Oh to be the whip cracker…

As a kid this tune, performed by the Boston Pops on dads stereo, meant Christmastime was fast approaching. Later in high school band practice, playing this tune meant it was only October as we had to prepare early. Both as a kid and a high schooler it was always a favorite. I do have to say that when actually performing in the high school band it was always a joy. It’s just plain fun.
Crack that whip!

The Boston Pops / John Williams – Sleigh Ride – Live

Upsot?

We’ve always adored Barbra Streisand’s incredible rendition of Jingle bells that she debuted on her 1967 Barbra Streisand | A Christmas Album. Over the years it’s been covered and lip synched by many. However we here at Fearsome Beard | The Blog Thingy, have decided that Babs Levine covers it the best of all with her fabulous lip synch re-creation.
Take it away Babs … and get us  …Upsot?

Babs Levine – (Barbra Streisand’s 1967) Jingle Bells – 2013

USAF Band WWII Holiday Flashback / Flashmob

The only surviving WWII vet that I know alive today is 95 years of age. His name is Harry and unfortunately he has recently been diagnosed with a terminal cancer. Very few of these veterans remain with us today. They truly remind us that good can and will overcome evil.

A few years ago the USAF band flash mobbed this fabulous holiday tribute to the heroes from that era commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. I’ve posted it before and it’s worth another view. This year I dedicate it to Harry.

Harry thank you for being the inspiration you are to me and to many others. I’m blessed to have you in my life.

USAF Band – WWII Holiday Flashback – Live 2015

I Beg Your Pardon

I never promised you a rose garden.

Lynn Anderson – ( I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden – Live performance 2011

🎵 So smile for a while and let’s be jolly, love shouldn’t be so melancholy, come on and enjoy the good times while we ca-a-a-aan 🎶

I’ve always rather enjoyed this tune from my childhood.

This is Halloween

Continuing Fearsome’s Halloween traditions, he has asked me to post the intro to one of his favorite flicks, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton – This is Halloween – 1993

Earlier this month we discovered Broken Peach and find their cover of this very tune quite fabulous. 

Broken Peach – This Is Halloween – 2015

We wish you a Happy Halloween!

The stuff of nightmares

Maybe it’s the travel, maybe it’s the stressful times, maybe it’s the virus, maybe it’s the Halloween season or maybe it’s the I don’t know what … but the dreams are vivid. Night before last it was a nightmare. 

A nightmare brings to mind one of my favorite tunes from a favorite band. Seasonally appropriate I think. 

Metallica – Enter Sandman – 1991