How about a Christmas-y movie or two?

Or at least some songs from…

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft:

Video courtesy of Leroux Louisiana

And then there’s “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears:

Video courtesy of Marius MC

Or, if you prefer (and if you’re here, you may just), an acoustic cover of the same by the Castro family:

Video by Michael Castro

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, right? Never fear…

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Kristin Chenoweth:

Video by Kristin Chenoweth

And sung by the Castro Brothers:

Video by Jason Castro


Also, since Chanukah is still ongoing (eighth night!)…”Light Up the Night” by the Ein Prat Fountainheads:

Video by einpratfountainheads

Celebration, FL

We have photos, recaps, and bootleg of Jason’s performance in Celebration’s “A Countdown to Christmas” concert on Saturday, thanks to Copians in da house, whee!

Here’s a photo…

Photo by SameCage

For more pix plus awesome recaps, check out our forums. (I promise, they don’t bite!)

And as for bootleg…

Over the Rainbow:

Video by almagetty

Silent Night:

Video by almagetty


Video by Carmen Friguls

That’s What I’m Here For:

Video by Carmen Friguls

Intro to Let’s Just Fall in Love Again:

Video by Carmen Friguls

You Are:

Video by Carmen Friguls

White Christmas:

Video by Carmen Friguls

Silent Night and Hallelujah:

Video by Carmen Friguls

Thanks for the photos, recap, and bootleg, SameCage, for the super-recap and bootleg, chichi, and the mini (so far)-recap, jblue! Also thanks to ArtTeacher and Jasonized, as always, for bringing goodies back from the wilds of the internet…


“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, sung by Colbie Caillat:

Video courtesy of Rita Spencer

Gettin’ there!

And so long as we’re traveling around (listen to video above to explain that) for the 6th night of Chanukah…

“Hanukkah in Santa Monica” by and sung by Tom Lehrer:

Video by PerplexedGuide

There’s a nice interview in Florida Today

Here’s a sample:

Q: If you could go back and do one thing over in your career, what would it be and why?

A: There really isn’t anything I would do different. It has been an incredible journey and a learning experience. When I went on “American Idol,” I had only been singing and playing guitar for one year, so I have learned a lot along the way. I learned how the business works, and I learned how to be creative. I think the best is yet to come.

There’s lot’s of good stuff in the piece, so go and take a look.


Thanks for the find, beckyvee!

I hope everyone is having a Very Good Day

It’s obligatory, even! After all

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle, sung by…um. I’m not actually sure. I think they call themselves A Cappella Collab, but that might be a project rather than the group. To be safe, then–the singers are Jean-Baptiste Craipeau, Simon Craipeau, Andrew Kesler, and Evan Sanders:

Video by JB Craipeau

(I think they did a nice job of de-treacle-ing the song, don’t you? But perhaps not quite as good a job as this one:


Also, because it is still Chanukah, have another traditional Chanukah song–“Al Hanisim,” melody by Dov Frimer, sung by the Amudai Shaish Boys Choir:

Video courtesy of sha1om

(I picked this version because I had that album! It’s such a perfect illustration of the word “dated”–have you even seen or heard anything more totally 1980?)

The annual Castro Family Christmas cover!

To quote Jason’s Twitter feed:

The annual Castro Family Christmas cover is up! We covered “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”! Share it…

(Seriously, why am I having to quote this for you? Follow Jason on Twitter already!)

Anyway, for the click averse, here you go:

The song doesn’t fit my theme, but the cover is truly lovely.

It’s the first night of Chanukah!

In honor of which–surprise!–two (count ’em, two!) Chanukah songs.

The first is the Maccabeats’ “Candlelight” (melody by Taio Cruz, new lyrics by David Block and Immanuel Shalev):

Video by Uri Westrich

And in case you were wondering about the lyrics in “Candlelight” that run,

We say ma’oz tzur
Oh, yeah, for all eight nights,

that is the second song, a very traditional (probably written in the 13th century–that’s a long tradition!) Chanukah song.

“Ma’oz Tzur,” sung by students of Technion:

Video by Technion.