Yuletide is upon us, and it's time once again for a perennial audio favorite (courtesy of The Rambler).... Saxophonist and composer C.R. Kasprzyk has responded to Howard Stern's assault on the musical avant-garde by creating a text-sound composition in the vein of It's Gonna Rain.... Clarke Bustard mulls over conservatives' new interest in music and arts education. Read more about Mike Huckabee's education ideas here.... In my coverage of Carnegie's Berlin in Lights festival I somehow overlooked the Festival Blog, where three young writers provided running commentary on the Berlin events. Nick Romeo wrote of Max Raabe's cabaret evening: "Near the end of the performance I couldn’t help thinking of an exhibit at the Met last year titled 'Glitter and Doom.' It presented paintings from the Weimar period that were haunting in their blending of elegant decadence and grotesque corruption. Max Raabe certainly captured the glitter of those years, but I craved some of the doom." Nice.