Thursday, December 21, 2023

Merry Christmas from the Philippines

From Manila:  Gigi De Lana channels Karen Carpenter

Bumped from last year...

In his lyrics, Frank Pooler uses Christmas as a verb: my dreams I'm Christmasing with you.  We don't see this use much today.  But I'm rather fond of it.  For instance:  This year, we'll be Christmasing in Vermont or We always Christmas in Vermont.  Surely that sounds like something Katharine Hepburn would say.  Anyway, today, Christmas Day (2022), the OED Word of the Day just happened to be the verb Christmas (Christmas, v. – see entry below).  Personally, I think they should add Pooler's lyrics as one of their sample quotations.  Certainly it is one of the most notable and enduring contemporary examples of this use.

Sadly, most modern dictionaries do not even include an entry for Christmas as a verb.  Not Merriam-Webster, not Cambridge, not Collins, not Macmillan.  And I'm not sure any of these ever included it.  The 1913 Webster's Unabridged Dictionary does not include it.  This is why there is the OED, and there is everything else.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Dave Loggins:  Please Come to Boston

My friend and blogging mentor, Craig Newmark, posted this to his blog yesterday.  I cannot resist reposting it here.  I'd prefer a live version.  But the sound on this is better than any live version I've found.  1974.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023


I hear the drums echoing tonight...

And don't forget this.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Two Brandies

Here's Josh Turner...

Now I do love Josh, but here is Big Head Todd & the Monsters killing it...


Monday, May 30, 2022


100 Bad Days (2019) Live

With the PS22 Chorus

No, I ain't scared of you no more.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Danny's Song


Sunday, May 1, 2022


Home is wherever I'm with you....


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ray Conniff:  La Mer

Three minutes of bliss


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Susanna Hoffs:  Manic Monday 2021

Perfection 30 years later...

Find an excellent full acoustic version from The Bangleshere.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Frank Sinatra:  My Way

We will now do the national anthem, but you need not rise.

For what is a man?
What has he got?
If not himself
Then he has not
To say the things
He truly feels
And not the words
Of one who kneels
Let the record show
I took the blows
And did it my way
Lyrics by Paul Anka

The problem, of course, is that for those of us who are not Frank Sinatra, my way is not always practical.  Sometimes it is unacceptable to others.  My way can lose you friends and family.  It can cost you business.  My way can be very lonely.

But the idea of it is appealing.  Something to strive for.