The Fifth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! — December 18, 2011
Official sign-up begins on Thanksgiving Day.
When we arrived at Madison Square Garden, we discovered that we were sitting behind a mother and her ten year old daughter. I found this odd. Sure, I was only fourteen years old when I saw KISS in concert, but I didn’t go with MY PARENT. I even remember concert-going as a rather risky experience. I recall a fist-fight in the bathroom, and I can still smell the fragrant scent of marijuana in my hair.
Who brings a ten year old girl to a rock concert?
The opening act was a band called Neon Trees. The ten year old girl was jumping up and down, as if on a trampoline at a church fair. And then the lead singer, Tyler Glenn, began to sing their hit song, Animal. Suddenly, she stood silently, mesmerized, mouthing the lyrics. This was her Elvis, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen moment.
After the opening act, the mother of the girl offered us their seats.
“You mean you’re leaving?” I asked.
“We just came to hear that one song. My daughter is obsessed with Tyler Glenn.”
“That’s great,” I said, not wanting to admit that I hadn’t even heard of Neon Trees or Tyler Glenn until I walked into the Garden a half hour earlier.
After they left, we talked about how Manhattan parents spoil their kids, willing to pay $200 in tickets so their daughters can hear their favorite song, live in concert.
But hey, what the hell. I bet that little girl will remember this moment for a long long time. Perhaps she will even come back to the Garden in 25 years as a grown woman for the Neon Trees reunion, eager to relive her first concert experience. There were plenty of women in their late thirties and early forties at this concert, reliving times past, wearing tight jeans and dancing in the aisles, their arms in the air, their asses gyrating, as if drawing imaginary figure eights. It was pretty sexy.
Duran Duran was fantastic in concert. And I’m not saying that because I got free tickets through #duransocial and promised that I would write this post. The popular UK band was not my favorite band of the 1980’s. They were pop pretty boys. But now that frontman Simon Le Bon, John and Stephen Taylor, and Nick Rhodes are all middle-aged men, their old MTV-driven songs having gained in maturity. I like them more now than then.
At Tuesday’s concert, they rocked Madison Square Gardnen, and I surprised by how good they sounded, especially Le Bon’s voice. Duran Duran played a few tracks from their new album, “All You Need is Now,” but was generous in bathing their fans in the warm glow of nostaliga. They played all their hits that you probably have heard many times in karaoke bars around the world — songs such as Notorious, Hungry Like the Wolf, and The Reflex.
They also played my personal favorite.
What is it about music that creates such a personal connection in the listener? Is it that our heart beat and our blood flows, and this mimics the rhythm and melody? Does music grasp at our memories, holding it down from forgetfulness, like clothes-pinned laundry on a backyard clothesline?
One changing sign of the times was the Twitter hashtag #DD (Duran Duran) displayed on the side of the stage, and the ENCOURAGEMENT of our texting and taking photos during the show. At one point, John Taylor, who himself is a big user of Twitter, grabbed the mike and announced that because of us “Duran Duran was trending on Twitter in New York.”
Everything now is social media. I miss the smell of the marijuana.
A movie version of my “Jersey Boys” post from December, starring me and my mother.
banner by the super-talented Brenda of Secret Agent Josephine
Welcome to the biggest blogger holiday concert on the internet!
