And who isn’t saying this right about now?

“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, sung by LeAnn Rimes

Video from leannrimesofficial

I have to say that while I never thought of it as a country song–it is, after all, from the Broadway musical Mame

(No, it is not from “Glee.” “Glee” did a very partial cover of it, but it was nonetheless written for and performed in Mame)

–it does seem to fit the genre. Still, no one sings it quite like the original Mame, Angela Lansbury, in the original cast album…

Video courtesy of CBEntr

…or ever after:

Video courtesy of James Christian Jr.

She just gets better and better, doesn’t she? No wonder that Jerry Herman famously coached her (secretly, of course, since that sort of thing is Not Done) before her audition!

(By the way, isn’t that line, “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now!” quaint? No surprise that more recent productions change that line to “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week from Thanksgiving Day now!”)

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CASTRO at the Hotel Café, continued

More bootleg, more new songs!

Crying Wolf:

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Bonus banter! (I’m not sure which song this comes before. All opinions welcome.)

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Good for You:

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Rock and Roll:

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And last, Jason soloing on “Hallelujah”:

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…Beautiful. That’s how it’s done, folks.

Many, many thanks, SnapCracklyPop, whoever you are!

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks […] for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.


Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress


(un)Official CastroCornuCopia


Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

Video by MusicCityRoots

*Yes, this is the same Thanksgiving Day post as last year (and the year before, and…you get the idea). This makes it a Copia TRADITION, up to and including this note, which is nothing at all like me being lazy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope this note finds you well! After taking some time off, I could not be more excited to share what I have been up to and want to take a moment and invite you to check out my newest musical endeavor, CASTRO The Band! Together with my brother and sister, we have begun writing for a new record that we will be releasing in 2016. As you can imagine, creating music with your family is a pretty special thing and I’m having so much fun! We had a photo shoot last week and are kicking off a small tour in and around TX that starts TONIGHT in Houston! I hope to see you all soon but until then, here is a self-produced music video of one of our original songs that we shot in our hometown – Dallas, TX. I hope you like!

Talk soon!

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