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…
Want to take a step back in time? Watch this music video created for “The 7 Metals of Alchemy” on Fresh Aire 7. See synthesizers move independently and children transform into adults while they enjoy a magical journey into a sorcerer’s lair. Watch until the end to discover a familiar identity behind the mystical sorcerer.
It’s reported that there were seven metals used by warlocks and wizards to try to make gold. That art became known as alchemy. See why Chip wanted to make a song about it for Fresh Aire 7.
Mannheim Steamroller’s spectacular Fresh Aire album series started with this song – Fresh Aire, or “Fresh Song.” See Chip describe the inspiration and meaning behind it in this short clip.
Fresh Aire I, the first in Mannheim Steamroller’s series of 8 groundbreaking albums, starts with a sonata. Listen to Chip describe the basic form of a sonata and discover how the sonata on Fresh Aire I runs all the way back to the classic 18th century form.
Fresh Aire I debuted in 1974. That album opens with a Prelude followed by a song called Chocolate Fudge. See Chip explain the meaning behind these songs and their significance to the entire Fresh Aire series.
Just as there are seven colors in the rainbow, there are seven notes assigned to each color of the rainbow in this song for Fresh Aire VII. Watch Chip describe what went into creating this musical description of the various colors of the rainbow in this short clip.