performed by Mishelle of Secret Agent Mama
Angels We Have Heard on High
performed by Angela of Fluid Pudding
photo by Heather of kinder. better. braver
performed by Faiqa of Native Born
O Holy Night
performed by Shawn of Backpacking Dad
photo by Danny of Jew Eat Yet
performed by Mommymae and her family
photo by Trey Ratcliff
performed by Karen of Chookooloonks
performed by Fadra of All Things Fadra
photo by Schmutzie
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by Pam of Nerd’s Eye View and Care
Happy Xmas: War is Over
performed by Nova of Ramona and her Mother and Brian
Got Tell it On the Mountain
performed by Bon of Crib Chronicles and family
photo by SoulChristmas
Tutira Mai Nga Iwi (from New Zealand)
performed by Juli of Wellington Road and “Five”
photo from Germany by Martin of Deutschland Uber Elvis
Angels We Have Hear On High
performed by Sarah of Sarah and the Goon Squad and Lesley
Where The River Meets The Sea
performed by Elly of BugginWorld and her brother
photo by Angela of Dutch Blitz
Tis the Season
performed by Momo of Momo Fali and family
photo by Devra of Parentopia
Holiday Blogger Song
performed by Mommy Niri
Jingle Bell Rock
performed by Tanis of Redneck Mommy and family
photo by Marisa of Apartment 2024
Christmas Time is Here
performed by Tracey Clark and family
In My Window
performed by Otir of Un jour a la fois
O Come Emmanuel
performed by Tiff of No Accent Yet
photo from London by Camille DeAngelis
Twas the Night Before Christmas
recited by Adam of Avitable
performed by Lauren of In The Pudding Club and Eloise
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
performed by Scott of Caveat Emptor
performed by Genevieve of Gen with a G
photo by Megan of An Acorn Dreaming
performed by Miss Sizzle of Sizzle Says
with Supple and Mr. Darcy
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
performed by Jess of Hope Bomb and family
photo by Jenny of The Bloggess
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by SubWow and friends
performed by Cecily of Uppercase Woman
photo by Veronica of Compost Studios
Jingle Bells (from Australia)
performed by Rachel of Sesame Ellis and family
O Holy Night
performed by Cindy of Shrewsbury Chorale
photo by Laurie of Crazy Aunt Purl
The Dreidel Song
performed by Haley and Cheaty Monkey of Cheaty Monkey
A Hippopotamus Christmas
performed by Heather of The Hopeful Elephant and family
Lefler Holidaytastic performed by Anna of Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder
photo by Nance of Dept. of Nance
performed by Loukia of Loulou’s Views
Happy Christmas (War is Over)
performed by Sarah of Imaginary Binky and family
God Rest You Wild Rooty
performed by Nicole of Ninja Mom
photo by Mommymae
Little Jack Frost
performed by Erin of Swonderland
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
performed by Kristen of Rage Against the Minivan
photo by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom
Good King Wenceslas
performed by Leah of A Girl and a Boy and Simon
Up On the Housetop
performed by Loralee of Loralees’s Looneytunes and Carolers
photo by Suzanne of Twenty Four at Heart
Round and Round (Like a Dreidel)
performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month
performed by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club
photo by Mishelle of Secret Agent Mama
You can also check out what has been done during the past concerts:
P.S. — Ticket prices to the concert were pretty cheap, so since you saved money, if you want to be generous, check out what caring bloggers are doing over at The Bloggess.
Welcome to the Fourth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!
Happy Holidays. May the power of music bring joy and healing, especially to those who need it.
Let’s hope that 2010 brings us all health, happiness, and the ability to write better than average blog posts.
Little Drummer Boy, sung by Danny from Jew Eat Yet (with family, including Charlie!)
Joy to The World played by Angela from Fluid Pudding
The Twelve Days of Christmas? sung? by Jenny from The Bloggess
Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” sung by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club
Winter Wonderland sung by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected (in Christmas sweater!)
Light Up The World by Mark from Psychotoddler with The Moshe Skier Band (available at iTunes and Amazon)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (New Jersey style, a bit NSFW) recited by Ellie from Buggin World
The Whoo Song sung by Loralee from Loralee’s Looneytunes and Carolers
Grandmother Got Run Over By a Reindeer sung by Tanis from The Redneck Mommy
The Christmas List presented by Kate from Sweet l Salty and her sons.
Deck the Halls sung by Alejna from Collecting Tokens
His Eye is On The Sparrow sung by Jenny from MommyMae
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer sung by Nancy from Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas and her daughter
Good King Wenceslas sung by Lauren from Merry Mishaps
Oh, Holy Night, sung by M from This New Place
Jingle Bells sung by Jess from Drowning in Kids and her son.
Jingle Bells sung by Mamikaze and family
Santa, I’m Your Girl sung by Marie and The Snake Charmers.
