Sunday, December 31, 2017

May 2018 be a year without regrets




My only regret is that I have not drunk more champagne in my life. - John Maynard Keynes

Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne. - Dorothy Parker



This has been a tough year for most of us - hopefully the upcoming one will be a better one for us all.


The Death Of The Old Year - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Full knee-deep lies the winter snow,
And the winter winds are wearily sighing:
Toll ye the church bell sad and slow,
And tread softly and speak low,
For the old year lies a-dying.
Old year you must not die;
You came to us so readily,
You lived with us so steadily,
Old year you shall not die.

He lieth still: he doth not move:
He will not see the dawn of day.
He hath no other life above.
He gave me a friend and a true truelove
And the New-year will take 'em away.
Old year you must not go;
So long you have been with us,
Such joy as you have seen with us,
Old year, you shall not go.

He froth'd his bumpers to the brim;
A jollier year we shall not see.
But tho' his eyes are waxing dim,
And tho' his foes speak ill of him,
He was a friend to me.
Old year, you shall not die;
We did so laugh and cry with you,
I've half a mind to die with you,
Old year, if you must die.

He was full of joke and jest,
But all his merry quips are o'er.
To see him die across the waste
His son and heir doth ride post-haste,
But he'll be dead before.
Every one for his own.
The night is starry and cold, my friend,
And the New-year blithe and bold, my friend,
Comes up to take his own.

How hard he breathes! over the snow
I heard just now the crowing cock.
The shadows flicker to and fro:
The cricket chirps: the light burns low:
'Tis nearly twelve o'clock.
Shake hands, before you die.
Old year, we'll dearly rue for you:
What is it we can do for you?
Speak out before you die.

His face is growing sharp and thin.
Alack! our friend is gone,
Close up his eyes: tie up his chin:
Step from the corpse, and let him in
That standeth there alone,
And waiteth at the door.
There's a new foot on the floor, my friend,
And a new face at the door, my friend,
A new face at the door.




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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (48)


Another page from the ACME Catalog -


Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with another Tweety and Sylvester (featuring Granny,) Looney Tunes cartoon, the 1956 Friz Freleng directed, Tugboat Granny:



Some of the scenes would later be recycled in one Pink Panther cartoon, due to the fact that some of the Warner Bros. animators would establish DePatie-Freleng Enterprises as well as being hired by United Artists to create Pink Panther and other cartoons eight years later.


Another Year has come and gone and we here at The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour would like to remember some of the music legends we lost in 2017. Acme is remembering some of the music giants (in no particular order) today


Pat DiNizio (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) -




Johnny Hallyday (June 15, 1943 – December 5, 2017) -




Jim Nabors (June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) -




David Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) -




Della Reese (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017) -




Mel Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) -




Fats Domino (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) -




Tom Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) -




Walter Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) -




Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) -




Gregg Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) -




Chris Cornell (July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) -




Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) -




Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) -




Keely Smith (March 9, 1928 - December 16, 2017) -




One last thing - Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves.



In Memoriam 2017 - Vlogger JoBlo's tribute to those we lost in Film and Television.



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In case this comes up in conversation:



Friday, December 29, 2017

Just one more

My daughters seem to like this mashup of the hits of 2017



And on this last Friday of 2017, as I always say that it's 5 PM somewhere,  please remember to drink til up drop this weekend and don't drive. The life you save may be yours (and mine.)



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Thursday, December 28, 2017

The hits keep coming

Daniel Kim is back again with his famous Pop Danthology 2017 edition - it a mashup of 50 Songs from this year



And apparently there is a part two



Once again, I'm getting old; I had to ask my daughters if they knew these songs.



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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Honestly, it's more than just "Despacito.

DJ Earworm is back with his ultimate year-end music mashup. His mix for 2017 highlights the dance sounds of modern pop music.



The top 25 hits are all in the mix, which all together has a definite Latin sound.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

We here at ACME have our feet up



I found another Christmas gift under the tree. (I may find another during the week.)



What would Christmas be without this classic (I nearly forgot to post it.)



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Monday, December 25, 2017

Sleep In Heavenly Peas

For some of you - This is a subliminal commercial for Le Sueur® Brand Peas



If not, then it's just another holiday song.



