Do you have Dump supporters among your co-workers, in your close circle of friends or, worse yet, in your actual family? It’s Okay to admit it: everybody does, to varying degrees, and geezus gawd, it can be a mortifying horrorshow of a reality to have to navigate, amiright? Because, Dump supporters, they are not fond of being all that open-minded or free-thinking. It is confounding, to say the least. But as easy (and rewarding) as it is to unfriend these non-thinkers on the FaceBook, hate is counterproductive. We can’t give up trying to reach the unenlightened, and often, humor really helps get the message across.
And that’s why the time is right for what I am going to call the Chrismta Song of 2017: “I Got You A Brain For Christmas.” This up-tempo Christmas carol is a pop music collaboration from regional rock legend, Rob Fetters and author/satirist Bob Woodiwiss which is performed by The Furious Snowflakes, comprising six veteran singers and musicians. The resulting uber-catchy tune, according to Woodiwiss “is one that both swings and stings,” with an accompanying video that’s a hybrid of mockumentary voyeurism, outrageous imagery and stop motion animation. Lyrically, “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” takes a cue from two conversational themes heard by Woodiwiss at protest events since last January 20th: disbelief that any rational person could support Dump, his reckless management, blatant dishonesty and lack of respect for women and minorities; and the uncomfortable, intensifying antipathy between his bashers and supporters at family, work and social get-togethers. “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” is a sardonic musical response to both, set to a bright original tune that recalls an earlier, more cohesive era. Put this one into heavy playlist rotation for the holidays. Enjoy!
I figured it was about time I posted an “official” Christmas-Themed Video Clip of the Week, so that we all have time to enjoy it before Christmas has already come and gone — because, I swear, it gets here faster every year! This week’s clip is “Text Me Merry Christmas” by the a capella group Straight No Chaser, featuring the guest vocals of actress Kristen Bell. I loved her so much in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but she certainly has shown her range with her turn as Jeannie in Showtime’s House of Lies, and now I find out she can sing! I guess it was not really a secret, but I had no idea!
Anyway, not only is this animated video for “Text Me Merry Christmas” adorable as heck, but the song, with its super clever lyrics, is just fantastic and will stick in your head like a holiday ear worm! To create this fun music video that’s sure to become a modern Christmas classic, Straight No Chaser partnered with YouTube comedy-collective and branded content company JASH, and award-winning songwriters Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and David Javerbaum. Visually inspired by beloved Rankin-Bass Holiday specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, JASH collaborated with their animation partner, Toronto based Cuppa Coffee Studios to help create a music video in a similar style. High Fives All Around on this one! Enjoy!