The Man with the Bag sung by Amy from Selfish Mom
Angels Are Smiling words, music, and sung by Fawn of Fawnahareo’s Place
I’m Happiest at Christmas by Noel Katz and sung by A Stage Kindly
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sung by Heath of Homo sarcasmus (and friends)
photo by Kyran from Notes to Self
photo by Jen from Jen Lee
photo by Bon from Crib Chronicles
photo by Linda Woods from Visual Chronicle
photo by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected
Photo by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom
photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love
photo by Angella from Dutch Blitz
photo by Aimee from Greeblemonkey
photo by Huckdoll from Eternally Huckdoll
photo by Jenny from MommyMae
photo by Maggie from Maggie Dammit
photo by Tara from Paris Parfait
photo by Otir from Un Jour a La Fois
photo by V-Grrrl from Compost Studios
photo by Laura from Blog Con Queso
photo by Tara from If Mom Says OK
photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love
We Wish You a Happy Holiday by ZoeyJane from Mommy is Moody and her daughter
And a special message of hope and love to Anissa, a fellow blogger.
“A “Bloggy” Santa Baby”
performed by Kristy of She Just Walks Around With It (via San Francisco)
“Grown Up Christmas List”
performed by Allison at Maple Mama (via Vermont)
performed by Redneck Mommy (via Alberta, Canada)
“The Little Drummer Boy”
performed by Abbersnail of Bright Yellow World and The Horse Whisperer (via San Francisco)
“Mary Did You Know”
performed by Gingersnaps (via Nashville)
“iPhone Ocarina Silent Night”
performed by Aimee of Greeblemonkey with Bryan and James (via Colorado)
performed by Sarah of Whoorl (via Southern California)
performed by Fancy of Fancy Schmancy (via Connecticut)
“Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas”
performed by Mr Lady (and family) of Whiskey in My Sippy Cup (via Canada)
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
performed by Sarah of Sarah and the Good Squad and Ian (via Washington D.C.)
“It’s a Very Penguin Christmas”
performed by Marie and Family of The Snake Charmers (via Texas)
performed by Loralee of Loralee’s Looney Tunes (via Salt Lake City)
photo by Metalia (via New York)
photo by MommaKnows (via Alberta, Canada)
photo by Margalit (via Greater Boston)
photo by Jamelah (via Michigan)
photo by Leesa of Piece of My Mind (via Montana)
Photo by Poppycedes (via New York)
photo by Catheroo (via San Francisco)
“It’s a Marshmallow World in the World in the Winter“/ “Merry Christmas Polka”
performed by Not Fainthearted (via Minneapolis)
photo by Secret Agent Josephine (via Southern California)
photo by Karlababble (via Texas)
photo by NoireBettie (via Los Angeles)
photo by Ali of Cheaper Than Therapy (via Toronto)
photo by Maggie Dammit (via Wisconsin)
“Merry Christmas, Darling”
performed by Laurel St. Clair (via St. Petersburg, Florida)
photo by Kim of 180/360 (via Las Vegas)
photo from Ry at Arts and Dafts (via New York)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
performed by Mommy Melee and kids (via Florida)
Photo by The Bloggess (via Texas)
photo by Kirida
David the Jewish Reindeer
Had a very Jewish nose
All of the other reindeer
Used to think of themselves as foes
David the Jewish Reindeer
Kvetched about his daily woes
He couldn’t get no p***y
Even from the reindeer hoes
Then one icy Christmas Eve
Santa screwed it up
Forgot about the holiday
Too much bourbon in his cup
David the Jewish Reindeer
Scratched and scratched his Jewish ‘fro
“Hey, I have the perfect idea.
Let’s put on a blogger show.”
Let’s make it for Jew and Gentile
Black and white, all one voice
So, when it’s time for lovin’
We’ll have a multi-cultural choice
Santa clapped and said, “That’s brilliant.”
Giving him a big wet kiss
If we can elect a black President
Why not have a reindeer with a bris?
All of the reindeer laughed now
Everywhere the bells did ring
Cause it was getting time now for
The Christmahanukwanzaakah Blogger Online Holiday Sing!
The 2008 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert will be on December 23, 2008.
It is simple. You record a song or video and email it to me before the concert day. Your kids can sing along with you, BUT you — the blogger — must sing along or play an instrument. We want to be impressed by YOU, not by the daughter you are forcing to take piano lessons against her will.
Poetry, story readings, and interpretative dance performances are also permitted.
Just so everyone doesn’t do the same Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa song, please sign up on the list below, stating your song, if you have decided on one. Of course, there will be duplicates, but let’s try not to have ten “Silent Nights.”
