Christmas Countdown: 6

Santa not realBack in the days when fax machines were cool, “sharing” was a tiny trickle compared to the raging river of today. “Images” were black and white (not even grays) and 8.5″ x 11″ paper-sized. “Texts” were also that size, came in a variety of “fonts.” Both usually looked like something that had been photocopied 500 times.

Then as now there were gems. Here’s (a link to) one of them: Santa Claus: Fact or Fiction? It’s a trenchant treatise on the putative physical reality of Santa Claus. It considers some of the numbers involved, but I’ve never verified them, so be warned (38.5% of statistics are made up on the spot).

 And now, today’s musical selections:

To kick off a Thankful It’s Friday, give it up — the young Boss is in the house:

You only thought I was gonna play this one:

The bonus today is another double-feature; this time from the artist formerly known as Donkey. The pear — I mean pair — begins with a Christmas song (of course):

As really cute as that is, for sheer enjoyment, I love this one:

Go forth and spread beauty and light.

About Wyrd Smythe

The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

5 responses to “Christmas Countdown: 6

  • E.D.

    i absolutely love you tubes and i can watch them for hours and do! it is the best part of social media – and will probably out last fb and all else on offer. Without you tube many of us would be in the dark to what’s going on in the world – you tubes have given us insights into the lives of the one per cent, the corruption in govns, and abuse of the Earth. Without you tube, we would still be trying to work it all out. So with this I WISH you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. fondly eve

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I agree that YouTube has some of the best stuff on the web! I have a growing list of lectures on physics and philosophy and mathematics to catch up on!

      Thanks for the Christmas and New Year’s wish, Eve! Likewise! 😀

  • reocochran

    Always mind blowing and interesting here, loved the variety of rocking music, along with the Monkee’s song thrown into the mix! (One of my younger aged favorites!) Smiles, Robin

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Yeah, it’s tricky picking the music. Has to be Christmas, of course, but I also want to find things a bit out of the usual fare. And plus I try to find a theme. I had one a moment ago. Set it down, and now I can’t find it. Anyone seen my theme?

  • Wyrd Smythe

    ♩♪ Musical Notes:

    The first selection, Merry Christmas Baby, is an American R&B Christmas favorite from 1947. Both Chuck Berry and B.B. King have covered it. This is Bruce Springsteen’s version; tomorrow features a great version with Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton.

    When it comes to Christmas covers, Springsteen is most well-known for his version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, another American Christmas favorite that goes back to 1934. Since then it’s been covered by dozens of different artists.

    The words for The Twelve Days of Christmas go back to 1780 in England (and are thought to be French in origin). The tune most know the song by is due to a 1909 arrangement by English composer Frederic Austin.

    I’m A Believer is a 1966 Neil Diamond tune recorded originally by The Monkees and was the biggest-selling record of 1967. The 2001 version for the Shrek soundtrack was recorded by the group Smash Mouth. (There’s also a 2010 version by Weezer for Shrek Forever After.)

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