Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 is already #8 on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart, just a few weeks after the album was released! A total of six Mannheim Steamroller albums — including 30/40 — are dominating the Billboard charts. This couldn’t happen without the support of our many fans. Our thanks to everyone!!!!!
See Chip reveal the inspiration behind Mannheim Steamroller’s “Christmas Extraordinaire” hit, “Faeries” in this short clip. We’ll give you a hint, the melody was inspired by a member of his family. Make your guess, then watch to see if you’re right.
Listen to Chip describe how childhood treks into the field at night with his grandfather formed a fascination with the stars in him. Watch this short clip to see why “The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper” is dedicated to Chip’s grandfather and first piano teacher, Dr. Ray Louis Sr.
Learn more about the recording challenges and inspiration behind this Fresh Aire IV classic, “G Major Toccata.” Watch Chip describe what went into capturing the powerful horn and trumpet sounds of a magnificent Kansas City church pipe organ in this short video.
Obviously, we don’t have an ocean in Nebraska, but we do have an equally beautiful sky. Listen to Chip describe the inspiration and story behind Fresh Aire III’s “The Sky” in this short video clip.
Hopping in from the trees surrounding Chip’s Raven Oaks home, a cricket had gotten itself trapped beneath a wicker plant stand. The rhythmically even sound it produced inspired Chip to grab a microphone, record the beat and use it as the basis for a new musical track on Fresh Aire III. Click play to listen…
Did you know that Johannes Keppler’s observations of the moon and sky inspired the creation of “Dancing in the Stars” on Fresh Aire V? Listen to Chip describe his love for telescopes, space and Keppler in this short video clip.
Originally found on Fresh Aire II, “Velvet Tear” is an expression of sorrow over the loss of someone close. Watch Chip explain the backstory behind this moving song.
Watch Chip describe the origins of the beautiful ending he wrote to Fresh Aire VI. That album, which is dedicated to Greek mythology, concludes with the song “Nepenthe” which was an ancient drug that induced happiness. Listen to Chip reveal how he discovered Nepenthe in this quick clip.
A fox hunt on Sunday is an ancient tradition that still finds expression in Nebraska where Chip Davis lives. As Chip explains in this clip, participants donned in ‘pinks’ and riding boots are gathered together by the melodic call of French horns. Learn more about the inspiration behind this Fresh Aire 7 tune in this…