RUSH: A little Mannheim Steamroller there. The tune is called Pat-a-Pan. I’ll tell you, you cannot go wrong if Christmas music is part of your holiday evening, late afternoon. Everybody has their standards and favorites. Mannheim Steamroller, it’s all instrumental. I have a bit of an emotional attachment to it. It happened to be some of the first Christmas music I, by happenstance, happened to be listening to upon learning of the death of my father. I’ve had this emotional connection. It was on an airplane, 40,000 feet, looking out the window. I thought I was looking at heaven.
RUSH: Here is David in Moore, Oklahoma, we start on the phones. Great to have you today, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Merry Christmas, Rush.
RUSH: Same to you, sir.
CALLER: I just wanted to let you know when every holiday rolls around, we think of you and you are almost invariably a part of our holiday, whether it’s Fourth of July when we read the essay that your dad wrote about the Americans who risked everything, reading the true meaning of Thanksgiving, the story of Thanksgiving and George Washington’s proclamation. And at Christmastime especially, I know this is the time of year when you get very thankful, and you actually introduced us to Mannheim Steamroller, and now Stille Nacht is a valuable part of what we do as a family and part of our tradition.
RUSH: Is that not just a beautiful version of that song?
CALLER: What we do is we all sit around after we’ve decorated the Christmas tree. By the way, I have 11 Rush babies. I’ve been listening to you since 1989 when I —
RUSH: Eleven Rush babies? (laughing) Whoa!
CALLER: Yes, sir. Since 1989 when I took my baby girl home from the hospital, you were on the radio. I promise you this is true. You were on the radio, and you have been inculcating our children ever since.
CALLER: I just want to let you know you are such a part of our family. Anyway, we sit around the tree after we’ve decorated, we turn off all the lights except for the Christmas lights, we listen to Stille Nacht as we enjoy eggnog or whatever it is that we want to enjoy, and we just contemplate the meaning of Christmas and all the things we’re thankful for. And, Rush, you are right up there. And I know we’ve never met. We’ve spoken several times. You’ve spoken to my wife on occasion. But we just love you, and I know you are very thankful for everything you’ve received. And I also know that it’s because the Lord has blessed you in proportion to how you have blessed other people, with your children’s books, educating them about the true history of America, how you defend our traditions and our principles and our values, I’m so thankful for that. So I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
RUSH: Well, thank you, sir, very much. That’s very touching, David, and I appreciate it profoundly. It echoes my thoughts as well about all of you. You know, at Thanksgiving people give thanks. For some reason Christmastime has always been when the sense of gratitude for my good fortune overwhelms me, and I share it with people. But I’m honored, I’m honored to hold a place in your family’s Christmas and holiday celebrations the way you described. You can’t know how much I appreciate that.