Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas To All

Yes, all the toys are opened, the roast beast has been carved and eaten, and it is hours before the Doctor Who Christmas Special comes on...please try hard to hang on to your holiday joy and leave the existential ennui to the people who do it best: French cats.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eight Nights of Chanukah: Those Were The Nights (of Chanukah)

This is the last night of Chanukah. It seems fitting, given recent events, to end with the Yeshivah Boys Choir.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Eight nights of Chanukah Music: Ocho Kandelikas

In times of great stress, we take refuge in ritual and routine.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Eight Nights of Chanukah: Happy Hanukkah

It wouldn't be Chanukah without Matisyahu and this song, in particular, is especially important as all proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. You have through December 16, so go to Matisyahu's website and donate. I really like the reggae feel and the outright romance of this song-it's a sexy love song as well as a song about belief.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Eight nights of Chanukah Music: If You're A Macabee, Then You're a Hammer

"Be a modern Macabee and stand tall and hammer a world of peace and justice for all."-Mark Novak

Yes, this does feel a little kitschy, like someone trying too hard to be cool and down with the kids, and may bring some flashbacks to Jim Belushi's White Rap. But it is cute and it is fun to have a song which gives the history of Chanukah and then ties the holiday to present day fights for social justice.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Eight Nights of Chanukah Music: I Saw Hannukah Harry Beat Up Santa

It wouldn't be a holiday if there weren't some extremely kitschy novelty songs floating around. I really never gave much thought to Hannukah Harry's relationship to Santa Claus. Had you asked me to think about it, I would have said they were both independent contractors who didn't really have much reason to interact except on those nights when their respective holidays overlapped. This song not only asserts that they are brothers, but that they both hang out at the North Pole.

Of course, Hannukah Harry isn't all that old a tradition. His first appearance was in December, 1989. Who would have thought a Saturday Night Live sketch would have such an enduring legacy? Clearly NBC did not as they don't have the full video available on their website. Which is sad because the idea that Hannukah Harry would deliver gifts while Santa is under the weather is pretty awesome and appropriate to the season, not to mention the full sketch is all about how, deep down, no matter who we worship or what we believe, we are all alike.

So, sure, Harry and Santa might engage in occasional sibling shenanigans, but in the end, they respect each other and want to live in a world where they both can coexist. It turns out, the North Pole is big enough for the both of them.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Eight Nights of Chanukah Music: Gelt Melts

"If goys can eat a chocolate bunny, why can't we eat chocolate money?"-The LeeVees

Get up and dance, it's a punk rock holiday song about chocolate!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Eight Nights of Chanukah Music: Latke Clan

I hadn't planned to do this again, mainly because I feared I would not find enough music. But here we are, the first night of Chanukah and, once again, The LeeVees have come through with a song that is so toe tappingly awesome that I had to share it. Because I am hopping up and down with a big smile on my face as I listen to this. And because we are latke fans!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We've Got To Break Up

This made me cry.

Even if this didn't happen to me, I know many couples who have found themselves in this exact situation. As someone outside the couple in question, I always want to scream, "You will give up the love of your life for this vague desire to procreate? Kids aren't all that! There are too many people on the planet as it is, go volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club or something!" to the person who wants kids and "One kid is not so bad, really, give it a try, you will totally love a kid that is your own!" to the person who doesn't. Because I believe in love and I hate to see people, even people I don't know, breaking up when they still love each other. But I also hate seeing people grow resentful because they compromised something for the person they loved and after years of saying that it wasn't so important, they find out it actually was. Sometimes love is not enough.