

BOTH: A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

CRISS: HEY

MAE: YEAH

BOTH: AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

LET'S HOPE IT'S A GOOD ONE

WITHOUT ANY FEAR

CRISS: AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

MAE: YEAH

AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

CRISS: WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ♪

MAE: EVERYTHING.

CRISS: ♪ ANOTHER YEAR OVER

MAE: ANOTHER YEAR OVER

CRISS: A NEW ONE JUST BEGUN

JUST BEGUN

MAE: YEAH

BOTH: AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

CRISS: HEY

BOTH: WE HOPE YOU HAVE FUN ♪

CRISS: I'M HAVING A BLAST.

MAE: HA HA HA!

CRISS: ♪ THE NEAR

AND THE DEAR ONES

MAE: THE NEAR AND THE DEAR ONES

CRISS: THE OLD AND THE YOUNG

MAE: YEAH

CRISS: OH, OH

BOTH: OH, A VERY MERRY

CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

LET'S HOPE IT'S A GOOD ONE

WITHOUT ANY FEAR

MAE: WAR IS OVER

IF YOU WANT IT

WAR IS OVER

NOW-OW-OW-OW

ALL: WAR IS OVER

IF YOU WANT IT

WAR IS OVER

NOW-OW-OW-OW

WAR IS OVER

IF YOU WANT IT

WAR IS OVER

NOW-OW-OW-OW

WAR IS OVER

IF YOU WANT IT

WAR IS OVER

NOW ♪

MAE: WELL, IT'S BEEN SO NICE

SPENDING THIS TIME WITH YOU ALL,

AND BEFORE I SIGN OFF TO SAY TO

ALL A GOOD NIGHT, HERE AT THE

LONELY HEARTS CHRISTMAS SHOW,

I'D LIKE TO MAKE ONE LAST VERY

SPECIAL DEDICATION. TO MY DEAR

AUNT FRANCES, THANK YOU FOR ALL

THE GOODNESS AND BEAUTY YOU

CONTINUE TO SHINE ALL OVER THIS

GREAT BIG WORLD. YOUR AUDACIOUS

LOVE AND TENACIOUS HEART HAS

GUIDED US ALL THROUGH TOO MANY

STORMS TO COUNT. YOU'RE THE

BRIGHTEST STAR IN OUR SKY, AND

BECAUSE OF YOU, WE'RE ALL A

LITTLE MORE GENTLE WITH EACH

OTHER, A LITTLE MORE LOVING, AND

HAVE A LITTLE MORE EMPATHY,

EVEN WHEN WE DON'T GET ALONG.

SO WHEREVER YOU ARE, HAVE A

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, AUNT

FRANCES. THIS ONE'S FOR YOU.

HEH HEH.

[SIGHS]

♪ HAVE YOURSELVES

A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

HEH

LET YOUR HEARTS BE LIGHT

NEXT YEAR

ALL YOUR TROUBLES

MIGHT BE OUT OF SIGHT

HAVE YOURSELVES

A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY

NEXT YEAR

ALL OUR TROUBLES

WILL BE MILES AWAY

HERE WE ARE

AS IN OLDEN DAYS

AS IN HAPPY GOLDEN DAYS

OF YORE

FAITHFUL FRIENDS

WHO ARE DEAR TO US

GATHER NEAR TO US

ONCE MORE

THROUGH THE YEARS

WE ALL WILL BE TOGETHER

IF THE FATES ALLOW

AND UNTIL THEN

WE'LL HAVE TO MUDDLE THROUGH

SOMEHOW

SO PLEASE

HAVE YOURSELVES

A MERRY LITTLE

CHRISTMAS NOW

HEH HEH

NOW ♪

[SIGHS]

HEH HEH.

[CAMERA CLICKS AND WHIRS]

[MEEK PLAYING "THE CHRISTMAS

SONG"]

MEEK: ♪ CHESTNUTS ROASTING

ON AN OPEN FIRE

JACK FROST NIPPING AT YOUR NOSE

A YULETIDE CAROL

BEING SUNG BY A CHOIR

AND FOLKS

DRESS UP LIKE ESKIMOS

EVERYBODY KNOWS

A TURKEY AND SOME MISTLETOE

HELP TO MAKE

THE SEASON BRIGHT

TINY TOTS

WITH THEIR EYES ALL AGLOW

WILL FIND IT HARD TO SLEEP

TONIGHT

THEY KNOW THAT SANTA

IS ON HIS WAY

HE'S LOADED LOTS OF TOYS

AND GOODIES ON HIS SLEIGH

AND EVERY MOTHER'S CHILD

IS GONNA SPY

TO SEE IF REINDEER

REALLY KNOW HOW TO FLY

AND SO I'M OFFERING

THIS SIMPLE PHRASE

TO KIDS FROM 1 TO 92

ALTHOUGH IT'S BEEN SAID

MANY TIMES, MANY WAYS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ♪

MAE: I'VE DECIDED TO THINK OF

THIS WINTER AS A HIBERNATION, A

LONG WINTER'S NAP TO GATHER

STRENGTH BEFORE HOPEFULLY

BURSTING OUT NEXT SPRING.

