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…Details
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.
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.
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.
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…Details
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
“Pandora’s Unforgettable Moments on Ice” featuring Mannheim Steamroller is airing on the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox networks beginning now through December 25th. The special holiday show features World, Olympic and other championship figure skaters in dazzling performances to Mannhiem Steamroller music. Check your local listing for dates and times!Details
See Chip’s explanation of the seven doors from his Fresh Aire II classic composition, “The Fantasia” in this short video. Hear him describe how each quickly changing scene represents a different door and musical mood.
In Greek mythology, the sea held an important place in life, especially for those who frequently traveled on it. Watch this short clip to see Chip describe what went into this classic from Fresh Aire VI.
When ancient Greek merchants went to work and came back home again, it was by way of the sea. The sea was, in a very real way, what they came home to. Watch the classic video by Mannheim Steamroller that captures this feeling in song and with imagery from Greece!
See what was on Chip’s mind when he composed Mannheim Steamroller’s version of the classic Handel masterpiece, “Hallelujah” in this short video clip.
As it is with many Mannheim Steamroller fans, Christmas is one of Chip’s favorite times of the year. Discover the meaning and inspiration behind his original Christmas Carol, “Traditions of Christmas” and the traditions that inspired this soft Christmas lullaby in this short video clip.
Feel your spirits rise and your heart warm as you watch the snow fall gently over a peaceful wooded scene and horse-trod trail in this classic Christmas music video from Mannheim Steamroller. Go ahead, bring the spirit of the season into your home for three minutes; you’ll be glad you did!
Greensleeves is more than just a timeless classic to Chip Davis. It’s also one of his favorite tunes, made even more so by his recent composition of it for his daughter Elyse. See what went into composing Mannheim Steamroller’s first solo vocal composition and some of the exciting venues where Elyse performed it.
Talent runs deep in the Davis family! Watch Chip’s youngest daughter, Elyse prepare for her riveting rendition of the Christmas classic, Greensleeeves in this short video clip.
When Chip Davis wanted to write a Christmas song for his then five-year old son Evan, he decided upon something that captured the essence of one of their favorite family activities – catching snowflakes on their tongues. Listen to Chip describe the portion of the melody that captures his young son’s spirit in this short…Details