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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In 1852, John Hopkins Jr. wrote a carol that described the journey of three kings to take gifts to the Christ child. Chip explains his desire to recreate the feeling of that ancient time with dulcimers and other period instruments in this short clip.
In old English, this popular carol expresses a sentiment of happiness as in “God rest ye merry, gentlemen.” Today, the refrain has lost its pause but not its fervor in Mannheim Steamroller’s rousing rendition of the timeless carol. Listen to Chip describe what he envisioned as he composed his version of this tune for Mannheim…Details
Back in 1984, “Deck the Halls” was the very first existing Christmas carol that Mannheim Steamroller reimagined. Listen to Chip explain how it paved the way for an entire album and eventually, hugely popular series in this short clip.
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER ANNOUNCES 2016 CHRISTMAS TOUR
Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 15th, 2016. Two traveling ensembles will hold performances across the country.
Just last year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Chip’s first Christmas and 40 years since the release of his first Fresh Aire record. It was great to see so many of you during our annual Christmas tour. Tickets are now available everywhere for this year’s Christmas concert!!! From the East Coast to the West…Details
Journey back to the time when wise kings traversed deserts vast and empty to see the Christ child. Get swept away in the sounds and sights of the time with this remarkably well done music video of “We Three Kings” from Mannheim Steamroller’s classic album, “Christmas.”