And that was for those of you not in a particularly holiday mood at all.


I couldn't wait until next year - here is a brief Puddles Christmas Concert -



As today is the first night of Christmas, here are some more unusual gifts to consider giving -



You might have to find an old copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book, copyright 1930 (of which I have a copy,) in order to figure out what some of these drinks are.



Also, did you buy anyone a gift as inappropriate as a weasel in a bikini this holiday season?


If you run out of topics around the table this evening, feel free to choose any one of the 500 random facts from the folks at Mental Floss -





Once again, we here at ACME once again want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday by sharing this Christmas poem:

Keeping Christmas by Henry Van Dyke

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.

Are you willing… to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;

to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;

to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;

to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;

to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;

to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness -

Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;

to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;

to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;

to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;

to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings with the gate open -

Are you willing to do these things, even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas.



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Sunday, December 24, 2017

BEWARE THE FATE OF JABEZ DAWES

We're all having our Christmas Eve dinner of the seven fishes, we keep losing track of how many fishes we've consumed, (it might have something to do with the number of bottles of white wine that we've consumed.)




Here's some fun facts about Christmas while we try to sort this all out.




Well, maybe you knew some of these facts (especially if you've been playing the home version.)




Why not watch these cartoons for your family while we try to sober up -

Santa's Workshop -




The Night Before Christmas -




Toys will be Toys -




Gift Wrapped -




Cricket On the Hearth -




One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.


Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid  The Mary Tyler Moore Show -




Now that you're in the proper mood for the holidays - I'll leave you with these thoughts from Ogden Nash and his poem: The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus.




I've told my kids and maybe you'll tell yours - Dammit kids, get to bed! The sooner you go to sleep, the quicker Christmas will be here.



Norad Santa



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Saturday, December 23, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (47)


Another page from the ACME Catalog -


Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with a Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon, the 1961 Chuck Jones directed, Lickety Splat:



Look for the Coyote introduced as Apetitis Giganticus and the Road Runner as Fastius Tasty-us.


Now that you and your family have finished your wholesome Festivus meal, you are probably running around doing last minute things getting ready for your Christmas celebrations. The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour would like you to take a moment to slow down and join us in remembering the anniversary of the December 21, 1988 broadcast of Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.

Remember to scream 'really loud' when the secret word 'YEAR' is said:



The lighting apparatus used in Miss Yvonne's hair actually shorted and smoked during production and the crew had to intervene to remove the power pack from under her wardrobe and remove the wig which housed the lighting.



If you need more time to wrap your gifts or just relax, why not continue to listen to The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour Rockin Soul Christmas (Old School)


May Christmas Bring You Happiness   Luther Vandross -




No Room At The Inn   The Staples Singers -




Such A Night   Aaron Neville -




Purple Snowflakes   Marvin Gaye -




Christmas Everyday  The Miracles -




Silent Night   Four Tops featuring Aretha Franklin -




A Warm Little Home On A Hill  Stevie Wonder -





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Friday, December 22, 2017

Stick a sprig of holly through it's electric heart

Hey, the holidays can be a lonely time.

And sometimes TV is your only friend, so why not have a marathon of Christmas themed episodes.


The Holiday Armadillo  Friends -



When Chandler was planning a life with Monica. He said they would have 2 boys, 2 girls and a cat.


Santa Goes Downtown  Night Court -



Look for a very young Michael J Fox as one of the defendants.


Christmas Shopping  The Jack Benny Program -



Mel Blanc steals this show without a doubt.


Not a Christmas Story  The Mary Tyler Moore Show -



Look for when Ted goes on the air in a light blue blazer and when the news is over, comes from the studio in a dark blue blazer.


Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas  Community -



Abed's mom's Christmas card ends with the phrase "Wash your dupa". "Dupa" is the Polish word for "ass".


Miracle on Third or Fourth Street  Frasier -



Listen for: Marty, on the phone: “It’s the nag.” Frasier: “Hello, Lilith.”


The Toaster  Everybody Loves Raymond -



Patricia Heaton was pregnant at the time of filming for this episode, so she did not appear in many of the shots. And when she did, she either wore big, baggy clothing or held an object, such as blankets, in front of her to hide the pregnant belly.


