Christmas Countdown, Christmas Is Here!

Merry Christmas with greetings from OK GO.

Christmas Day

OK Go right to it. One of my favorite bands for oh so many reasons — start your education here — but they combine math and science and music and create amazing videos as well as give back to the community and they are (mostly) L.A. locals and I couldn’t admire them more if I tried. So, with no further ado, here is their way pre-fame Christmas wish for you all on this Christmas Day.

Check out the previous post, or start the countdown to 2022!

Christmas Countdown, Wednesday #2

Christmas Countdown Wednesday: Famous groups. Here’s “Happy Xmas” from John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono Band.

Day 13

Wednesday is Famous Bands day, and here’s one of the more famous: John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Officially, it’s John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir and the song’s title is Happy Xmas (War Is Over). It was recorded in 1971, when the Vietnam war was decidedly not over, but not released in the UK until November, 1972. It grew out of Lennon and Ono’s anti-war activism and was sort of a culmination of their efforts, which had begun some time earlier with a series of twelve billboards in various cities that declared, “WAR IS OVER! If you want it — Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”

Note that the video below was inspired by the billboard. There is an original video version put out at the time of the song, but it contains disturbing wartime footage of the era. You’re free to seek it out if you wish.

Check out the previous post or watch the next.

Christmas countdown: Monday’s theme

Christmas Countdown Mondays: Spanish Christmas Carols of which there are many more than just Feliz Navidad.

Day 4

On Mondays, the theme is going to be Spanish Christmas carols; los lunes tendremos los villancicos navideños españoles. Today, we’ll start with a simple one that most English speakers know and which gets played a lot this year — José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad.” One interesting thing to note is that this simple title reminds us how Spanish construction and word choice frequently follows British, rather than American, usage. “Feliz navidad” literally means “Happy Christmas,” which is what they say in the UK. To be closer to the American “Merry Christmas,” the phrase would probably be “Navidad alegre,” although I don’t think anyone ever says that.

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