Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, has many comedy CDs under his belt. Except for the Songs Of The Cat CD, all of these Lake Wobegon releases feature clips from his Prairie Home Companion Radio Show. Funny stories and funny skits are Garrison Keillor's trademark as well as a fairly eclectic taste for music of most any kind except perhaps heavy metal and rap. Keillor is a meat and potatoes genial kind of guy, perhaps too liberal to some, who revels in the simple things of life and the simple life of the imaginary world of Lake Wobegon. Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days is basically Garrison Keillor live in concert but this time accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Philip Brunelle, a long time Keillor associate. Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days includes perhaps Keillor's best track ever: The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra.
The other tracks on this Garrison Keillor CD are all very good. Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days opens with a song, Hello Love, and closes with a song, Song Of The Exiles. You also get funny skits and funny stories like Loyalty Days, Whoopi-Ti-Yi-Yo, Sons of Knute, The Radio Announcer and the Lake Wobegon Hymn. What makes this cd so special and a must have even if you are lukewarm to the Keillor style is the heart of Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days: The Young Lutheran's Guide To The Orchestra.
If there is a musician in your family or if your child is taking up music, The Young Lutheran's Guide To The Orchestra is a wonderful 25 minute introduction to the orchestra and a wonderful teaching tool in terms of what the various instruments sound like. Keillor's premise is that each instrument in the orchestra requires a musician of a certain personality to play it and it is while describing the instrument and the kind of personality associated with it that he guides the "young Lutheran" towards a musical choice. To be clear, this track has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with a love of music and a guide to a better appreciation of it.
Another great and funny story by Keillor on this album is The Radio Announcer where Keillor relates a story about working for college radio. It is, as usual with Keillor bittersweet and funny. Giving you the punchline would be cruel but it is one of Keillor's best stories.
Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days may be one of the rare Keillor cds without the signature News From Lake Wobegon but it is definitely a very good and very funny CD. One might think that an "educational" track like The Young Lutheran's Guide To The Orchestra" would be boring but it is absolutely charming, fascinating, and, of course, funny.
1- Hello Love
2- Loyalty Days
3- Whoopi Ti-Y-Yo
4- Sons of Knute - Loyalty Oath
5- Sons of Knute - March
6- Some Words From Powdermilk Biscuits
7- Powdermilk Biscuits Theme
8- The Young Lutheran's Guide To The Orchestra
9- The Radio Announcer
10- The Lake Wobegon Hymn
11- Song Of The Exiles
Other Garrison Keillor Reviews
The Christmas Companion With Garrison Keillor: 2 comedy CD set great stocking stuffer
The Adventures Of Guy Noir: Fans of Prairie Home Companion will certainly enjoy this two sketch comedy CD set
Local Man Moves To The City: different from what you are used to on the Prairie Home Companion show.
A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show: Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio,
Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion
Gospel Birds: This Garrison Keillor CD is definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone
Guy Noir Radio Private Eye: Radio Private Eye is only one of two Garrison Keillor CD collections of Guy Noir stories
More News From Lake Wobegon: the stories from More News From Lake Wobegon are funny
Dusty And Lefty The Lives Of The Cowboys: 6 complete stories on this 10-track cowboy comedy CD
Songs Of The Cat: Any cat lover must have this very funny Garrison Keillor CD
Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: 2 Garrison Keillor CD set from when Wobegon was not political.
WLT A Radio Romance: How often do you get to suggest to a novelist to stick to the news?
A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio: great compilation comedy CD of Prairie Home Companion commercials
A Prairie Home Companion 10th Anniversary: A less preachy time in Lake Wobegon history.
A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie: Decent movie version of Garrisson Keillor Lake Wobegone radio show
Never Better Stories From Lake Wobegon: 10 News From Lake Wobegon on 2 CDs. Good stuff all around.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book - Capsule Review: A bowling ball containing the ashes of a Lake Wobegon resident is scheduled to be dropped in the lake as another is having a wedding ceremony on it.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book Full Review: Better as an audiobook than as a paperback.
More News From Lake Wobegon - Hope: CD reissue of 1989 More News From Lake Wobegon set. A kindler, gentler time and stories
More News From Lake Wobegon - Faith: 4 News segments: Rotten Apples, O Death, The Wise Men, and A trip to Grand Rapids.
English Majors A comedy collection for the highly literate: Perfect gift for the college graduate and funny too.
A Prairie Home Companion - Duets: A who's who of music and the American songbook.
A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance: A 2 CD Prairie Home Companion set with more music and less talk.
A Prairie Home Companion 2nd Annual Farewell Performance: A few skits, lots of music including the Everly Brothers: a solid show
A Prairie Home Companion Final Performance: The first final performance. Good but not the best.
A Prairie Home Companion 3rd Annual Farewell Performance: Good stuff including a 2 part 40-minute News From Lake Wobegon
Tourists: Prairie Home Companion CD of esoteric music like klezmer, balalaika, and zydeco
Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book: One of the better Lake Wobegon novels, this Garrison Keillor audio book is darker and features some adult situations.
Lake Wobegon USA - Fertility: Prairie Home Companion CD reissue. Finally
Lake Wobegon USA - Patience: Features Aunt Ellie, Duke's 25th, and You're Not the Only One.
Lake Wobegon USA - Youth: Features Blue Devils, Nostalgia, O Christmas Tree, Pageant, and Messy Shoes
Lake Wobegon USA - Rhubarb: Includes Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Corn, and The Sun's Gonna Shine Someday
Even More Pretty Good Jokes 2CD set: Best of the last 3 years of the Prairie Home Companion Joke Show
A Christmas Blizzard: A non-Lake Wobegon Christmas yarn is decent enough.
Prairie Home Comedy - Radio Songs & Sketches: Lots and lots of musical comedy plus some short skits.
Church People - The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon: Lots of Lutheran based humor the kids are not going to get.
Motherhood: Not quite as good as expected and very loosely about motherhood
Summer Love: A mostly musical record of the Prairie Home Companion 2010 tour in a country western vein.
My Little Town - Stories From Lake Wobegon: 3 CD set includes the story of the Inqvist s departure.