Wednesday, December 25, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: It Feels Like Christmas by The Ghost of Christmas Present



My second favorite song from A Muppet Christmas Carol, and arguably one of the happiest songs in the movie.  Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: One More Sleep Till Christmas by Kermit the Frog



I can still remember parts of the night when I first saw A Muppet Christmas Carol.  My family went to see it in theaters.  We had one of my little sister's friends with us, who has a Christmas-y name because her birthday was on Christmas Eve.  After the movie we drove around and looked at Christmas lights.  The movie is now a Christmas Eve tradition for my husband and I.  This song in particular almost brings me to tears when I hear it. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Christmas Vacation by Mavis Staples



National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation was a must watch every Christmas when I was younger.  It was also one of the first Christmas movies that I went out and bought for myself. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Have a DECOPIC Christmas


During this holiday season I have been keeping myself amused with the many winter/Christmas packs available to download on DECOPIC.  For those who are new or don't remember, DECOPIC is a purikura app for Android devices.  This year they have multiple Christmas theme packs, including a Hello Kitty one.  I have been spending hours editing my pictures, as well as pictures I found online, with DECOPIC.  Enjoy a small sampling of what my boredom has produced.






 










25 Days of Christmas Tunes: All I Want for Christmas is You by Joanna Anderson



I know I already mentioned this song, but the performance in Love Actually is pretty awesome.  I also learned recently that Olivia Olson, who played Joanna Anderson in the movie, is Marceline in Adventure Time.  How awesome is that?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Christmas Is All Around by Billy Mack



Billy Mack is a fictional character preformed by Bill Nighy.  The song Christmas Is All Around is a "Christmas" remake of one of the aging rock star's bigger hits.  If you haven't seen the movie, this song it the embodiment of cheesy, and on purpose.  Billy Mack repeated bashes his own song with glee throughout the entire film.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Angels We Have Heard On High by Pentatonix



Heard this group yesterday on the Elvis Duran Show.  I was pretty impressed.  I love acapella. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Over the weekend I got to attend my very first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  For those who have never heard of one before, the title pretty much says it all.  The dress code it is ugliest, tackiest Christmas sweater you can find.  I didn't get as many pictures as I had hope because I had too much fun once the party got in full swing.  Most of the men wore sweaters and vests that were actually meant for women.  One guy was even in a night gown of sorts. 

What kind of Christmas/holiday parties have you been attending?

Me on the left.  You can't see too well, but my sweater is an arctic seals scene.

The host and hostess.


They had an amazing spread, which included carnivore and vegan options.

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Step Into Christmas by Elton John



This is one of those old classics, even though it is only a couple of decades old.  Step Into Christmas is also one of the few Christmas hits that I can never find a cover of.  No one touches it and I have no idea why.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Sleigh Ride by Fun



Holidays Rule is a fun, modern Christmas album with some interesting covers of the holiday classics.  One of my more favorite covers is Fun's rendition of Sleigh Ride.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue



Santa Baby, like most Christmas songs, has been preformed by countless numbers of singers.  My personal favorite is Kylie Minogue's cover of the song.

Monday, December 9, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey



I bought Mariah Carey's first Christmas album when I was pretty young.  It is a pretty good album if you also enjoy religious Christmas music. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen



In the 1960's there were two guys who formed a band called The Royal Guardsmen in Florida.  They recorded a couple songs at the Charles Fuller Productions studio in Tampa, Florida.  All the songs had one thing in common, Snoopy.  Yes, the black and white dog owned by Charlie Brown.  Their big hit was called Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.  If you ever watched a Peanuts cartoon, then you probably get the reference.  One of the follow up songs was Snoopy's Christmas, which is a Christmas song about Snoopy and the Red Baron.  I literally have no clue how/why Snoopy inspired such a weird song, but I loved it as a kid.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney and Wings



My mom is a HUGE Beatles fanatic, with Paul being her favorite.  Her love for the Beatles is so big that it extends to each member's works after the split.  Because of this, I was exposed to a lot of Wings as well.  I'm not nearly as familiar with their work, but I always loved Wonderful Christmas Time.  To me, the song perfectly conveys the warmth of this time of year.

