Saturday Night Serenade–It’s the Holiday Season

I LOVE the Christmas season!   The tree is up and we’re all decorated here at Chez R.  I confess, our shopping isn’t finished yet, but it will be soon.  But I’m thrilled  for the holiday season.  November was brutal–bring on the Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men!

I’m also excited about all the great music.  I’ve had this Andy Williams holiday classic stuck in my head for days.

“…so hoop-de-do, and dickory dock, and don’t forget to hang up your sock…”  It’s infectious.  It just makes me happy, so I hope you enjoy this tour of Christmastime Manhattan while Andy Williams sings.

There are so many great songs, it’s hard to choose.  I had to add this old standard with a Pentatonix twist.  I promise, it won’t be the last of their songs for the month of December.

I hope you’re with those you love tonight, all warm and safe.  Be sure to give them a hug.  Happy Saturday night!

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Saturday Night Serenade–We Need a Little Christmas

Happy last Saturday of November!
If you’re in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Here at Chez R, we had a nice, peaceful day, with a delicious meal for which we were truly thankful.

Have you ever felt like you need a little Christmas?
We live in Palm Beach County, and we just survived a nasty, contentious election season that ended with the recount from Hell.  Ultimately, I stopped caring about who won or lost.  Just get the friggin’ thing over with, and let’s get on with our lives.

Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of the fact that we’re all on the same side.  We all love our country, and we believe in liberty and justice for all.  We all love our families, and we want to leave behind us a world that’s better than the one into which we were born.  It’s beyond disheartening to see everything turned into Us vs Them.

To be honest, I was ready to decorate for Christmas back in September.  I just wanted a little something to lift the spirits, to distract from the angry, spiteful, false, fear-based rhetoric lambasting us from all sides.

But this holiday weekend, Mr. R and I finally dragged in all the boxes from the garage and set up the tree.  He decorated the fireplace (since it’s still in the 80s, we won’t be needing it anytime soon), and we have a start on the outside lights.  Because we need a little Christmas now.

This version of the holiday classic is from the 1974 movie Mame, and it features the divine Lucille Ball.  If you need a little Christmas like I do, this should be just the thing.

I’ll leave you with a photo of our finished tree.  Normally there’s a cat curled up beneath it, but she must have wandered off.  It’s covered with ornaments we’ve gathered over the years, and things the kids made somewhere along the line.  Those are the most special decorations, now that they’re grown and out on their own.

I hope you’re still enjoying this long holiday weekend.  Be sure to hug the ones you love.

Happy Saturday night!

 

 

Saturday Night Serenade–Cold November

Cold weather arrived here in the US this week, didn’t it?  I think a lot of places skipped fall and went straight to winter.

Even here in south Florida, we went from the high 80s to lows in the low 50s.  I had to put on socks, people.  Shit got serious, LOL!

Tonight’s song is one I haven’t been able to get out of my mind.  I suppose it works for Cold November Snow, too.

All joking aside, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of California whose homes and neighborhoods are being devastated by wildfires.  Last time I heard, there were 600 people still unaccounted for.

600.  It boggles the mind.

So if you’re a praying person, be sure to send up a few words for the missing and for those left behind.  And for the firefighters, who run in when the rest of us run out.  May they be kept safe.

And if you’re in the position to do so, maybe consider donating to the Red Cross Wildfire Relief effort.

In the meantime, stay warm.  Huddle up with those you love and be sure to hug them tight.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Lazy November Evening

It’s HOT here today in south Florida.  Here it is, November, and the temps were in the high 80s today.  Which doesn’t feel at all like November.  A couple of weeks ago, it was cool enough one night to have a fire in the fireplace.

That’s what I’m in the mood for tonight.  A cozy fire, a nice glass of wine, and Norah Jones playing in the background.  Maybe we’ll do that anyway, minus the fire as the AC keeps the heat at bay.

How are you this fine evening?  Is the weather where you are more conducive to a nice fall night?

I hope you’re well.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–I Love the 80s

Is it just me?
I love the music of the 80s.

I saw a news report this week that talked about the fact that we all find a certain amount of comfort in nostalgia, in looking back on times when we felt happy and safe.  With the mid-term elections this week, make of that what you want.

In my Facebook group, Pandora’s Passionista Paradise (if you’re not a member yet, why not?  Click to join!) we recently made an 80s ‘Mix Tape’ and someone posted Wild, Wild West by Escape Club.

OMG!  I loved this song back in the day.  I have no idea what it means, and I don’t care.  It’s a fun song from 1988 and it makes me happy.

I’m adding a second gem from 1988.  I love this song by R.E.M.  Again, I don’t know the deep meaning, I just love to sing along.

What would be on your 80s playlist?  Comment below with your favorites.

In the mean time, I hope you’re enjoying this first weekend of November.  We’re on the downhill slide to the holidays now.

Be sure to hug those you love.  Happy Saturday night!

 

Saturday Night Serenade–Trick or Treat!

Trick or treat, y’all!  How are you this fine evening?

We’re mere days away from Halloween, and tonight’s serenade is a DIY Halloween dance party.  How could we possibly celebrate Halloween without Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

If you’re old like me, you remember the hype leading up to the release of the full-length (over 13 minutes long) video on December 2, 1983.  Directed by accomplished film director John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London), it was MTV’s first world premiere video.

All I know is, when the thing finally aired, I was blown away.  The story line, the makeup effects, the dancing…  But maybe the spoken word performance by horror movie icon Vincent Price put it over the top.

And I’ve had Whodini’s Freaks Come Out at Night running through my head all month long.  I think it’s in the background of a television commercial, but it’s absolutely worth posting here.

But if you know me at all, you know I can’t pass up the opportunity to bring out the Backstreet Boys and Everybody.  Okay, I confess that boy bands are something of a guilty pleasure, but seriously, watch the dancing–I’d compare it to the ghoulish street parade from Thriller any time.

So what would be on your Halloween playlist?  I’d love it if you’d comment below.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween.  Hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Ah Ooooh!

I love the odd, quirky, slightly spooky Werewolves of London by the late, great Warren Zevon.  It’s from his 1978 album, Excitable Boy.  The song was produced by Jackson Browne, and  backing vocals on the original recording feature Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

To me, it’s a fun song, especially for a cool October evening.

I will also say that in my opinion, Kid Rock ripped off the iconic riff of this song in his All Summer Long, which is supposed to be a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama.  Nope, not buying it, it’s Werewolves of London all the way.  I won’t dignify it by posting it here, but you can look it up on YouTube.

But as long as we’re talking monsters…
How about a little Frankenstein?  It’s Edgar Winter’s instrumental classic from the 1972 album, They Only Come Out at Night.

I hope you’re enjoying this October weekend.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!