BLOOMING. YOU KNOW, LEARNING TO

ACCEPT A SLOWER PACE, A GLACIAL

PACE ACTUALLY, HASN'T AT ALL

BEEN EASY. THIS TIME LAST YEAR,

MOST OF US WERE BUZZING AROUND

LIKE HONEYBEES WITH SHOPPING

LISTS AND PARTY PLANS, BUT THIS

YEAR, WE'RE NOT THE BEES. OUR

HEROIC ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE THE

BEES. THEY'RE GIVING ALL THE

HONEY THEY GOT TO HELP THE SICK

AND FEED THE HUNGRY AND BRING

HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. THE REST

OF US, WE'RE THE BEARS, AND IT'S

OUR DUTY, WELL LET ALONE THE

VERY LEAST WE CAN DO, TO HUNKER

DOWN AND GET COZY AND BE STILL

FOR A TIME, AND LISTEN FOR JOY

AND PEACE IN THE QUIET. SO UNTIL

I CAN SAFELY GIVE Y'ALL A GREAT

BIG BEAR HUG, I'M SENDING ALL MY

LOVE AND GOODNESS AND WISHING

YOU ALL A SLEEPY, SAFE AND SOUND

CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

LOVE, AUDRA MAE.

[PLAYING JONI MITCHELL'S

"RIVER"]

♪ IT'S COMING ON CHRISTMAS

THEY'RE CUTTING DOWN TREES

PUTTING UP REINDEER

AND SINGING SONGS

OF JOY AND PEACE

AND I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

BUT IT DON'T SNOW HERE

IT STAYS PRETTY GREEN

I'M GONNA MAKE A LOT OF MONEY

I'M GONNA QUIT THIS CRAZY SCENE

OH, I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

I WISH I HAD A RIVER SO LONG

THAT I COULD TEACH MY FEET TO

FLY

OH, I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

I MADE MY BABY CRY

HE TRIED HARD TO HELP ME

HE PUT ME AT EASE

LOVED ME SO NAUGHTY

IT MADE ME WEAK IN THE KNEES

AND I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

I'M SO HARD TO HANDLE

I'M SELFISH

AND I'M SAD

AND NOW I'VE GONE AND LOST

THE BEST BABY

I EVER HAD

AND I JUST WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

I WISH I HAD A RIVER SO LONG

THAT I COULD TEACH MY FEET

TO FLY

I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY ON

I MADE MY BABY

SAY GOOD-BYE

IT'S COMING ON CHRISTMAS

THEY'RE CUTTING DOWN TREES

PUTTING UP REINDEER

AND SINGING SONGS

OF JOY AND PEACE

AND I WISH I HAD A RIVER

I COULD SKATE AWAY

SKATE AWAY ON

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE

BE FORGOT

AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND?

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE

BE FORGOT

AND AULD LANG SYNE?

FOR AULD LANG SYNE, MY LOVE

FOR AULD LANG SYNE

WE'LL KEEP A CUP

O' KINDNESS YET

FOR AULD

LANG

SYNE ♪

GOOD NIGHT.

[PLAYS NOTE]

["CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE"

PLAYING]

MMM.

[HUMMING]

♪ CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

HAPPINESS AND CHEER

FUN FOR ALL

THE CHILDREN CALL

THEIR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

SNOWFLAKES IN THE AIR

CAROLS EVERYWHERE

OLDEN TIMES

AND ANCIENT RHYMES

OF LOVE AND DREAMS TO SHARE ♪

[CLICK]

[LIGHTS BUZZING]

[CLICK]

ANNOUNCER: MAJOR FUNDING FOR

THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY:

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL

AFFAIRS; AND THE RALPH

M. PARSONS FOUNDATION.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING WAS PROVIDED

BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR

THE ARTS AND THE LOS ANGELES

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND

CULTURE.


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