...Hello to you, too!
(Thanks for bringing this gem to our attention, Jasonized!)
And new (yay!) music continues to be created...
(Thanks for the find, Jasonized!)
Music is being made in Nashville...
Back in Nashville. Spent the day meeting with our label and management team to start planning 2016! pic.twitter.com/y1l9jciKZO— CASTRO The Band (@CastroTheBand) January 25, 2016
Today we had the pleasure of working with Charlie Peacock. We're huge fans...What an honor! pic.twitter.com/KlEfaehqlu— CASTRO The Band (@CastroTheBand) January 27, 2016
NOTE: If you are not familiar with the name Charlie Peacock, look him up. Yes, you should be impressed!
(Thanks for the heads-ups, ArtTeacher!)
Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King, Jr....
Video by MaccabeatsVideos and Naturally 7 Official
I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Video posted by LogistiKHD
Is everyone watching the final season of American Idol?
My daughter has learned that, in her own words, "everybody knows daddy because he was on American Idol" BUT she's never actually seen the show. This season we're going to watch together! So glad there's one last season for her to experience the show that daddy was on. On another note, today's episode has started with some incredible singers! This kid nailed Ed Sheeran!
(Of course, you have already seen these posts. Because you are already following Jason on Twitter and Instagram.)
10, 9, 8...
The wishes are good any time, though. Happy New Year!
"Auld Lang Syne," sung by Dougie MacLean, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, and others at the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow:
Video posted by Frazer McLean
Or at least it will be, tomorrow!
Video posted by Erie Alcantara
Why do I always feel the need to make excuses for bringing up a Barry Manilow song? In my youth, although I was a fan, I was known to say that Manilow had one fast song and one slow song, each with many titles--but it's not true. It's more, I think, that he sings in a deceptively stylized way; it sounds relaxed and not stylized at all, but it's still a strong enough style that the songs he sings sound more alike than different. (Not that he doesn't have a definite music writing style--he does--but there's also the fact that the songs that he DIDN'T write sound as much like Barry Manilow as the ones he did.)
Don't believe me? Try listening--really listening--to the same song sung by Lea Salonga:
Video by #LeaSalong
Beautiful, right? Very much like something you'd expect to find in a Broadway show or in an album of pop standards.
Hey, hey--the holidays are not yet over!
Video by TheBillie HolidayExperience
According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is "the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy tone because the singer instinctively knows the answer (you're probably busy)."
So let's undercut the melancholy with this sweet version sung by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:
Video by HelloGiggles/Zooey Deschanel
Maybe it's that they're clearly having so much fun, or maybe it's that it's a duet, but one way or another, that doesn't sound sad or wistful to me at all.
So, um, you know ... what ARE you doing? (We'll be right here.)
We are glad the Castro family is safe...
If you would like to offer further help, you can do so here, where the Lake Pointe Church has set up a page on their site for those who need help and those who wish to offer it.
This was the view from where I live last night. I was supposed to be spending the night home alone but I got a bad feeling and drove over to Jason & Mandy's right as the sirens began to go off. So thankful all my loved ones were safe but my heart is heavy for those who lost everything and for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones the day after Christmas. Sending my love and prayers ❤️ #prayforRowlett
A few days ago I filmed my hometown of Rowlett, TX...today I posted that vlog, not knowing that last night it would be destroyed by a tornado! My family is okay, but a lot of my high school friends have lost their childhood homes! Keep them in your prayers! To see what it looked like before the storm, click the link in my bio!
This fourth day of Christmas...wait, no, third...um...
Video by Randy of Straight No Chaser
Of course "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was not written by a Jewish songwriter, so far as we know--it's one of those songs whose creator is generally rendered as "Trad." (Possibly originally a French Trad.) But I hesitate to call it the "main" melody here, since there are so many other Trad.--and non-Trad.--bits in it. So ... erm ... It has the dreidel song in it, that's a Chanukah song, and Chanukah songs all qualify. Yeah, that could be it!
Ah, well, let's be honest: It's just here because it makes me laugh. Happy whichever day it is!