Category Archives: Christmas

Three Christmas Favourites For 2016

Hi folks. This post is my pre-Christmas post in this blog, about 3 of my favourite Christmas songs. The one thing they have in common is that they are not traditional Christmas carols and are original songs written by the artists. Something else they have in common is that they are not necessarily well known by the mainstream and only to the audience of the band and or radio format they are played on.
The first song on my list is Thank God It’s Christmas by Queen, which is written by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. This song was released in December 1984 at the end of The Works’s album cycle and it has appeared on a couple of Queen albums since. The most recent appearance is on the 2011 Deluxe version of The Works. I had performed it in 1992, with my best friend Bob Reid at our school and it went over well.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues is my second choice as one of my favourites. I had actually heard it for the first time, during Christmas 1995 and it didn’t really catch on with me, until some time in the last 7 years or so when I had heard it on more radio stations and recently read about the song on Wikipedia. It’s the second least known of my choices but I like it because of the dialog in the song and the fact that the woman refers to the man as “you scumbag you Magette, you cheap lousy faggot” probably referring to the man’s drunkenness.
My third choice and the least known for sure, of all three songs is x-M@$ by Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. It was release in 2010 as a Christmas single, with any money from sails going to charity. In the song, The protagonist is a man who hates Christmas and all that goes with it and would rather be drunk or stoned on this Yuletide holiday. There are even a few four letter words in the song and a clean version was also produced for radio and for people who would be offended.
To those who would expect a more traditional song from Corey, I say that it isn’t surprising that he wrote a song for those who hate Christmas and also, Corey plays music that is subversive and is not for the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s of the world. It’s for the younger croud of 50 and under who would get that the song is not a serious hatred of Christmas tune, from the singer. I’ve heard that Corey actually likes Christmas and I believe him. I’ve met him and despite him throwing people out of Slipknot shows and throwing water on people, who are texting during the concert, I have nothing bad to say about him. He was great to me and we had Tim Hortons coffee together and he had it black and I had a double-double.
I have other songs which I could have chosen but I will leave them for future Christmas posts. If you want to hear any of the three I have listed here, you can find all three on Youtube and I will leave that to you to look for them. Have a great Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017.

The Simpsons Christmas Part 2 For 2015

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Okay, this weeks post is actually part 3 of the Christmas 2015 posts and last weeks post was actually supposed to be part 2 of this years Simpsons Christmas posts. However, I had other things I felt needed to be said in it, thus the title of last weeks blog post. So, this is actually Part 3 of my Simpsons Christmas posts for 2015. This week it is all about the episode Holidays Of Future Passed because I like this episode and there are some things about it that are interesting to me that I want to share with you.

In this flashForward episode, the Simpson family are in the year 2041 and Bart is divorced from his wife Jenda, Who appeared in an earlier FlashForward episode Future Drama. Meanwhile, Lisa is finally married to Milhouse and he is dealing with his hay fever. So, Milhouse suggests taking her daughter Zia to see Homer and Marge, along with Bart taking his two boys to see them.

At some point Homer takes his grandsons out to see their great-grandfather, who is cryogenically frozen, Yet still alive. Zia escapes to the UltraNet to get away from her mother. Lisa complains about her daughter being rebellious, like her brother. She and Bart meet in the treehouse and talk about their problems with their children and find that they both need to try harder to be better parents. Bart also admits in a drunken state, that she is the person he always wanted to be.

Bart goes looking for his boies and Lisa goes into the UltraNet to find her daughter. When she finds her, Zia admits that she does look up to her mother and they reconcile. One Bart finds his boys with Homer he tells them he will be a better father to them and they also reconcile.

As for Maggie, she is in a successful band and in the late stages of pregnancy and on the way to the Simpsons house, she has contractions and is taken to the hospital by former bully Kearny. At the end of the episode she gives birth to a girl and does not speak a word throughout this episode.

