My Kind of Christmas Song 4

To continue with my Christmas songs I must say I had a bit of a hard time picking a song from the album this is from because there are many good songs there.

My husband actually ran across this band somewhere. Maybe Pandora. He really liked them and since we are always on the lookout for our kind of Christmas music we ordered theirs.

This group always reminds me of ES because this song is by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It’s from their album Christmas Caravan. It goes waaaaay back to 1998.  The group is made up of a lot of different types of musicians and singers. Some songs are bluegrass-y others are big band type songs others are ballads. They consider themselves a swing revival band. Let’s listen shall we?

 

I like all kinds of music, swing included. If you can call this swing. The album Christmas Caravan is always a hit with us for Christmas.

Here’s a nice Squirrel Nut T. EnjoySquirrel Nuts Novelty Tee

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My Kind of Christmas Song 3

Today, 37 years ago John Lennon was killed. That is hard to type even now.  It was a terrible time.

I was very sick that night. I went to bed early. My parents watched Monday Night Football so they heard Howard Cosell give out the news and there was a crawl on the screen also. My parents decided I should get the rest and didn’t wake me. I was a super Beatles fan. They were big in my life. I was a senior in high school.

I was too sick to go to school still but sometime in the morning my little brother came in to wake me up before he left for school. He woke me up crying and saying he was sorry over and over. I asked what was wrong and when he quickly blurted that John had been killed, I thought What? No, this isn’t right. I comfort him and step out of bed and there are sticky notes on my radio, on the door of my room from my mom telling me how sorry she was. The living room was covered with notes of comfort from my family, mostly my mom. I was too sick to go to school for two more days. The school was having a memorial reading over the PA which I thought I missed. My father was an administrator at the school so they held up the memorial until I came back to school. One of the nice things he did for me.

There was a little reading and a song. I remember feeling a bit perturbed when the song chosen to honor John was a Paul song-either The Long and Winding Road (my least favorite Beatles song) or Hey Jude. I have somehow forgotten which song, but was so very touched that they did this.

My Beatles friends and I went to the vigils. It was just a time of stunning sadness.

But today I am going to list John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) performed by  John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir as one of my Christmas songs. As it has been for me since 1976. The song first came out in 1971.

You might know the lyrics, but I’m going to post them anyway. I think it’s a pretty good message for any year, but this year for sure.

Happy Xmas (War is Over) Songwriters: John Lennon / Yoko Ono
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red one
Let’s stop all the fight
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now
la, la, ah, ah
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas Yoko, Happy Christmas John, wherever you may be.

My Kind of Christmas Song 2

So I was talking about the songs I like to listen to at Christmas time. This is something I feel a bit more comfortable writing about.

This song is by one of my favorites again and it was released in 1996 by Weird Al Yankovic.  Al has two Christmas songs. The one I hear more is Christmas at Ground Zero. I never did understand why it seemed more popular. The Night Santa Went Crazy is great. It’s a parody of a song I don’t know if I ever heard. Black Gold by Soul Asylum. Ha I never knew it was a parody at all. Al writes some great original songs so I stupidly assumed this was one of them. Here is the original song. I had to look it up and no I have never heard it before.

I have liked Weird Al since about 1996 when his album Bad Hair Day came out. My son loved Al and so we listened to a lot of cassettes in my car and I just loved him. He. Is. Hilarious. I took the kids to see him in concert that year and I have gone to every show since.

Let’s get in the Christmas mood, well for some of us, with The Night Santa Went Crazy:

I used the cartoon video version because I didn’t find any I thought were better. Sorry about the ad. Just skip it after 4 sec. Here are the lyrics in case anyone would like to know about anything missed.

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al Yankovic

Down in the workshop all the elves were makin’ toys
For the good Gentile girls and the good Gentile boys
When the boss busted in, nearly scared ’em half to death
Had a rifle in his hands and cheap whiskey on his breath
From his beard to his boots he was covered with ammo
Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo
And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye,
“Merry Christmas to all – now you’re all gonna die!”The night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’d been gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brainWell, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it
Everywhere you’ll find pieces of Cupid and Comet
And he tied up his helpers and he held the elves hostage
And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage
He got Dancer and Prancer with an old German Luger
And he slashed up Dasher just like Freddy Krueger
And he picked up a flamethrower and he barbequed Blitzen
And he took a big bite and said, “It tastes just like chicken!”

