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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Your Daily Dose of Christmas

At least once or twice I year I try to find something completely gonzo for this feature, and this certainly qualifies. It's the Christmas Timpani!

Your Daily Dose of Christmas (yesterday edition)

Willie!


(Yesterday was another busy day and I totally forgot to post. Sorry!)

Friday, December 07, 2018

Something for Thursday (Friday edition)

How about leavening the crystalline beauty of all the Christmas music in the air with an ominous operatic overture? Here's the overture from the first great opera of the Romantic era, Der Freischutz, composed by Carl Maria von Weber.

Your Daily Dose of Christmas (today edition)

Back on schedule! Here are two members of the United States Navy, with a nifty rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride".

Your Daily Dose of Christmas (yesterday edition)

Yesterday was something of a train wreck, folks. Not awful, but a few time-consuming inconveniences happened at the end of the day that occupied my attention for what was left of my day. But we're back in the saddle! Here's yesterday's selection, which is a rendition of "Carol of the Bells" that I just heard this morning. Time is weird, huh?

Anyway, this performance is by a group called "BarlowGirl". I'd never heard of them until this very tune popped up on a Christmas music channel at work. Apparently they were a Christian music group that disbanded some years ago. I'm not much for that genre so I doubt I'll be exploring much farther than their Christmas music, but as far as this song goes, they have some really nice vocal harmonies going on. I've never much liked "Carol of the Bells", but this is actually impressive.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Your Daily Dose of Christmas!

I seem to be leaning toward the funnier end of the pool this year, at least at the outset of this month's Christmas offerings. Here is Allan Sherman, who I think of as one of Weird Al Yankovic's forebears....

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Your Daily Dose of Christmas (and Tone Poem Tuesday!)

Leroy Anderson excelled at these brief pieces that set a cheerful tone, and his most famous one is one of the more enduring Christmas pieces. Here's "Sleigh Ride", conducted by none other than Maestro John Williams himself!

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Your Daily Dose of Christmas

A non-musical selection this time! Here's a Saturday Night Live sketch in which Alec Baldwin parodies his role in the ruthless-businessmen drama movie Glengarry Glen Ross. This time he's sent to motivate Santa's elves!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Something for Thursday (Friday edition)

So this is weird. I didn't forget yesterday. I drew a blank.

Remember, I'm getting each week's selection via a music challenge that is the kind of thing you find on Twitter occasionally. So far so good for the first few weeks, but now we're up to Number Four, which is:

A Song that Reminds You
of Someone You'd Rather Forget.

See, I got nothin'. I can literally think of no one in my life (or who was ever in my life) that I'd like to simply forget. I thought about going political (that "Money Money Money" song they used as the theme for The Apprentice, before that show's host made a disastrous career change), but I wasn't in the mood for that. So, for lack of anything else, here's "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. Why? Well...this friggin' movie was the featured event in two different dates I went on when I was in college, and in both instances, those dates were followed the next day by the "It's not you, it's me" speech. So...yeah. (I did eventually watch the movie with The Girlfriend, but only after we'd been dating for a year and I could be reasonably confident that its jinx effect had worn off. Which it had...either that, or it's just taking decades to work, but I really hope not.)

So yeah. "Part of Your World". Whatevs, Ariel. Harumph!


(Oh, and obviously I feel no particular animus toward either of those young women from back in the day. One's even a friend on Facebook! I've no idea whatever became of the other one, other than that I think she's a school teacher in Iowa someplace.)

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