Happy Hanukkah

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

Santa Makeup Tutorial

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

In Support of Ukraine

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!

 

 

A Vivaldi Winter

For me good music will evoke feelings and emotions. This particular piece has always delighted me. This performance of it fulfills me.

Vivaldi – Winter (from The Four Seasons) – Performed by Jonathan Scott – Organ of Basilica de Santa Maria, Elche, Spain – 2017

A Collective December

This tune entered the soundtrack of my life in my early 30s. That era in one’s life when, for at least me, we are in a transition from young to mature that is just plain exhilarating. Fearsome has always rather enjoyed it.

Collective Soul – December – 1995

Would you mind?

Sharing the night together?

This blast from my past popped into my YouTube feed this morning. I can’t resist posting it right here. I hope y’all don’t mind. Damn the memories are good!
…Oh and his name was Reed, my first love.

Dr. Hook – Sharing The  Night Together – 1978

Be Yourself

This song was HOT back in my high school days.
From partying to it with my Gamma Nu Delta brothers at one of our high school fraternity parties, to cranking it out of a cassette jam box on the marching band bus on its way to a competition, this tune moved every tush in the place. We even cut a rug to it at our William Fleming High School prom that year. Cameo sure could turn out some good tunes.

Cameo – Be Yourself – 1982