The night Santa went crazy
The night Kris Kringle went nuts
Now you can’t hardly walk around the North Pole
Without steppin’ in reindeer guts

There’s the National Guard and the F.B.I.
There’s a van from the Eyewitness News
And helicopters circlin’ ’round in the sky
And the bullets are flyin’, the body count’s risin’
And everyone’s dyin’ to know, oh Santa, why?
My my my my my my
You used to be such a jolly guy

Yes, Virginia, now Santa’s doin’ time
In a federal prison for his infamous crime
Hey, little friend, now don’t you cry no more tears
He’ll be out with good behavior in 700 more years
But now Vixen’s in therapy and Donner’s still nervous
And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
And they say Mrs. Clause, she’s on the phone every night
With her lawyer negotiating the movie rights

They’re talkin’ bout – the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nicholas flipped
Broke his back for some milk and cookies
Sounds to me like he was tired of gettin’ gypped

Wo, the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’s gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brain
Wo, something finally must have snapped in his brain
Tell ya, something finally must have snapped… in his brain

I listen to this song year around. I mean it’s Al after all. His songs are so clever and funny I almost always laugh. I think he’s gone all digital now and don’t think he’s going to issue cds? Not sure, something I heard. So he can get his music out faster. I am old. I want LPs or cds!
Now this is the kind of Christmas song I like!

 

My kind of Christmas Songs

Let me first say that I am not a religious person. We do celebrate Christmas. The gift giving. The family. The peace.  It’s a national holiday. It’s a religious holiday. The only religious holiday to be made a national holiday. I’m not all that crazy about that, but I highly doubt it’s going to change any day soon. So I digress.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Father Christmas by the Kinks. I love the sound of it. I love the lyrics. Funny. I used to wait to hear it on the radio. Now I can hear it just about any time I want! Let’s give a listen for those who don’t know the song or for those like me who love the song:

Boy, they look so young! In 1977 I was 14 and heavy into the Beatles by then. I did like the Kinks, especially this song. Maybe I was just a rebellious teen; it doesn’t seem to have gone away.

I find the lyrics pretty easy to understand, but I’ve listened to this song for 40 years. For those of you who have not here are the lyrics:

 

  • Father Christmas by Ray Davies

    When I was small I believed in Santa Claus
    Though I knew it was my dad
    And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas
    Open my presents and I’d be glad

    But the last time I played Father Christmas
    I stood outside a department store
    A gang of kids came over and mugged me
    And knocked my reindeer to the floor

    They said
    Father Christmas, give us some money
    Don’t mess around with those silly toys
    We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
    We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
    Give all the toys to the little rich boys

    Don’t give my brother a Steve Austin outfit
    Don’t give my sister a cuddly toy
    We don’t want a jigsaw or monopoly money
    We only want the real mccoy

    Father Christmas, give us some money
    We’ll beat you up if you make us annoyed
    Father Christmas, give us some money
    Don’t mess around with those silly toys

    But give my daddy a job ’cause he needs one
    He’s got lots of mouths to feed
    But if you’ve got one I’ll have a machine gun
    So I can scare all the kids on the street

    Father Christmas, give us some money
    We got no time for your silly toys
    We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
    Give all the toys to the little rich boys

    Have yourself a merry merry Christmas
    Have yourself a good time
    But remember the kids who got nothin’
    While you’re drinkin’ down your wine

    Father Christmas, give us some money
    We got no time for your silly toys
    Father Christmas, please hand it over
    We’ll beat you up so don’t make us annoyed

    Father Christmas, give us some money
    We got no time for your silly toys
    We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
    We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
    Give all the toys to the little rich boys

I am certainly not a music reviewer, as you can tell. This song has a message:  Remember those children who are not getting toys for Christmas. This the first of My Kind of Christmas Songs.

Happy Hip Hop

I’ve been listening to hip hop all morning. I love it. My husband pretty much sticks to Eminem, Dr Dre and D12 if I want to listen to hip hop when he’s home. He’s a dub step guy. So I usually play other things during the day.  Mos Def right now. Common and Tupac earlier.

After this though I am putting on Eminem. Or Em as I call him. An oldie but one of my faves (the first cd I bought of his music,The Eminem Show). My younger daughter introduced me to his music. One of his songs, “Without Me” came on the radio. It had a great beat and it was so funny. My daughter told me I would probably like the album and she wanted me to hear the song “Square Dance” So, as I often do, I wanted to hear more. So I went out and bought it.  I always want the explicit albums not the one bleeped out or whatever they do. Em uses a lot of bad words, but they don’t hurt or bother me.

