Bob Christianson Q&A: ‘A Christmas Carol’ composer
After composing TV music for more than 30 years, Bob Christianson reaped his first-ever Emmy nomination this year for the tune "No Trouble" from the PBS special, "A Christmas Carol: The Concert." Bob Cratchit, played by tenor Scott Coulter, sings of the memories of his late son, Tiny Tim, while observed by Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Come.
In our recent webcam chat (watch below), the composer revealed his sense of accomplishment, describing this song as "something I always wanted to write that bypasses the brain and goes directly to the heart and, in all honesty, I can't listen to it without sobbing." He also spoke at length of his collaboration with lyricist Alisa Hauser.
The other Best Song nominees come from a diverse range of programming: "Les Mis" ("Key & Peele"), "Home for the Holiday" ("Saturday Night Live"), "Merroway Cove" ("Sofia the First: The Floating Palace"), "Day is Gone" ("Sons of Anarchy") and "Bigger!" ("The 67th Annual Tony Awards").
Christianson will definitely be at the Creative Arts ceremony on Aug. 16. As for having something to say should he win, he admits: "Of course we're gonna prepare our speech because there's no way that, if I happen to be lucky enough to win this thing, there's no way I'd be able to go up there and talk without something in my hand to look at."
Among the other topics we covered were his iconic theme for CBS's coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament and his work as the music director for "Gilda Live!" starring Emmy winner Gilda Radner.