Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Another reason Hanukkah feels better than Christmas

Dr. Dreidel is a better pun than Kanye Kane.

It's the second night of Hanukkah. The fried food is still appetizing.

Gather your family around and listen to some more Hanukkah songs -

The Chanukah Song Part 2  Adam Sandler -

How do you spell Hanukkah? -

Another Hanukkah Miracle from Technion Israel -

Can I interest you in Hannukah? -

Ocho Kandelikas  Cantor Sheila Nesis -

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas -

OK, Frank wasn't the only member of the Rat Pack to sing carols -

I've got seven kids. The three words you hear most around my house are 'hello', 'goodbye', and 'I'm pregnant'.

our other theme is A Dean Martin's Christmas (Dean died on Christmas day in 1995.)

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! -

Although this song is associated with Christmas, there is no mention of the holiday in the lyrics. This was written by the lyricist Sammy Cahn and the Broadway songwriter Jule Styne in 1945.

White Christmas -

Blue Christmas -

Originally recorded by Western actor Doye O'Dell in 1948, the song found popularity two years later with a cover by Ernest Tubb. Elvis Presley recorded it in 1957 for his Elvis' Christmas Album.

A Marshmallow World -

Written by the Brill Building songwriters Carl Sigman and Peter DeRose, this is a popular Christmas song, although it doesn't specifically mention the holiday

What the hell I'm starting to feel the bourbon, let's watch an entire episode of The Dean Martin Christmas Show -

I want to be remembered as a damn good entertainer, nothing spectacular. A good entertainer who made people enjoy themselves and made them laugh a little. I want them to think 'He was a nice guy. He did pretty good and we loved him.'

Demand Euphoria.

Before you go, remember to get your Christmas cards out soon. You've got to hurry to avoid the rush - December 19th is the busiest day of the year at the post office.

The more cards you send, the more solvent the USPS remains.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Remember: Hanukkah means "dedication"

You add the candles from right to left but light them left to right.

So, let the serious eating commence.

Original Hanukkah Song  Adam Sandler -

Rise Up  Y-Studs -

A Nice Jewish Boy Band Chanukah  Six13 -

Shine On You  Listen Up! -

Playing with a Dreidel  Sesame Street -

Please pace yourself - Eight days is a long time. And kids, know when a simple game becomes an addiction - please no actual gambling while playing with your dreidels. Gamblers Anonymous (718) 352-1671

At heart, I guess I'm a saloon singer because there's a greater intimacy between performer and audience in a nightclub. Then again, I love the excitement of appearing before a big concert audience. Let's just say that the place isn't important, as long as everybody has a good time.

I'll Be Home for Christmas -

This was originally recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, and it quickly became one of America's most popular holiday songs along with White Christmas, which Bing had put onto disc the previous year.

Jingle Bells -

This was the first song played in space. On December 16, 1965, astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford were aboard Gemini 6 when they played this on a harmonica and bells to Mission Control. Both instruments are displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town -

This was written in 1932 by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots. They had trouble convincing anyone to produce it because it was seen as a kids' song, which would have been very hard to sell. The big break came when Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio show in 1934, and the song became an instant hit.

Winter Wonderland -

Although this song is associated with Christmas, there is no mention of the holiday in the lyrics. The song was originally recorded by Richard Himber and his Orchestra at the end of a recording session when they found some time to spare and it was suggested that this new tune be tried. Among his orchestra was a young clarinetist, Artie Shaw, who was doing some studio work to support himself while he caught up on his formal education.

I'm for decency -- period. I'm for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. But when lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday -- cash me out.

The Rat Pack wishes you a Merry Christmas (from Robin and The 7 Hoods.)-

Christmas is in 13 days

Demand Euphoria!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fragapanophobia –

an irrational fear of bad experiences involving or taking place during birthday.

Just because it's SOS' birthday had no bearing on her being our third guest programmer today, (I couldn't take the constant pestering about how unfair it was that it wasn't her turn yet.)

So take it away birthday girl -

Baby, It's Cold Outside  Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel -

Once again I am stumped that my daughters love this song, it keeps making their lists.

Sleigh ride  Fun -

According to ASCAP, this was the most-played holiday song on American radio from 2009-2012, beating out Winter Wonderland.

Carol of The Bells  Trans-Siberian Orchestra -

The internet meme Ding! Fries Are Done is the anthem of a Burger King worker named Billy set to the tune of Carol of the Bells. It originated in 1993 on the mysterious singer's cassette album A Very Spastic Christmas and gained attention the following year on the Dr. Demento radio show.

Feliz Navidad  Jose Feliciano -

This bilingual holiday classic comprises a simple English verse with a Spanish chorus, "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" that translates as "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness." The song's composer, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano, told Billboard magazine: "If I had left in Spanish only, then I knew the English stations might not play it, so I decided to write an English lyric, 'I want to wish you a merry Christmas.' And then there was no way the stations could lock that song out of the programming."

