I totally understand, it’s only mid-September. I’m not going crazy. But I just renewed this site’s web hosting for another year,you see, so I figured I’d better do something, anything, and get it up here PRONTO. And what that something, anything, is, is a Christmas tune. Hey: My site, my rules.
Christmas Week! As you may or may not know, or even care, I make a Christmas Mix CD every year for cherished friends and family…This year is Year 13 for my little endeavor, and now that most of the CDs have been mailed out or dropped off, it’s time to share it with the world!
I’ve reached that point in the Christmas season where all the music everywhere is starting to get to me a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classics…but still. Do they really need to be playing everywhere? I don’t need to be serenaded at the gas station. The grocery store is bad enough. And I’ve also noticed, in addition to it being everywhere, the music choosers everywhere seem to be choosing versions of songs butchered by new artists rather than the much more soothing (to me) classic original versions. If I have to hear ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ it’d better be Brenda Lee singing. And if it’s not John Lennon singing ‘Happy Xmas,’ I don’t really need to hear it. No one does.
I’m trying. I’m trying really, really hard. But this year, getting in that holiday mood, feeling the ‘Christmas Spirit’ seems harder than usual. But I am trying. But I’m feeling more like poor depressed Charlie Brown than I’m comfortable with.
Here it is, Christmastime once again. The Holidays are upon us. It seems like just two weeks ago we were taking down the tree, but again time has shown us no mercy as it continues to fly by at an alarming pace.
Well, well, well…Every year, the first significant snowfall of the year is bearing down on us here in Michigan, and with it the non-stop warnings to be prepared for the end of the world. We’re predicted to get a few inches of snow, which means in reality we might see two, but that’s not stopping the media from issuing one WINTER STORM WATCH warning after another. Every year, it’s headline news. And every year, it drives me kind of crazy.
So many of the classic holiday TV specials from the 60’s and 70’s are still show on television every year; I’m talking you Rudolphs, your Charlie Browns, your Grinches…. and watching them is always an instant rocket ship back to my childhood. These shows are perennial classics for a reason, but every year I scan the channel guide for one show that’s rarely seen these days. I’m talking about ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.’ Made in 1977, it was shown on HBO in 1978 and aired on ABC in 1980, which is probably where I first saw it (our house didn’t have cable TV until the 1990s. For real.) It’s a charming little tale from Jim Henson and his muppeteers, with music by the underappreciated musical genius Paul Williams. If you’ve never seen it, then pull up a seat, grab a nice warm beverage, and slow your life down for an hour or so, and check it out. Here for you, in its entirety, is Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. If you love it, and I don’t know why you wouldn’t, you can buy a copy on DVD for about 7 bucks.