Met Someone  Mad About You -



Look for: Lisa Kudrow's first role on the show was as Paul's blind date, Karen.



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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holiday from Prisoner 1073015

Through the mid-'60s, Phil Spector was focused on singles, with his definition of an album being "two hits and ten pieces of junk." He took a different approach, however, when he put together a Christmas album in 1963, where he put a great deal of effort into every track. So please join us at ACME while we listen to The Phil Spector Christmas Album.



The only original song on the album was Darlene Love's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), which he wrote with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Spector issued the song as a single when the album came out, but unfortunately this was the same day US president John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. This seriously dampened the holiday mood and the single, as well as the album, were withdrawn.

I know it's not Christmas in our home unless we hear Darlene Love sing, so please enjoy Darlene Love's very first Christmas appearance on the David Letterman Show







And here's her 2014 (and final) appearance on the David Letterman Show:



But fear not -



And she actually sings other holiday songs:

Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas -




Christmas Must Be Tonight




Christmastime for the Jews -





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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

December 20, 1946 -
The Frank Capra film It's A Wonderful Life had a preview showing for charity at New York City's Globe Theatre, (a day before its official premiere) on this date.



The film is regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world, although, due to its high production costs and stiff competition at the box office, financially, it was considered a flop.



There have been countless parody of this classic film -











(Another, more adult alternate ending of the film) -



This is truly a strange little film.






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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The eight crazy nights has come to an end.

It's the Eighth night of Hanukkah.



You've probably run out of gifts at this point, wrap your family's fresh laundry as the gift that shows you've done the laundry. At this point, look up a local oil recycler - it will do better for everyone as a biofuel.

And here, I promise, is the last set of songs celebrating Hanukkah -

Hanukkah With Veronica Monica -




Hanukkah in Santa Monica Michael Feinstein -




Eight Candles Dave Koz -




In The Market For A Miracle A Christmas Story -



(side note - this, by the way, is how you steal a show and probably win an Emmy.)


The Dreydl Song The Klezmer Conservatory Band -




Hanukkah Hymns



Hey, somebody has to clean up all of that wax on the break front. And somebody's got to call the guys who pick up used cooking oil for bio-fuel.


If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance (part 2)



Happy families are all alike ... even kids abused by their domineering father - (the Motown edition)

x

Today's Christmas countdown - A Jackson Five Christmas


Up On The House Top -



The first Christmas song to mention Santa Claus was Benjamin Hanby's Up On The Housetop. Written in 1864, Hanby was inspired Clement Moore's 1823 poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas.


Someday At Christmas -



This was written by Motown songwriters Ron Miller and Bryan Wells, the team that also wrote Stevie Wonder's songs A Place in the Sun and Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday.


I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -



Boston church leaders tried to have the song I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus banned in the 1950s because they thought it “promoted physical intimacy.” Singer Jimmy Boyd had to fly to Boston and explain to them why it wasn’t obscene.


Santa Claus Is Coming to Town -



Santa Claus Is Coming to Town actually has a truly depressing back-story: songwriter James "Haven" Gillespie was broke, jobless, and his brother had just died when he was asked to write a Christmas song. He was originally too overcome with grief, but eventually found inspiration in his brother’s death and the Christmas memories they had together.


Little Christmas Tree -



We here at ACME are wishing you time to enjoy the simple pleasures of this holiday season.


And if don't enjoy yourself, Joe will be coming by to give you the beating of your life.



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Monday, December 18, 2017

Cibophobia –


an irrational fear of food.




Which leads us to -

Open a window someone , it's the Seventh night of Hanukkah.



That oil is a tad rancid

If you can stand it, more Hanukkah songs

WMAQ Channel 5  Happy Hanukkah (1977) -




Give the Jew Girl Toys   Sarah Silverman -




Gelt Melts  The LeeVees -




Candles on the Sill   The Maccabeats -




Mellow Hanukkah -




An Elvis Hanukkah -



Hmmm, maybe he converted?


If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance (part 1)

No family is perfect - Even kids abused by their domineering father




Today's Christmas countdown - A Beach Boys Christmas

We Three Kings of Orient Are -




Santa Claus is Comin' To Town -




White Christmas -




Winter Symphony -




Another Christmas song they got around to sing in between the verbal abuse from their father
I'll Be Home for Christmas -



There is no place like home for the holiday.