Mistletoe  Justin Bieber -

The origin of the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is obscure. The most likely explanation is that either the custom stemmed from the association of the plant in Dark Ages Europe with Freya, the Nordic goddess of love and beauty, or it could have come from the ancient belief that mistletoe symbolizes fertility.

Demand Euphoria!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Even Santa hit the road

Everything is gonna be OK. the Ukulele player is here.

I'll Be Home For Christmas - Jake Shimabukuro

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She & Him

Blue Christmas - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Mele Kalikimaka - Jingle Bells - Troy Fernandez

ACME is proud to sponsor the annual U900 Christmas Special featuring Usagi-no U (Rabbit U) and Kuma-no Kulele (Bear 900)

- Nothing says Happy Holidays more that a pair of ukulele playing knitted puppets.

There's something about the ukulele that just makes you smile.

Miss Mabel Snodgrass wanted to ignore the holidays. Unfortunately she couldn't.

Demand Euphoria!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (45)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with another Road Runner/ Wile E. Coyote Looney Tunes cartoon, the 1959 Chuck Jones directed, Wild About Hurry:

Some local TV stations cut the obligatory frozen introductory shot of the Road Runner in the beginning of the cartoon (because his faux Latin name in this cartoon technically says "Bat-outta-hell-ius").

Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call their favorite time of year ....

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first animated television special based on the popular newspaper comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, and also the first Christmas special for the franchise. Acme is proud to ask you to join us in watching the perennial showing of this depressing little special.

When they first saw the show, CBS executives were horrified at the idea of an animated Christmas special with such a blatant message. They also strongly objected to the fact that the show had no canned laughter. In addition, they greeted Vince Guaraldi's jazz score as an intrusion in the special that audiences would never accept. However, when CBS learned to their astonishment of the special's spectacular ratings earned on its initial broadcast and the glowing reviews for it, the network promptly contracted the producers for more specials.

A mini doc about A Charlie Brown Christmas -

The original broadcast included some brief animated sections which included the logo of Coca-Cola, the show's original sponsor. These have been edited out of subsequent broadcasts and the video release. Right after the opening title, Linus crashed into a sign advertising Coca-Cola after being tossed by Snoopy. (Look at current versions and you'll notice that we never see where Linus lands!) The closing carol originally included the complete verse (instead of fading out) with a final on-screen "Merry Christmas from your local bottler of Coca-Cola" right after the United Feature Syndicate credit at the end.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi Trio -

Producer Lee Mendelson wrote the lyrics for Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" music, and his son Glenn, along with his then sixth-grade class, sang the vocals.

Christmas Charlie Brown mashup

In honor of our depressed little pal: Let's all get in the mood and have a depressing Christmas -

Someday At Christmas  Stevie Wonder -

This is one of the first Christmas songs with a social and political message. Released during the Vietnam War, it takes a stand for peace and for equality and compassion. John Lennon sent a similar message in his 1971 song.

Christmas Eve Can Kill You  The Everly Brothers -

Apparently, Don and Phil could get really dark when they wanted to.

Xmas Time (It Sure Doesn't Feel Like It) The Mighty Mighty Bosstones -

Sometimes you might want to get out of town.

Christmas Lights  Coldplay -

The words above the stage curtain in the video say CREDO ELVEM ETIAM VIVERE. This means "I believe Elvis lives" in Latin.

And what could be the saddest Christmas song written:
Is There Really a Santa Claus?  Red Sovine -

You may daub your eyes now, you just have a little dust in them. I know you are not crying.

Demand Euphoria!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The more I see the less I know for sure.

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

This is a better way to remember John Lennon on this sad anniversary

Beatles Christmas Supermash !

Here's a recently uncovered private record Paul McCartney made for three friends -

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

He'll be back, much like the Exterminator.

December 7, 1969 -
Another Rankin/Bass production, Frosty the Snowman, premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

This was Jimmy Durante's final film (not counting documentaries and one short film appearance).

The original recording of Frosty The Snowman by Gene Autry was his seasonal follow-up to his successful recording of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1949.

This time he peaked at #7 in December 1950.

The Snowman in July (1944)

Frosty The Snowman (1953)

Snowman's Dilemma (1960)

The Snowman (1982)

When this program first aired on PBS stations in the United States, the introduction featured a newly filmed introduction by David Bowie instead of Raymond Briggs on the grounds that the animation needed a star.

I will not play the songs featuring Olaf from Frozen (the earworms they cause has led to a UN report being issued concerning possible war crime being committed by yours truly.) Really, don't bother to look for them if you can help yourself.