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Mixed Company is written by Saint Paul Sunday staff, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the classical music they love. We welcome your online comments.

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July 18, 2006

Dazzle ships and junk culture

"Hello my friends," I'm Christopher Danforth, the new associate producer for Saint Paul Sunday.

After working for Saint Paul Sunday for a couple of weeks, I am realizing that each of its episodes are fantastic vessels, loaded with a cherished cargo and then cast out into the airwaves to destinations both near and far. I was a young college student majoring in music when I first heard Saint Paul Sunday. And like a lot of people, my first time was in a car: a once-white, now rusty '83 Ford Escort complete with its original AM/FM radio. I was headed back to school after spending the weekend at my parents' house in the suburbs. It was a four-hour drive back to Moorhead, MN, a small college town on the North Dakota border. I was driving alone along a very lonely stretch of highway.

At some point during the drive, Saint Paul Sunday came on the radio. Instantly my journey was transformed. I was now on a road trip in a car filled with music and friends. In the seat next me, riding shotgun was the host, Bill McGlaughlin. In the back seat was the duo made up of bassist Edgar Meyer and guitar/ mandolin player, Mike Marshall. For one hour during my trip I wasnít alone. Saint Paul Sunday was riding along, keeping me company. Since then, Bill and his guests have kept me company on many Sunday drives or just weekends in my St. Paul apartment. I now have a B.A. in music and enjoy writing, recording and performing my own compositions on the weekends. When I have few extra minutes in the day, Iíve been known to transform junk from thrift stores into my own musical contraptions. Iím looking forward to joining Mary and Vaughn on the Mixed Company weblog and giving you my own perspective of whatís happening behind the scenes at Saint Paul Sunday.

Posted by Chris Danforth at July 18, 2006 12:07 PM