Merry Christmas everyone. And to those who don't celebrate Christmas I hope you've had a good day regardless.
The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas - https://youtu.be/0-hWZGIWe_U
Some of today's songs relate to Christmas gifts. There are about a million people at HQ World Wide Woozle so there's plenty of inspiration to draw from.
First up, a song about aeroplanes, or at least a clip featuring a lot of them. Neil turned up yesterday with a load of balsa wood planes and rubber bands for everyone to have a lot of fun with. Luckily there are tall people here to rescue the aforementioned planes from the trees in the neighbourhood!
Van Halen - Dreams - https://youtu.be/zsXCs41DkWs
Angus, our resident sports fanatic, scored rather well with signed football jerseys from two of his favourite teams. Apparently he's going to frame them rather than wearing them first. Fair enough! Football season is only a few long months away...
Little River Band - Playing To Win - https://youtu.be/GbtiUrHUhRw
Christmas or not, I love giving and receiving the gift of music. I was very fortunate to receive a couple of very cool albums to listen to. Well played H in choosing two that I don't have, I know that can be a difficult task!!
Cold Chisel - Home & Broken Hearted (live) - https://youtu.be/dQF9yCI4PJw
Opeth - The Drapery Falls - https://youtu.be/let2d76FxYI
This one is for my Dad. I know that he likes this song (and album) and I hope that everyone where he is enjoys the kazoo we sent him!
Jesse Fuller - San Francisco Bay Blues - https://youtu.be/7lqp52Uv6WA
My Mum gave me Bill Bryson's book about growing up in America in the 50s. In so many ways you can see why Americans see that as a the halcyon days in their country's timeline. It's an interesting read so far with insight into the psyche of a nation and what makes it both great and terrible at the same time. I'm only a couple of chapters in but this song springs to mind...
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire - https://youtu.be/eFTLKWw542g
Regardless of your particular religious views let me say that I think that Christmas is a time for peace and goodwill. Guilt about haves and have nots really gets us nowhere but if you can think of a way going forwards to make just one person's life a little better then that's a good thing.
The Beatles - Help (live 1965) - https://youtu.be/yWP6Qki8mWc
In band news we played a charity Xmas party last Sunday in 37 degree heat. My fingers were literally burning on the guitar strings due to the direct sunlight. I don't know how H managed to keep the singing together for the whole show as he's been so unwell. Chief learned a valuable lesson about what happens to your feet when you don't have any shoes on and the stage is getting the full force of the sun! Regardless of all this we played well. Next up is the New Year's show at Vivaldi's. There are less than 10 tickets available now if you want to come along. I've only got a couple of songs left to learn but I'm not giving anything away. Watch this space for some rather big news about what we have planned for 2016.
But now, after an awesome Christmas lunch, I may take advantage of a lull in proceedings to have a nap!
Art vs Science - Enter Sandman (live) - https://youtu.be/h7yRjD5yLv4?t=1m43s
"so lock up your daughters, lock up your wives, lock up your back door and run for your lives...", Anthrax, TNT (live), 2013.