Today's cuppa: Scottish breakfast tea
Each week, as part of our syndicated feature package, we do a column devoted to music on television. I suggested talking to someone whose day job is very far removed from music, but whose private life is full of melody and rhythm…
By Kate O’Hare
Usually when Fox News Channel viewers see Lauren Green, she’s
either talking about news — which she used to do daily as news anchor for the
morning show “Fox & Friends” — or she’s talking about faith as FNC’s
But there’s another side to the former Miss Minnesota
“Classic Beauty,” in 2004.
dystonia keeps her from performing up to classical concert standards these
days, she still keeps the keyboard fingers warm as part of the Little Rockers,
the house band on Fox News’ weekend talk show “Huckabee,” starring former Arkansas
presidential candidate and bass player Mike Huckabee.
“This is a real experience for me,” Green says. “When they asked me
to do this, I said, ‘You do understand that I’m a classical pianist. I don’t
play country, pop, that kind of stuff.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, it’ll be
“So the first rehearsal was so interesting. I’d gotten the music,
and I was practicing, and I realized the drums and the bass and the guitar take
over most of the melody, and the keyboards are really there to fill it out.
“So I don’t have to worry about doing all of that, which is what I
was doing before, trying to play the whole piece. What I’ve learned is now I’m
basically filling in and adding texture, color — musicwise.”
After spending her musical career in the rarefied air of classical
piano, Green has cut loose playing with Huckabee’s pop and country guests and
with the band, which is chiefly made up of behind-the-scenes FNC staffers.
“What I’ve learned,” Green says, “in playing with the governor is
the freedom of the music. I was always so tied to the written music, the
“Working with pop musicians without very much training, formally,
there’s a lot of freedom involved in music that is so wonderful to be a part
As for singing, Green says, “Not on the show. A couple of times,
somebody has asked me to do a couple background things. I think I did OK in
rehearsal, then when the show was on the air, I really just forgot everything,
and I just didn’t sing at all.”
Asked when her fellow Minnesota
native, pop star Prince, was going to be on “Huckabee” and play with the Little
Rockers, Green says, “I know! He should. I haven’t really kept in contact with
Prince — not that I was ever really in contact with Prince — but whenever I’m
in contact with him, I’ll say, ‘Hey, want to be on “Huckabee?” ‘ That’ll be my
Because of her classical focus, Green isn’t familiar with many of
the guest musicians who’ve sat in with the band — except one.
“Well,” she says, “Rick Springfield — he was like a heartthrob for me years ago.
“But I didn’t play with him. I think he played with Mike himself, a
She also became a new fan of one country star.
“Oh, Aaron Tippin,” she says, “I love Aaron Tippin. We played with
him twice. He was just wonderful. I really like him, and I didn’t know who he
As a religion reporter, she also got to have an interesting
behind-the-scenes talk with Rick Stanley, the stepbrother of Elvis Presley.
“We had discussions about Elvis,” she says, “and his spirituality
and what he believed. He was a tormented sinner. I thought that was really
In addition to her FNC duties, Green is busy writing a book called
“A Living Reality,” exploring the universal implications of the First
Commandment, and being host of the one-hour “God Talk,” a segment of the Fox
News online show “The Strategy Room,” presented Fridays.
But when it’s suggested the Little Rockers should release a CD,
Green says, “Oh, you’ll have to talk to Mike about that. We kid a lot that we
should be on tour.”