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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Just a couple more day to go

It's the Sixth Day of Hanukkah



At this point you may want to skip the unnecessary calories and just drink the oil - but not too much. Mussolini used to use this as a torture for his political enemies.


Boogie Woogie Hanukkah  Stuart Winter Choir Concert Men’s Choir -




Swingin' Dreidel  Kenny Ellis -




A Hanukkah Mitzvah CBS Cares   Mayim Bialik -




Hanukkah Lovin'  Michelle Citrin -




Challah Back Girl  DJ BC -




Hanukkah, O Hanukkah   Barenaked Ladies -



Remember, so far there has been no barking dog version of I had a Little Dreidel. You might begin thinking about where you are going to store your Hanukkah decorations? (I don't mean to insinuate that you aren't normally observant. Perhaps you proudly display your heirloom menorah in your living room. I can't be everywhere.)



There are literally dozens of adaptations of A Christmas Carol. Let's take a look at a few of them:

Marley's Ghost (1901) -




Scrooge (1935) -




Scrooge (1951) -



(It isn't really Christmas in our home unless we are watching this at about 2 am Christmas morning 'assisting Santa' with the gifts.)


A Christmas Carol (1954) -



(This was actually the first adaptation to be shot in color, but only the black-and-white kinoscope survived.)


This could be the greatest mash-up ever, or at least the most labor intensive. Heath Waterman has spent 18 months putting together this labor of love, retelling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in his video Twelve Hundred Ghosts - A Christmas Carol in Supercut.



Mr. Waterman uses clips from over over 400 versions of the holiday classic.


Blackadders Christmas Carol -




And there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than drinking spirits -

Eggnog is usually thought of as a Christmas beverage and to tell the truth I am not a huge fan of Eggnog. So I find it amusing that the recipe that I'm posting is for Eggnog (Above is a copy of my family recipe - my father sent it to his sister in 1962.)

Coquito, a Puerto Rican twist on the classic, is a family favorite and I thought I’d share it with you and perhaps you can try it out on your family.

Please note: these drinks go down quite smoothly and are very potent – they could be administered as a calmative for frayed nerves during the holiday season.

Ingredients:

* 4 large egg yolks
* 1/4 cup of sugar
* 1/2 can of (14-ounces) condensed milk
* 1 14-ounce cans evaporated milk
* 1 1/2 cans of 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
* 1/2 of a Fifth of white rum (or more)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract


Tools:

* Drink Blender
* Can opener
* Glass


Directions: 


Add the egg yolks, sugar, spices and vanilla into the blender. Mix until well blended.

Add the evaporated & condensed milk to the blender and briefly mix. (Condensed milk is very thick - you may want to open the can up all the way and scrap out all of the milk with a spatula.)

Vigorously shack the can of cream of coconut (it tends to separate.) Pour the cream of coconut into the blender and mix well. Scrap out any remaining coconut stuff from the can.

Add the rum and mix. Taste. If you think you need more rum, add it.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve cold.


A Christmas Carol  Tom Lehrer -





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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (46)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -


Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with another Sylvester The Cat and Hippety Hopper Looney Tunes cartoon, the 1954 Robert McKimson directed, Bell Hoppy:



This cartoon's plot is essentially a role-reversal version of the age-old "belling the cat" fable.


It's the Fifth Night of Hanukkah and ACME wants you to join them in celebrating the holidays with your friends at The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour - the official soap of our nation's bald eagles. Remember if your bald eagle's talons are filthy, do we have a soap for you!



Impress your friends: The fifth night of Hanukkah is called 'the darkest night', not because it falls on one of the last days of the Hebrew month of Kislev (meaning there is no moon), but because it is the only night of Hanukkah that can NEVER fall on Shabbat


We Are Lights  Philadelphia Gay Mens Chorus -




The Kvetch - a Hanukah Parody -




Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy explains Hanukkah -




Chanukah   Lewis Black -




8 Hanukkah Parody Songs in 4 Minutes!  Eric Schwartz -



I believe that oil fatigue may have already set in. Hold on, you will get through this.