When I’m mad I sometimes like to listen to Em. He admits mistakes, gets mad at a lot of the things I used to get mad about back then and again now even more. Actually, when I’m kind of irked shall we say, I like to listen to my husband’s hip hop folder. “White America”- Em, “Business”- Em, “Get Back”- Ludacris “Get My Gun”- D12, there is Dr. Dre on there but I can’t remember what. Guess I haven’t been that upset/mad in a while.

Here’s the cleaned up version of “Without Me”. I didn’t know what the WP rules were on these “bad” words so I wimped out and used the clean version.

Lots to learn here on WP and lots more to learn on my hip hop journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Saturday Thoughts

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrates it had a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday. Mine was great. My three grown children got together on a Facebook chat to talk an wish me and my husband Happy Thanksgiving. It was really terrific to talk to them all together which I don’t get to do all that often. They all live and are settled out of state.  My sister-in-law brought over the nieces which was the best. I get to have another Thanksgiving tonight with my oldest friends. Their second son is in town from Pittsburgh so it is really a celebration!

I’m currently listening to some Peter, Paul & Mary for some reasons, but I may switch to some hip hop for the same reason when this album is over!

I saw an advertisement on PBS World channel that they are going to show the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” by James Baldwin. I went to the theater to see this movie. Alone. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.  Which is too bad since it is such a moving movie. I think the people who really need to see it will not however. James Baldwin is a fantastic writer and I have more than a few of his books. Anyway, I really want to see this again. I’m sure I will buy the dvd. Probably when I finish writing this lol.

There really isn’t much going on! Changed the music, but got side-tracked by Patti Smith’s “Easter” album from 1978. But I have Common’s “Black America Again” in line and up next. The Beatles are my favorite since I was 14. I liked the Doors, Janis Joplin, The Who, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel (my Mom’s fave) back then, too. I still like them.  Now I like just about all kinds of music except country (love bluegrass though). Oh and disco. Was never a big fan of disco. I liked anti-disco songs though. hahaha. I like metal, but not death metal. I like Metallica when they started, but I really like Judas Priest. I don’t think I know any names of metal groups of today….but I have heard them. College radio plays all kinds of things.

Random music paragraph.

I love music and books so I am sure I will have random paragraphs about them a lot.

I don’t go to as many movies as I’d like, but I loved Wonder Woman and did not like at all LaLa Land. I love musicals but not that at all.

To anyone reading still, have a good evening or whatever time it is where you are. It’s getting on to evening here in good ole Berea, OH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

I haven’t touched this blog in a year. I guess I shouldn’t say touched. Oh hell, it’s just a blog. I think I’m safe. I wanted to blog again, but I just couldn’t find my groove. My past posts are all so random. I think my next ones probably will be, too. In order to start again I thought I’d give the blog a new look. I had never done anything for the look of the blog before. My friend Mer did all that great stuff for me. This time I was going to do it. I like the new look.

I have always been interested in politics. Since I was very young both my parents were political and from opposite sides of almost any issue. I heard lots of discussions! I am more politically active now because I feel it’s needed more than ever. I marched in the Cleveland Women’s March. My legs gave up when I was almost to the end! I had to take the van back. Boy, I hated that. But I did make it most of the way. I’ve called and tweeted and emailed my Congress representatives for different issues. I pretty much keep my political stuff on twitter.

I used to read books. Hardback books. Book books as I call them now. After waking up with excruciating pain from my shoulders to my hands I was really having a hard time reading. So, for my birthday this year my husband got my a Kindle Paperwhite which is light enough for me to hold for awhile so I could read. The problem was that I was reading about 18 books at once in a rotation. I could keep them straight, but it took awhile to read from every one every day. It would take up my whole day and I got obsessed about it. I swore I would not buy anymore ebooks until I had finished the ones I had. I’m down to 21. I read a lot of non-fiction. I have 3 books on Dunkirk to read, I have 3 Holocaust survivor books left (for now, I also have a 12 book folder of the ones I’ve already read), a Holocaust book, books on the Third Reich, books on lynching, on experiments done on black Americans from the time they were forced to come here.  James Baldwin, Dr. Michael Eric Tyson and others to try to convey what life for a black person in this country is like. A reporter in Afghanistan. Just all kinds. A book with 1/2 the 100 books everyone should read before they die. A scifi book. You get the picture. I know, you did a long time ago but I love books! Mostly on the Paperwhite now.

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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and me at a meet and greet after his new book interview. 2017

I still need to learn how some of this WP stuff works. I wanted this pic to be smaller! Oh well, for a change I will keep at it, even if these posts are messed up.