That is only the basics of the episode and For more on the story and neet tidbits about the production, check out this link. http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Holidays_of_Future_Passed

I wish to point a couple things out that may not be obvious on the first watch or listen. Lisa’s daughter Zia is actually voice by Yeardley Smith, who also voices Lisa Simpson, herself. Another thing I should mention is that Yeardley subconsciously goes into her own speaking voice, which is not very different from her voice for Lisa. This is when Lisa talks with Bart and goes into the UltraNet to save her daughter. What clinched it for me was the line “Google… even though you’ve enslaved half the world, you’re still a damn fine search engine.” I immediately recognized her cadence, from an interview she did on Fox back in 2009, before recording Season 21. She was asked about being a connoisseur of cupcakes and she mentioned her favorite cupcake being a strawberry cupcake from Sprinkles. She also pointed out that strawberry cupcake is not her favorite. So for it to be her favorite “it has to be a damn fine cupcake.” If you can find this interview on YouTube like I did and then listen to the episode you know why it’s stuck with me. I found it back in the spring of 2013, a year and a half before I downloaded and purchased The episode from iTunes.

Like Yeardley Smith, I am also a big fan of cupcakes and my favorite is chocolate, no matter where it was made. I also love my donuts, muffins, coffee and or hot chocolate from my local Tim Hortons donut shop. If you don’t know about them, I suggest giving it a try and especially give their coffee and donuts a taste. I’m sure you will like them, along with their hot chocolate. Just Google Tim Hortons and I’m sure you can find a location near you, almost anywhere around the world. They are almost as ubiquitous as other donut shop franchises.

On the birthday front, Harry Shearer turns another year older on Wednesday. He of course voices characters such as: Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Principal Skinner, Otto Man, Kent Brockman and many other major and minor characters. Of course, you can check his radio show out on various apps such as TuneIn and Soundcloud. I am so glad he did not ultimately leave the voice cast because it would be difficult to replace his voice with others in various character rolls. Maybe you could replace Mr. Burns and maybe Ned Flanders with the right person but it wouldn’t be the same. So, I’m just happy that Harry has decided to stay on as a cast member.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Christmas Stories And Other Stuff

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. If you watched the latest episode Paths Of Glory and you are a fan of Ozzy Ozbourne, you noticed that they used Crazy Train. It was in the seen when Bart decided to be a psychopath, since Homer and Marge thought he was becoming one anyway. I noticed the original version wasn’t used and I wonder why? They used the version on the 2002 reissue of Blizzard Of Ozz with Mike Bordin on drums and Robert Trujillo on base, who is currently with Metallica. As opposed to the original with Lee Kerslake on drums and Bob Daisley on bass. Not that it’s a bad thing but I just notice these things and wanted to point it out to anyone who may not have caught it on the first watch and listen.

This week I’m going to talk about the episode Simpsons Christmas Stories and my favourite part of it. Okay, the first and third act are my faves, just to put it out there. The second act was alright but 1 and 3 are just lol funny and I’ll explain.

In the first act (The First DohEl) Homer delivers the sermon for Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders, who is supposed to be his replacement but he fainted after a Papercut. It was about how The virgin Mary and Joseph Learned that they were expecting the baby Jesus. In this case, Homer was Joseph and Marge was the Virgin Mary and Lisa was Gabriel. When they needed a room at the inn, Moe was the inn keeper. The three wise men were: principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert and Professor Frank who came bearing gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh, regifted by Professor Frink to the King of the Jews because “who needs myrrh? ” The two shepherds were Lenny and Carl and of course, Mr. Burns was King Herod. Oh, and Bart was the baby Jesus. If you know the real story you get the idea why characters were what they were and let’s not forget that Cheif Wiggum, Lew and Eddie were King Herod’s man. Let’s just say the sermon homer gave was successful.

