President Biden has hit the road and he’s a rollin’.
Let’s keep the steam pumpin with not one, not two but three wonderful versions of a Fearsome favorite, Proud Mary.
Broken Peach – Proud Mary – 2017
Tina Turner – Proud Mary – 2009 (49 years after she first charted a tune in 1960 and 38 years after she & Ike made their cover of this tune famous, she is 70 years old in this performance.)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary – 1969
Keep on rollin’ Joe. You are doing a good man’s work and we support you.
I’ve been saving this famous clip of Judy & Barbra just for today.
Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand – Happy Days Are Here Again / Come On Get Happy – 1963
Congratulations President Biden and Vice President Harris. Thank you for your service to our country. The world breathes a sigh of relief.
Emotional doesn’t even start to describe my feelings. My feelings are appropriate.
I think I’ll just let myself feel the emotions as these tears of joy still stream down my cheeks as they have off and on all day today.
Filled with hope I tuck myself into bed tonight, for tomorrow will finally arrive when I awake.
It’s been a long cold lonely winter. Thank all of you for sticking with me through it, I couldn’t have done it without you.
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun – 1969
I awake this morning filled with hope. A hope that has me shedding tears of joy. A joy that comes as a weight that has been hard to bear is being lifted. I’m finding it hard to express the depth of this hope.
The hope that I feel comes from my belief that inherently humankind is actually kind at it’s heart. While I recognize the faults, folly and imperfections of us, I see that kindness, love and understanding prevail over time.
I believe in sharing, promoting and focusing on the good. I believe this because I value that you get what you focus on the most.
There is a lightness to my shoulders this morning. There is an easier feeling than what I’ve felt in the past 4 years. My angst is receding. A feeling of relief, calm and serenity is coming over me.
There’s a kind of Hush – Herman’s Hermits – 1967
This tune is one I enjoyed as a child. It’s a tune that takes me to a simpler place. It brings me joy today.
This is a monumental week for me as a liberal left leaning democrat. I must remember to be careful, careful of my expectations. Utopia cannot happen at once but must be built. Patience and an open mind will benefit me as we move forward.
I am ready to lay this burden of angst down and lift my wings and fly. However I will remember that I do reap what I sow.
Annie Lennox – Little Bird – 1992
Big Beard music actually.
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man – 1983
Ahh, the music of my carefree youth. Right now I need the solace ‘cause the news is crazy town. I’m counting the minutes to 01/20/2021.
The news cycle is important to keep up with. However for my mental health I must take a break for diversion, fun and some eye candy.
Broken Peach is my answer this morning.
Broken Peach – Take On Me – 2021
Well it’s 2021. We are still here.
There is a light at the end of this here tunnel and on this here blog thingy we hope to inspire in the coming year. It is time we got back to our roots, took stock of what we have and commenced to grow into what we wish to become.
Fearsome is still growing, I desire to follow his lead.
John Lennon has always been a leader who inspires me, so I’m handing it to him to kick us off on this very New Year’s Day 2021.
John Lennon / The Plastic Ono Band – Instant Karma! ( We All Shine On ) – 1970
Ella is simply perfection.
Therefore I’m going to let her serenade in my 2021. Relaxing at home with my better half and my pups, that’s what I’m doing this New Years Eve.
Fearsome and I wish all of you happiness, health, joy, prosperity, love and magic in the year 2021.
Ella Fitzgerald – What Are You Doing New Years Eve – 1960
The little boy within the Beard that is Fearsome loves A Charlie Brown Christmas. Therefore we continue the tradition of our yearly Christmas Eve post.
Peace and goodwill toward all.
May the light, love, peace, happiness and joy that is the spirit of which our winter holidays are intended be yours.
When settling down for a quiet holiday evening, no one does it better than Nat King Cole.
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – 1961
We here at Fearsome Beard love our Drag Queens, and Manila Luzon never lets us down. She simply outdoes herself with her sickening version of Slay Bells!
Manila Luzon – Slay Bells – 2015
Damn she’s beautiful!
That highly anticipated week is here and that means it’s time to have fun. So let’s get this week into high gear and get our tush in motion!
Si Cranston – A Christmas Twist – 2015
It’s a beautiful winter solstice evening here in San Diego California. We’ve just returned from a 4.7 mile walk as the sun set over the Pacific ocean to our west for its final time before our earth begins its tilt northward marking the beginning of winter. Today was a stunningly beautiful 75 degree F day here with crystal blue skies, warm but with a refreshing nip in the air. Simply the optimum Southern California winters’s day, kind of a cordial welcome to longer days that are on the horizon as we march toward spring.
Moments after arriving home we found this a cappella recording of Veni Veni Emmanuel. It’s simple yet refreshingly stunning. We found it an appropriate to welcome winter.
The Gesualdo Six – Veni Veni Emmanuel – 2014
Happy Winter Solstice…
May peace be with you.
Long time Fearsome Beard readers pretty much expect this one to pop up somewhere in the Fearsome holiday play list. It’s a tradition as well as a favorite!
Take it away Gayla!
Gayla Peevey – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – 1953
Dolly has been a guiding light throughout my life.
I still vividly remember the very first time I heard her sing Jolene through the speaker of the AM radio of my mother’s white 1967 Buick Electra 225 as we drove through the back county of Tennessee late at night on the way to my uncle’s house in Missouri. I also remember being at my friend Melissa’s house when she played Dolly’s new 45 of Two Doors Down as we danced to it in the living room of her mother’s small apartment, as well as hearing Dolly and Kenny Rogers sing Islands In The Stream while running the cash register at my very first “real” job at the corner convenience mart gas station.
I consider her a blessing to not only my life, but to our society as a whole. She’s a kind and giving soul. May her message of hope light up your holidays as it is lighting up mine.
Dolly Parton – I Still Believe – 2020
I still believe in Dolly Parton.
No one sings it better than Ella!
Take a moment and enjoy that fire delightful.
Ella Fitzgerald – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow! – 1960
…you’ll look angels in the eye and they will sing back up for you!
This one is a Fearsome Beard Staple. We post it yearly.
B.D. Wong – Wishing You A Drag Queen Christmas – 1993
I was introduced to Mahalia Jackson by a previous lover. He adored her. I found her very talented, yet very campy. Her voice is amazing, her timing perfection and her style classic high church drama.
Even though I prefer more contemporary mid century holiday classics and am not too keen on the christiany carols, I can listen to her every year and her CD is a staple in my Xmas playlist.
So we present to you our favorite of her repertoire, Sweet Little Jesus Boy.
Mahalia Jackson – Sweet Little Jesus Boy – 1962
Get a load of that organ accompaniment, pure perfection.
This tune kind of speaks for itself. No further explanation needed.
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa – 1968