For the second part of the show, we bring you - Really Bad Christmas songs. I received word from medical authorities that I should avoid posting Kanye West singing any Christmas song. It would be considered risky given your mental state.



Duly noted.


Rock and Roll Santa  Jan Terri -



I was going to post Excuse My Christmas but then I found many versions of this song. I am even more confused this year - this is an amazingly bad performance. But Ms. Terri is very well known as an 'Outsider Rock and Roll' performer and there are people posting on the web that this is one of their favorite holiday songs. It is not one of mine.


I'll Be Home For Christmas   Jillian Hall -



I get the point that WWD star Jillian Hall is supposed to be singing badly but she is not a good enough singer to put it off - it's just bad without being funny.


Christmas Tree Lyrics  Lady GaGa -



I actually like many of Lady GaGa's songs, but this just makes me feel dirty (and not in a good way.)


Spin Me a Christmas  Aqua



From the weird folks who brought you Barbie Girl, a strange tune bringing a Disney ride to life for Christmas.


That's Christmas To Me  Pentatonix -



It's as if GAP mannequins came to life and started auto-harmonizing.


We'll end with our perennial favorite -



What list of cheesy holiday songs would be complete without this wretched dreck concerning a filthy child's odd foot fetish (especially since it centers around his dying mother) - always an uplifting tune.



But I will give Patton Oswald the final word on the subject.



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Friday, December 15, 2017

There is none of the 'Naughty Nice list' dilemma

After hosting the fourth night of Hanukkah,



now is the time to figure out how to send all the mishpokhe home.

(Bonus points - don't forget to light your menorah before sundown today. Take it from a former Shabbos goy.)


Adam Sandler had nothing better to do than to update his song yet again - Chanukah Song Part 4 -



It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.


The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming -




Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah   Jinkx Monsoon & Sherry Vine -




Feast of Lights  They Might Be Giants -




8 Days (of Hanukkah)   Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings -




Hot Rod Hanukkah Meshugga Beach Party





Our holiday theme today is one of our favorite holiday games, "Guess the theme?"


Jingle Bell Rock -



This is considered the first mainstream rock 'n' roll Christmas song. The B-side of the single is Captain Santa Claus And His Reindeer Space Patrol.


A Holly Jolly Christmas -



The song has been featured on several TV shows, including Melrose Place, Roswell, My Name Is Earl, Chuck, Bones, and Mr. Robot.


(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays -



The song was recorded twice by Perry Como. Once in 1954, and released as a single for Christmas. The second time was in 1959 and has appeared on many compilations records.



The Christmas Waltz   Frank Sinatra -



Listen for the imperfect rhyme in the line '...And this song of mine, in three-quarter time.'


Santa Baby -



Along with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," this was one of the first Christmas novelty songs.


Happy Holidays -







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Thursday, December 14, 2017

You won't be pressured to buy Hanukkah Seals.

Tonight is the third night of Hanukkah -

Let's see what's on the ole turntable for Hanukkah this evening -

The Chanukah Song Part 3  Adam Sandler -




What is Chanukah?   Hannah Witton -




Happy Hanukkah Curious George -




Chrismukkah Speech from the series The O.C. -




Dreidel Erran Baron Cohen Feat. Jules Brookes and Y-Love -




Swingin' Dreidel  The United States Army Band -




Remember to eat some steamed vegetables or a bran muffin.


Our second theme today:

The gentlemen from South Philly were so moved by our themes concerning Frank and Dino that after much stregga and threatened 'kisses of death', for the fourth year in a row, I have be persuaded (forced at gunpoint) to have another Mobbed Up Christmas this year.

(This is not to say that any of these singers are in anyway associated with organized crime.)

It's just that Frankie Lupini, Molluschi Vincenzo, Joey Carrozza, etc, 'requested' these songs.


What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everbody Swingin’ Louis Prima -




Merry Christmas Baby   Dion -




Do You Hear What I Hear?  Bobby Vinton -




Christmas Night In Harlem  Tony Martin -






O, Holy Night  Jerry Vale  -




After many shots (of rye) and plates of scungilli, baccalà alla vicentina and fried calamari, the boys want to wish everyone Buon Natale, as well as Happy Hanukkah.



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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.'



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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

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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.



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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.



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