New Year’s Countdown, Wednesday

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Just because it’s past Christmas doesn’t mean the themes go away. Today’s theme is famous duets, and this one is a rather sweet homemade one featuring the countdown return of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who first appeared singing with Lady Gaga on Day 2. This time, his duet partner is Zooey Deschanel, who was his costar in (500) Days of Summer which came out, if you can believe it, over a decade ago — next month marks the 11th anniversary of its release.

Here, they’re just hanging out as friends and I’m pretty sure that she recorded this on her phone, so it also brings us a full 180 away from the big budget professional aesthetic of his duet with Gaga which, after all, appeared on The Muppet Show back in 2013. Sit back and enjoy this little New Year’s ditty.

Instant nostalgia: start from the beginning, see the previous post, or read the next.

Happy New Year!

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Zero as in the two zeroes in 2020, and here we are, in the last year of the 2010s. That’s right. It’s not the first year of the ‘20s. It’s the last year of the ‘10s. Don’t worry. A lot of people get this wrong, but it’s a simple fix.

What day does every month start on? That’s right… the 1st. Today is not January 0, 2020. It’s January 1. Same with February, March, April, etc., right on through the year. The ‘20s don’t start until one year from today, January 1, 2021.

So why the confusion? I think it’s for the simple reason that we count the ages of things like people, pets, or institutions from the zero. So, for example, a baby doesn’t celebrate their first birthday until twelve months after they flop out of the uterus, whether by the natural exit or with some creative way-making by a gyno with a scalpel.

In contrast, every month, year, decade, century, and millennium is born on the one. It’s even in our counting system. We count up from one to ten, which is the one that ends with zero.

On the other hand, a countdown goes the other direction and ends, as this one does, with Day Zero, New Year’s Day, the first day of the last year of the ‘10s.

Did I mention that today’s theme is famous bands? And to bring this countdown to a close, I bring you a very famous band called ABBA with a song all about the day. Here’s to new and good things happening. (And ignore the fact that part of the lyrics of this song obviously belong to a New Year’s Day on a year ending in 1!)

Christmas Countdown Bonus!

The Boys in Blue Are Back

The latest Christmas Charity single from Out of the Blue Oxford dropped today, so I couldn’t not share it as a bonus track on the countdown, since they’ve been featured before not once but twice. This time around, it’s an unabashedly gay and over-the-top medley of tunes from Disney’s Frozen.

Bonus bonus! Three years ago to the day, they dropped this one, which becomes more joyously gay by the second with the nice conceit of a pretentious director trying to rein them in. Ah, for oh-so-innocent days of late 2016 again!

Meanwhile, please visit their page and donate to Helen & Douglas House and/or buy the charity single that this video is plugging to benefit the same group. And drop a tip in my jar if you’re so inclined. It is the giving season, after all. You’ll be glad you did.

Watch the Christmas Countdown from the beginning!