For those too wimpy to sing, please send me a favorite holiday photo so we can decorate the blog post that day.
Be of Good Cheer!
OK, enough promotional stuff for one weekend. Sorry about that. It’s part of the job.
Back to blogging tomorrow.
Asking you for your perception of me was a powerful exercise. It has enabled me to look at myself from an outsider’s perspective. And you know what —
Screw you! What the hell was I thinking?! Who wants to face the real person inside? I have been nagging myself all night.
Nagging Neil: “You thought you were writing all day, but in reality, you only worked for an hour and a half today.”
Me: “No, I worked all day.”
Nagging Neil: “No, if you were honest with yourself, you would see that you did a tiny bit of work, then went on Facebook, then ate lunch, then you did a little more work, and then you took a walk to buy a new toothbrush that you didn’t really need.”
Me: “You know, I don’t like knowing myself.”
Nagging Neil: “And then in your last post, you told everyone how much you loved to “hang out and bullshit with the guys.”
Me: “I do.”
Nagging Neil: “So, when Rob called last night and asked if you wanted to go for a cup of coffee, why did you say you were busy.”
Me: “I WAS busy.”
Nagging Neil: “Hmmm… busy doing something important?
Me: “I was doing “research.”
Nagging Neil: “Why don’t we both take a look at what you were doing on Twitter?”
VIA TWITTER — NEILOCHKA’S TIMELINE
“Watching videos on YouTube.”
“Any guys have this hair in the 1970’s? — from ELO video, Sweet Talking Woman. I love long hair!”
“80’s hair wasn’t as interesting. Even the mohawks.”
“If my hairline wasn’t receding, I would so wear my hair long like a 70’s rock band member.”
“Uh, only joking. I still have my hair.”
“And that’s not why I’m wearing that hat in the profile pic. I just saw that in a Seinfeld episode where George was wearing a hat and people thought it was cause he was bald. Really, I have hair.”
“I am totally nostalgic today on You Tube. Like some old guy reminiscing about Frank Sinatra.”
“Tears in my eyes remembering how “meaningful” Pink Floyd was. WTF.”
“I really liked that girl when I was 13 and we were listening to Pink Floyd.”
“Everyone was smoking pot. I didn’t inhale.”
“Bruce was really sexy when he pulled Courtney Cox from the audience.”
“I once spoke to Bruce Springsteen in an LA Gym. We were alone. Neil: “Using these dumbbells?” Bruce: “No, go ahead.””
“@VGrrrl — I also had bad taste also. I used to dance in my room to Hot Chocolate’s You Sexy Thing
“@VGrrrl — I was probably a little young for the lyrics of “You Sexy Thing” at the time… a very bad influence…”
“Hot Chocolate also did this video called “Girl Crazy.” Very interesting. Lyrics about meeting hot chicks. But the video seems completely gay-oriented.”
“Hot Chocolate also did Brother Louie. But like this version better by The Stories.”
“She was black as the night
Louie was whiter than white
Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar
Louie fell in love overnight”
“A question for black women: is it still appropriate nowadays for me to use the term “taste brown sugar?””
“@culturefx – Never called anyone brown sugar before, but I think it is 1 of those 1,000 things you’re supposed to do before u die.”
“Trying to come up with a cool sexy metaphor for white women like “brown sugar.” Cool Whip? Snow? Mayonnaise? Kosher Salt?”
“@Notsoblonde say “White Chocolate.””
“Best answer from @metalia — “Rice Krispy treat!””
Nagging Neil: “So, you were doing something important, huh?”
Do you remember two weeks ago I wrote about this “YouTube for Pornography?” My conclusion: I wasn’t very impressed with this site. Who wants to see those robotic men pounding away at the woman on the kitchen table? It’s also like watching some other guy’s slideshow of his trip to the Bahamas. It’s more interesting to HIM than me.
OK, I’ll admit it. I felt a little lonely tonight. Sunday nights are like that. What is a separated husband supposed to do?
I know this is probably sharing too much, even for a blog, but would you like to see something that REALLY turned me on? I mean A LOT. I mean I WANT this woman. NOW. I must have watched this 25 times in a row —
(Don’t worry, it is safe for work — but not for me)
(the song is from “Damn Yankees” a musical revival I saw today at City Center, but this rendition is NOTHING like the one in the show)