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Christmas Mapping in Seville January 1, 2015

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Sevilla opens the Christmas mapping

   

 

A Letter To My Boyfriend’s Homophobic Parents On Christmas December 24, 2014

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A Letter To My Boyfriend's Homophobic Parents On Christmas.

 

Meet Dana Williams, The Singer-Songwriter Who Made You Weep In That Apple Commercial – MTV December 22, 2014

Meet Dana Williams, The Singer-Songwriter Who Made You Weep In That Apple Commercial – MTV.

 

Covers, No Battle (Pt 6) December 25, 2013

 

And now, we have the final holiday tidbit. I hope that you guys have had fun watching these. To see all the other entries just check the links at the end on the post.

 

HEAT MISER/SNOW MISER

 

When I was a kid I used to love all those Rankin and Bass animated and stop-motion Christmas specials. There’s one called The Year Without A Santa Claus. The highlight was a duo of songs performed by two brothers, Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Frankly I think Snow Miser’s song has much more flare, but they’re still both quite fun.

 

Now, apparently in 2006 someone had the “bright” idea to do a live-action special. Why? I have no clue. I don’t remember hearing about it, didn’t see it, and don’t think I want to. This video of the brothers’ song is more than enough to dissuade me from ever seeking it out.

   

   

   

   
   

Please Come Home For Christmas (Pt 1)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Pt 2)

The Little Drummer Boy (Pt 3)

Happy Xmas (War is Over) (Pt 4)

All I Want For Christmas is You (Pt 5)

   
   

 

‘I Am Looking To Rent A Mom And Dad’: Abused Woman Who Turned To Craigslist Gets Holiday Family December 23, 2013

'I Am Looking To Rent A Mom And Dad': Abused Woman Who Turned To Craigslist Gets Holiday Family.

 

Covers, No Battle (Pt 4)

 

I bring you … part 4! Links for the prior posts are under the video

 

HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)

 

Christina Perri has a very happy, sweet sounding voice which brings an even greater element of hopefulness to the sentiment of John’s song. The video is quite pleasing and made me smile.

 

The John Lennon collaboration with Yoko Ono original is always going to be the standard for this. It’s not just your typical glad wishes, good tidings holiday song. The official video seems like a contradiction – a hopeful, celebratory song of the best possible thing for humanity, no more war. The images in the video show multiple scenes of places and people in dangerous conflict, people with injuries due to those conflicts. It gets you to, hopefully, think about the damage that’s caused when all we really should do is love each other more. I swear John & Yoko should have a Nobel Peace prize for this.

   

   
   

Please Come Home For Christmas (Pt 1)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Pt 2)

The Little Drummer Boy (Pt 3)

   
   

 

Covers, No Battle (Pt 3) December 22, 2013

 

Time for part 3 of my holiday cover samplings. For links to the earlier entries you can check out the bottom on this post.

 

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

 

Really good a cappela singing kinda makes me melt, and the Pentatonix version of this song is no exception. You can tell that, individually, their voices are strong, but together they’re just amazing. The way the harmonies dive, and swoop and swirl around is like a vocal ballet. It’s beautiful to hear.

 

Next we have one of the most unlikely duos you could think of: Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I have no idea who’s idea it was to put these two together, but it worked out brilliantly. With Bing crooning about the drummer boy and then he and David doing a duet on “Peace on Earth” it’s a magical moment in musical history.

 

Speaking of unlikely, I now bring you Christopher Lee. Yes – LOTR’s Saruman (and hundreds of other films) Christopher Lee. My first response was WTF?! Then I listened to it, and like Mr. Lee, himself this one is truly badass.

   

   
   

Please Come Home For Christmas (Pt 1)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Pt 2)

   
   

 

Covers, No Battle (Pt 2) December 21, 2013

 

Here’s part 2 of my little mini-series – a cover for each day until Christmas. To see part 1, check the link after the videos. Enjoy

 

 

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

 

For this holiday entry we have Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera definitely amp up the sexy playfulness of this classic. I knew Cee Lo has great musicianship but this was unexpected. Christina has such a … booming over the top style of singing that she could easily overpower a lesser partner, but Cee Lo matches her very very well.

 

For the Lady GagaJoseph Gordon-Levitt version they do a nice role reversal. Usually it’s the male singer imploring his female partner to stay, but this time it’s Gaga trying to entice Joseph. This number is from Gaga’s recent holiday special with The Muppets. (Kermit has a nice little bit with JGL before the song).

 

Here’s a nice older duet version featuring the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan. It’s not overly produced and the record sounds a bit tinny, in accordance with the production tools available at the time (1949) but it’s enjoyable, comforting and the harmonies are nice.

   

   
   

Please Come Home For Christmas (Pt 1)

   
   

 

Covers, No Battle (pt 1) December 20, 2013

 

So this week I did manage to bring you guys a little something. For the holiday season, let’s not call it a “battle”. It’s more of a small collection of … musical stocking stuffers. I just scouted around for examples of interesting holiday songs I like – serious, silly, rock, r & b, whatever.

 

I’m doing it as a little mini-series – one for each day, up until Christmas. Hope you like it.

 

 

PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

 

The first one I have for you is sung by Charles Brown, the original artist. I don’t think I’d ever heard this one. I really like it, though. It’s got a bit of sadness to it, but it also puts you in a hopeful, reflective kind of mood. The musical accompaniment is so good and mellow and … holiday- feeling.

 

Next up is Fiona Apple. I had never heard her version, either, but I like it as well. I’m a big fan of Fiona’s – she has such a one of a kind vocal styling and great power in her voice and performance. She’s a truly unique artist, sometimes misunderstood, but always very original, even when singing a number often covered by others.


 

   

   

 

I’m Betty Lou the Mistletoed Line Dancer December 5, 2013

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