Friday, December 6, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Do They Know It's Christmas



Band Aid is a bunch of British performers singing a Christmas song for charity.  My favorite part is that Phil Collins in on drums, but you would never know if you didn't see the video.  Most of these guys look so different than they do now that I can't even recognize the anymore.  The 80's was too long ago, sadly.  The song was remade decades later by Band Aid 20.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: All I Need is Love by CeeLo Green (Featuring The Muppets)



This Christmas the collaboration between CeeLo Green and the Muppets turns a year old.  This song fuses Mah Nà Mah Nà, a song very familiar to Muppet fans, with the chorus to make a very interesting choice.  The song itself is catchy enough, but the music video really sells it.  I especially love how natural CeeLo appears with the Muppets.  Keep your eye out for Santa and his dance moves.  I let PenPen watch the video and she was pretty captivated. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Green Christmas by Barenaked Ladies



If you listen to the lyrics of Green Christmas you will find it to be a very bah humbug kind of song.  It has the opposite effect on me, which I assume is the purpose of the song.  This song is on my short list for awesome holiday music.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Here Comes Santa Claus/Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Jessica Simpson



There are a lot of artists/singers who I rarely give a second thought normally, but I am far more open when it comes to holiday music.  Jessica Simpson is a good example of this.  While I don't listen to any of her regular music, I do enjoy a few of the songs on her holiday album.  Her mash up of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Here Comes Santa Claus is my favorite.  It is very upbeat and fun.  I let PenPen listen to it a couple nights ago and she began dancing, well bopping up and down like a baby. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Mr. Heatmiser by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy



I have no idea how old The Year Without a Santa Claus is, but I do know the most enjoyable part is when Heatmiser and Coldmiser sing.  Their song made the popular enough that they got a spin off movie some time in the last decade, though I never watched it.  I was pretty excited when I first found out that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy did a cover of the song.  I think they did a really good job.  What is your favorite song from a Christmas special?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Specials Review: Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular


Awkward.  That is how I would best describe the Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular.  The hour and a half holiday special was mostly Lady Gaga promoting her new album, while the Muppets tried to help fill in some of the gaps for time.  The whole thing just felt very incoherent.  Kristen Bell was the only non musical special guest, who was just hanging out back stage for some reason.  The duet with Elton John was very touching.  Despite the fact that I personally think the duet should have been a holiday song or one off her album, it was one of the more down to earth moments.  The duet with Joseph Gordon-Levitt left me a little confused.  They sang Baby It's Cold Outside perfectly, until she had a small flub.  I don't believe any of the performances were live, which is why I can't understand why they left it in.  I think the theme was suppose to be a throw back to old variety shows and The Muppet Show, but with no live audience and no real skits it was more of a musical show case.

I know I am downing on this special, but the concept done right could have been so much better.  I get that ABC (aka Disney) probably wants to be careful with the Muppets and any adult setting, but playing it safe doesn't always work.  The Muppet Show back in the day walked a fine line and did it well.  They should have used the late time slot to their advantage and made the special for an older crowd.  After all, your main star is Lady Gaga.  They should have had a few more guests, less Artpop songs (2 max), more holiday-esque music, and actual skits.  Did you see Lady Gaga on SNL?  She can hold her own on a variety/improv show.  Maybe she will try again next year and won't have an album's promotion that will get in the way.

I don't hate you Lady Gaga, I just know you are capable of awesomeness.

25 Days of Christmas Tunes: Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga



This month I will be skipping Name That Tune Tuesday.  Instead I will be preparing for Christmas by sharing different Christmas music that I love.  Yay!  The first song is Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga.  I will warn you now that if you don't like Lady Gaga, then you should probably move along for the time being.  Christmas Tree has very little to do with Christmas, it just uses Christmas words to make silly innuendos.  I like the song because it is silly, fun, and everything you come to expect from Lady Gaga.  There is no official music video, so I found one made with the Sims from Sims 2.  Enjoy!