Why not welcome 2023 with 2022’s last dance?
DJ Discocat – Donna Summer – Last Dance – 1978 Disco Purrfection Mix 12/31/2022
Happy New Year Y’all!
A tradition that will continue is the playing of this tune to welcome Christmas into my home.
May yours be filled with peace, love and joy.
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here – 1965
…and in case you want to know a little more about this tune as well as the show from which it came:
Santa has left the North Pole and is on his way. Remember that you still need to be good today too.
Oh and don’t forget to leave some cookies out!
If you want to know where he is just click HERE for Santa’s location
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – Live – 1978
One of Fearsome’s favorite tunes Kurstin & Grohl have given us for night six.
This Hanukkah rocks!
Kurstin x Grohl – Featuring Karen O – Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover – 2022
The clips of this show are too numerous and all fabulous. Therefore this year I’m posting the entire show including the vintage 1963 commercials. Enjoy!
Judy Garland – The Judy Garland Christmas Show (including commercials) – 1963
As featured here on FearsomeBeard on night one, Kurstin x Grohl are posting nightly to YouTube for Hanukkah. Tonight’s post features Violet Grohl and it took my breath away.
Then I read the comments.
Janis Ian who wrote and performed tonight’s piece was the top comment. She thanks them both for so beautifully performing her song and let’s them know how they are helping her in her own journey. I’m still grabbing tissues as I write this.
Kurstin x Grohl featuring Violet Grohl – At Seventeen – Janis Ian Cover – 2022
Janis’ original version is a big part of my childhood soundtrack. I feel the need to post it as well. The little boy in me adores it.
Janus Ian – At Seventeen – 1975
Thank you Greg, Dave & Violet for this beautiful night four performance. Thank you Janis for this song, this beautiful song.
May Bette brighten your shortest day of the year! Happy Yule y’all!
Bette Midler – Cool Yule – 2006
I don’t know about you, but a nice tropical island and some Ella Fitzgerald sure sounds appealing right now!
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island – 1960
I have no words. I just hope.
Lizzo – Someday At Christmas – SNL – 2022
I discovered these last year. For any Foo Fighters fan this is all the Hanukkah presents we need.
Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin – Spinning Wheel – Blood Sweat and Tears cover – The Hanukkah Sessions 2022
It all starts at sundown this evening. Depending on where you are reading this, it may have already begun.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, may yours be joyful and bring you peace. To me, as a Goy myself, the holiday represents perseverance, miracles, light and freedom. I therefore I celebrate it in my own Goyish way.
Six13 – Bohemian Chanukah – 2018
Tony Bennett just has that perfect timing and inflection for this holiday tune.
Tony Bennett – Silver Bells – 2008
Just in time for the upcoming weekend parties we here at FearsomeBeard wish to help you get ready. In case you are planning surprise your hosts by making an appearance as Santa we found this video most helpful. Well helpful if you aren’t already bearded, but who wants to sweat the little details during the holidays.
Check out Trixie with the incredible make up skills of her Ex, yes her Ex, transform her into Santa!
Trixie Mattel and Kyle Krueger – Trixie Transforms into Santa Clause – 2020
Needless to say that storm we had has made it’s way all the way across the US. From what I hear many are experiencing cold rain, ice and snow. So in keeping with yesterday’s theme, today we will let Louis set the mood.
Louis Armstrong – Winter Wonderland – Circa 1952
After that huge winter storm passed though California the past two days it’s left us with cold weather. It was 40 degrees F here in lovely San Diego this morning with a high of only 59. Therefore this little Judy Garland number seems not only seasonal but very appropriate.
Judy Garland – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Circa 1963
Originally released in 1983, Paul McCartney has re-released a remastered Pipes of Peace. While it’s timely for the season, it is always timely for our world. May we find peace not only for ourselves, but for the children and our planet.
Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace – 1983 (remastered 2022)
It’s funny as while I’ve never cared that much for this song, I’ve always found the tune catchy and fun. Leave it to one of my favorite bands to take the tune to a whole new level. I love this!
The Surfrajettes – All I Want For Christmas Is You – 2022
Yesterday that Claymation Carol of the Bells video popped into my YouTube feed and since it gave me a giggle I shared it. This morning I took it a step further and did a little Carol of the Bells research and learned that it was originally written by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych.
I then discovered that this year marks the debut performance of Carol of the Bells in the United States some 100 years ago. To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of its debut here and to raise money to benefit Ukraine a live performance just recently took place at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Here is the MSNBC report I stumbled upon:
I ended up needing a tissue to get through that report. Then I found this report from NBC Nightly News:
I needed another tissue.
From it I was inspired to find the actual Carnegie Hall performance. It was strange that in todays world of technology I could only find poor quality posts of it on YouTube, but persist I did and finally found this, it is superb.
Shchedryk (aka Carol of the Bells) at notes from Ukraine in Carnegie Hall – December 4,2022
What I have also found is that the song has roots in pre-Christian folk chants and a traditional folk tale that a swallow flies into a home to bring news of the arrival of a bountiful and prosperous New Year. As I type this into my iPad, I shed tears in the hope that 2023 will bring a new year to all of the people of Ukraine that brings not only peace but health and prosperity.
The Ukrainians – Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells) – 2017
Long Live Ukraine!
Humor is healing to the soul.
Claymation Christmas – Carol of the Bells
May a smile be yours.