From the video game lyric’ing brilliance of Brentalfloss comes this delightful, holiday tune about the Presidential candidate who speaks his mind, which apparently is usually filled with mostly asshole thoughts that sadly a surprising percentage of our voting public relates to. Whether this crazy billionaire actually becomes the president that America probably deserves next year or not, at least we have this song to dwell on in the meantime … Mr. Grinch. 😛
I’ve kind of been more into the older, more classic holiday tunes lately, as noted in this year’s 4th edition of my Christmas Mix Tapes – the other three of which can be found right here…
- 2011 – Volume 1 – Holiday Memories
- 2012 – Volume 2 – Muppets!!!
- 2013 – Volume 3 – Something Old, Something New
Not sure why I didn’t put one of these together last year, but it’s fun to look back and see which holiday songs I was rocking out to in the previous years and I’ve got a feeling as Christopher gets a bit older and can more eloquently vocalize his radio demands in the car, we’ll be seeing the list trend rather differently still! But until then…
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (performed by Johnny Mathis)
- The Christmas Song (performed by Nat King Cole)
- Happy Holidays (performed by Andy Williams)
- Sleigh Ride (performed by John Williams & The Boston Pops)
- White Christmas (performed by Bing Crosby)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (performed by Frank Sinatra)
- Let It Snow! (performed by Dean Martin)
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (performed by Andy Williams)
- Walking in a Winter Wonderland (performed by Dean Martin)
- Christmas Time is Here (by Vince Guaraldi)
I was singing the chorus to this old classic from Tally Hall to the kid while we were walking through Walmart earlier this evening … decided to show him the video before bed and forgot how extraordinarily creepy the actual video for the song really was!
Needless to say, I had to summon the aid of one C. Monster to help bring things back to his level… 😉
This song amuses me to no end simply because I was first introduced to it while playing Grand Theft Auto 3 and listening to the ridiculous lyrics, I legitimately thought that it was a fictional song that had been made up for the game – in line with all of the great fictional ads like PetsOvernight.com and the Maibatsu Monstrosity!
“Welcome to the limit!”
I found myself reminded of this old tune circa 1983 from the episode of Fraggle Rock that Christopher got to watch after eating lunch today, and it amuses me how whenever I watch these older Muppet works like Fraggle Rock or The Muppet Show or even the classic episodes of Sesame Street just how much Jim Henson himself bled through the characters that he played – with this one, it’s almost hard not to picture Jim himself playing that magical flute down in the Fraggle caves, singing his song of songs to anyone who cared to listen.
In fact, you can actually see some fun pictures of Jim posing and performing this character (Cantus the Minstrel) over on the Muppet Wiki!
The other day I was posed with the challenge of naming who my creative mentors would be if I were to gather them all around a table for their advice and wisdom, and though I’m probably going to write about the exercise later in greater detail because I really found it to be pretty interesting, I’ve got to say that at the time the very first person to pop into my mind was none other than Jim Henson. And I’m not entirely sure why, but what I’ve pieced together so far is that even though I’m not necessarily precisely where I’d like to be in my writing career at this point in my life, I can say that I’m trying to get there by embracing in these things that I’m the most passionate about and you don’t have to watch more than a couple of minutes of any Muppet act to know without a shadow of a doubt that Jim Henson lived creatively by doing exactly that.
It’s also interesting – and admittedly a bit relieving – to note that as epic as those regrettably short, last twenty years of his life were, looking at Jim Henson’s career, some of my absolute favorite things to come from the legend actually didn’t come to be until later on in his life:
- Sesame Street first aired in 1969, when Jim was 33 years old
- The Muppet Show first took roots in 1976 (40 years old)
- The Muppet Movie hit theaters in 1979 (43 years old)
- Fraggle Rock first aired on HBO in 1983 (47 years old)
- And probably my personal favorite – A Muppet Family Christmas – was released in 1987 when Jim was 51 years old (only two years before his death)
I bring this up simply because lately it’s been easy to sort of look around and panic when I see that I’m 34 years old and I’m not exactly where I want to be in life, but I try to think of a guy like Jim Henson – one of my creative mentors – and not only acknowledge that some of his best works came far later in his life, but also – and more importantly – that frankly it’s hard not to look back at any of these moments in his career and not see just a happy, bubbly guy having the time of his life creating these bizarrely charming stories about wandering minstrels and strange, little creatures living just out of sight, and it kind of makes me stop and question my priorities and whether I should really be beating myself up for not being farther in life than I would like instead of simply living in the moment and enjoying every last step of the process along the way.
I just discovered last night that this song that I’ve heard bits and pieces of over the years is actually a song by The Beatles, and though I’m by no means their biggest fan, I can’t help but find the lyrics to this particular one to be like poetry…
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me…
Jai Guru Deva OM
Interesting to read that the background of the song is very spiritual, and I thought that the words went quite well with this particular YouTube video featuring imagery of the stars around our own universe, too. 🙂
[Edit: I had to swap out the video because it got flagged as only available in the UK and the imagery in this new one is a bit … different!]
I remember having this idea a couple of years ago that it might be kind of cool once I had a kid to setup a website of all the neat things that we explore online together … may have to revisit that one after the fun we had this evening…
Anyways, this song came up because I had The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on in the background and after it cut out (just before Walter accidentally dives into the ocean!), I thought it might be fun to show him the original … or at least, the original as uniquely performed by the Commander of the International Space Station IN SPACE!!!
I know that at one year old he doesn’t really get space or weightlessness or the thought of everything mankind has ever known existing on that blue marble floating below the ISS, but he will. I suppose that’s the fun part! 😉
Got this cover of Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle in my inbox the other day courtesy of The Doubleclicks and I must say that it’s a pretty endearing rendition … I really enjoyed how it gives you a chance to slow down and really listen to the words, and of course, the backdrop of two aspiring, little girls who grew up into the ones singing to you was pretty darned heartwarming, too… 😉
Because there’s a considerable difference between:
“Eminem wins 6th best rap album Grammy Award for sequel to 2000 release”
“Eminem wins 6th Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for sequel to 2000 release”
My first thought when seeing the former … What an award – 6th Best Rap Album of the Year?!