Act III was basically focusing on the music of The Nutcracker and various character sang songs to the tune of some of the peaces, mostly about getting gifts for each other or forgetting to get them, in Homer’s case. If you really want to dig deep into the episode here is the link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons_Christmas_Stories

As for the first act, I like how The Simpsons make fun of such things as religion, in their own edgy yet respectful way. If you watch the episode it may seem a bit subversive to make fun of the birth of the baby Jesus but, they don’t mess with the story which is good. I think by them Simpsonizing it they make it more fun yet palatable to those who aren’t really into that sort of thing. That’s the main thing I appreciate about The Simpsons and refreshing to hear a comedic take on any type of religion and or religious stories.

On the birthday front, Singer Frank Sinatra would’ve turned 100 years old yesterday, had he lived today. Of course, we know that he died in 1988 at the age of 82 and some of his songs were used on The Simpsons. For example: the song witchcraft was used in the Season three episode BART the murderer, sung by Bart. His signature song New York New York was used at the end of the Season 9 episode The City Of New York Vs. Homer Simpson, sung by a soundalike. His son Frank Sinatra Junior is a good friend ofFamily Guy creator and Season 24 guest star Seth MacFarlane. Will the younger Sinatra or his daughter Nancy appear as guest starrs on The Simpsons one day? Well, it’s hard to say but I don’t close the door on any possibility and I’m still holding out the hope that Corey Taylor will guest star as himself or as a character.

Speaking of Corey, his birthday was on Tuesday, as well as the anniversaries of the murders of Dimebag Daryl and John Lennon. Had Lennon survived, I think maybe, just maybe he would have guest starred, along with his ex Beatles band mates. Oh, The Doors singer Jim Morrison would’ve turned 73 years old on Tuesday as well, had he lived or if he is still alive.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

The Sad Side Of Christmas

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. I’m certainly looking forward to the next episode Paths Of Glory tonight and wheather Sideshow Bob will show up or not. It was thought that he would be on it at first but now, I’m not so sure.

On a sad note, singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver passed away on Thursday, aged 48. I liked his work with both bands but unfortunately, I never had the chance to see them live. RIP Scott and my condolences to your family and friends. Thank you for all your great music over the years, whether it was with the bands I’ve mentioned or with your solo work and appearances on other peoples albums and movie soundtracks. For example: the one time band The magnificent Bastards have a couple songs: Mockingbird Girl and a cover of John Lennon’s How Do You Sleep? which both appeared on movie soundtracks and a John Lennon tribute album respectively.

This weeks post is on the episode I Won’t Be Home For Christmas, which aired on December 7th 2014. Basically, Homer gets home very late from Moe’s Tavern and Marge assumes that it was his idea to come home early the next day. She kicks him out of the house and he goes off looking for places which are opened but there aren’t a lot of options. He pays a visit to Apu and purchases some scratch and win tickets, of which none of them are winners.

At home, Lisa and Bart are wondering why Homer isn’t with them and Marge considers letting this go or doing something about it… Like leaving Homer. Moe shows up and tells Marge that it was him who made Homer stay with him at the bar as late as he did and Marge goes off to find Homer.

Homer ends up at a party with people who look like food and eventually, Marge shows up and forgives him and tells him that she won’t always assume everything he does is his fault. They go back home and I’m not sure what happens next but I can assume that they go up to their room and well, you know. Mean while, Bart and Lisa wake up and open their presents, before Homer and Marge emerge from their loving room.

I like this episode because it shows that Christmas isn’t just all about good cheer, shopping, Santa Claus and all that stuff. There are certain people in our population, who live on hard times during the season. Especially now that it’s colder outside. We only to think of those people to, as well as those of us who have the luck of a warm house to live in and a warm bed to sleep in at night. What I realized after watching the episode was at the end, their was a preview of sorts, of the next episode The Man Who Came To Be Dinner. If you have it in your iTunes collection or how ever you have this episode and others from Season 26, take a listen and look at both this and the next episode.
Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.