Sunday, March 29, 2020

Music for Troubled Times

Let's face it--life sucks right now. It feels like we're living in a disaster movie, and we can't change the channel. I hope everyone is heeding the advice of experts and authorities, taking care of themselves, and (virtually) connecting with their loved ones for support.

To aid us at this scary time, many musicians have been posting videos of intimate, impromptu performances from their own homes and studios. Here is just a small sample of them.

Norah Jones performing a cover of Guns 'N' Roses' "Patience."

Neil Diamond performs a "clean" version of "Sweet Caroline."

Brian Wilson plays "Love and Mercy" and "In My Room."

Paul Simon, "American Tune."

John Fogerty, "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Long As I Can See The Light."

Even "Weird Al" Yankovic joins in for a well-done performance of "Classical Gas."

I hope these performances give you at least a few minutes of peace in all this chaos. Stay safe, stay inside, and pray for the day when we can meet each other in person again.

God bless you.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Camden Catholic High School Virtual Choir, "I Am With You Always"

In these crazy times when we are all shut in, we do our best to overcome obstacles to coming together. My daughter's high school choir of which she is a member has done just that. She is the first person in the third row.

Please enjoy the Camden Catholic High School Virtual Choir performing the gospel song "I Am With You Always."

Stay safe!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Muppet Babies, "My Muppet Valentine"

Happy Valentine's Day!

I come back from a much too long hiatus to bring you a Valentine's Day episode of the beloved 80s Saturday morning cartoon Muppet Babies. The Babies share with each other their ideas for a great Valentine's Day. Cute lil' hilarity ensues.

Enjoy! I hope you don't mind the first five minutes, which are ads for other Muppet-related videos. Maybe you'll want to seek them out!

Also, last year I was a guest on the Advent Calendar House podcast with host Mike Westfall and guest Joey O, discussing the Muppet Show pilot The Muppets Valentine's Show from 1974. You can listen to the podcast here.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Here Comes Garfield (1982)

Welcome back everyone! I hope your holiday season was a great one! Mine was good, if a bit rushed, with the late start and too many non-related activities getting in the way, but even a less than stellar holiday season is better than no season at all.

But enough of that; we have a whole new year ahead of us. New opportunities, new challenges, and new resolve to take life on. Let's do it!

My first new article of the year features someone who does just that--in his own lazy, selfish way. Today I present the TV special Here Comes Garfield, the first animated special for the famous fat cat. Debuting October 25, 1982, the special finds Garfield unwittingly getting Odie captured by the local dog catcher, leading Garfield to break him out and get him home. It's interesting to see him actually care about Odie, whom he usually tortures, showing his true affections for the slow-witted canine.

Although nearly forgotten now, this special paved the way for his other specials, most notably his beloved Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials. It all started here.

Enjoy! Stay tuned all year long!


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