A Blue Christmas Playlist

If you follow me on any sort of social media, or like, ya know, read this blog, you know I’ve been struggling with getting into the holiday spirit. That’s a hot and cold relationship I’d prefer not to have. So to prove to you, my loyal and concerned readership (and not myself at all), that I AM TRYING, here’s the playlist I’ve disciplined myself to play from here on out – through the remainder of the holiday season. Halls WILL be decked and bells WILL be jingled, dammit!

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, *NSync
  2. The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
  3. Because It’s Christmas album in entirety, Barry Manilow (shut up)
  4. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  5. Merry Christmas Darling, The Carpenters
  6. Last Christmas, Wham! (shut up again)
  7. Happy XMas (War is Over), John Lennon
  8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen
  9. My Only Wish, Britney Spears
  10. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

Well, that was embarrassing. Two weeks left for this Grinch/Scrooge Combo to get on Buddy the Elf’s level. Can it be done??

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How Bizarre, How Bazaar

Do you guys remember that song from 1995?!

Brother Pele’s in the back, sweet Zina’s in the front 
Cruisin’ down the freeway in the hot, hot sun 
Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind 
Loud voice booming, “Please step out onto the line” 
Pele preaches words of comfort, Zina just hides her eyes 
Policeman taps his shades, “Is that a Chevy ’69?” 
How bizarre, How bizarre…

This past weekend, my friend and I hit up the Brooklyn Night Bazaar: an indoor festival of local food, drinks, music, shopping and art. It basically has everything you could ever need in a weekend wrapped up into a mere few hours. It’s located in the some sketchy warehouse in what felt like the middle of rural(?) Williamsburg, so if you go, be prepared for a small hike to/from the train. I wasn’t and whined about getting slaughtered in a storage unit the entire way there and back. It’s a miracle I have friends.

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I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted, due to A) my phone being a diva B) my camera still has not arrived and C) the lighting was weird. But it’s a designed to be a hip, fun place (and there was like, a concert happening), so I’ll let the lighting slide.

There’s a number of great food options to choose from (i.e. Oaxaca Taqueria, Morris Grilled Cheese, Briskettown). My friend and I both ordered from The Lobster Joint and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. You have to be 21+ to enter, so there are a few bars throughout the venue from which you can order from a list of beers (maybe/probably wines too?),walk around and shop while sipping on your beverage of choice.

The booths snake up and down the middle of the venue space, and there’s everything from artwork to jewelry to clothing. A few vendors that my friend and I took a liking to were RHLS for their crazy, hip sweatshirts, Milly & Earl for their adorable, vintage trinkets, and Adopt a Robot for obvious reasons. (Spoiler alert: friends, you’re all getting robots for Christmas). Also, BlissfulCase had an amazing vintage TV iPhone cover that I can’t stop thinking about. Although I could have spent a lot more money, my only purchase of the evening was on a Leroy’s Place Ziggy Stardust pendant and thick gold chain. Because this girl is hoping for some cha-cha-cha-changes in the near future. Ugh, I know, that was bad.

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All in all, we deemed the trek out to Brooklyn well worth it. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar takes place every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm to midnight. Check out their website for more information!

Ooh baby, Ooh, baby
It’s making me crazy, It’s making me crazy
Everytime I look around,  Everytime I look around
It’s in my face…

You’ll have that in your head for the rest of the day now; you’re welcome. If I have to suffer from the bad 90’s pop music, I’m brining you all down with me.

Scary-oke

Happy first “Me, Me, Me Monday”! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. I was recently presented with an opportunity show off my musical chops at a very desolate karaoke bar, but I inevitably declined. As a daughter of the community theatre and a past-life show choir brat, company dancer and all-star schmactor, it may surprise you that I do not partake in the act of singing by myself in front of others. But, alas.

Although there’s no greater feeling than performing in front of a packed house, “performing” for me could include anything from telling stories to kicking my face in a chorus line and I would be delighted. BUT I’d rather be thrown into a game of rugby with 250 pound men than sing “Happy Birthday” in front of one other human being. If my terrible taste in/lackluster knowledge of music aren’t compelling enough of reasons to not put others through misery that would ensue if I picked up a microphone, the sound that projects from my mouth is on par with what I would imagine swinging a bag of cats against a running washing machine sounds like. Did I pain that picture accurately enough?

Emmy-award winning schmactress.
Emmy-award winning schmactress? Yes. Mediocre vocalist? Absolutely not.

Because I love beating dead horse, here are my top contenders for karaoke songs that you will never have the pleasure of hearing me utterly berate in public. You are welcome.

  1. “Just Like Jesse James” by Cher
  2. “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
  3. “Not for the Life of Me” from Thoroughly Modern Millie [soundtrack]
  4. “Hit Me with your Best Shot” by Pet Benatar
  5. “Speechless” by Lady Gaga
  6. “So Far Away” by Carole King
  7. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  8. “I’m the Only One” by Melissa Etheridge

Do you do scary-oke? What is your go-to song?