My 3 alternate professional names.
Thanks to all who participated.
My TCGS interview with musical guests Crazy & The Brains.
DECEMBER SONGS, DAY NINE • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Bert & Ernie (Frank Oz & Jim Henson)
I was going to simply post the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” from the 1975 Merry Christmas From Sesame Street LP (which I owned as a little kid.)
But instead I’m posting this 9-minute clip from the 1978 TV special Christmas Eve On Sesame Street. Bert & Ernie’s storyline in this special is their version of “Gift Of The Magi” and this clip edits all their segments into one piece.
WARNING: this will DEVASTATE you.
Henson and Oz and Mr. Hooper (Will Lee, who would pass away just a few short years later) are perfect— they don’t overplay a single moment. It’s high stakes, genuine emotion, and if it doesn’t get you at least a little bit choked up, I don’t know what to tell you. This is a Master Class in why Henson and Oz made the Muppets more than just a bunch of puppets on a kids show.
It ends with the song, but watch the whole thing. It’s worth it.
DECEMBER SONGS, DAY EIGHT • “Xmas Cake” by Rilo Kiley
This sad and desperate Holiday song by Rilo Kiley gets me the same way that their song “Does He Love You?” does.
Both songs build to a conclusion that feels epic and gives me chills.
I have a damaged skull— I went through a car windshield as a baby.
I think I would look like the guy who got kicked out of ZZ Top for looking too weird.
I am about to join SAG, and will have to submit three alternates for my “professional” name in case “Connor Ratliff” is already taken.
Yesterday, I asked people on Twitter and Facebook for suggestions, and here are the names I have received:
Thanks for all who contributed. I will spend the next 48 hours making my decision as to my Top 3. As of this writing, the front runner for the #1 slot is "Sad Garbage" which was suggested by Beyoncé enthusiast/Twitter wunderkind Alyssa Stonoha.
DECEMBER SONGS, DAY SEVEN • “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney & Wings
This current conventional wisdom on this song seems to be trending towards people generally liking it AND also finding it slightly annoying. It used to be that there were factions of people who felt one way or the other, but I feel like it is now more common for people to harbor both feelings at the same time.
I totally understand why someone would hate this song, but I like it. It makes me feel happy. (I like it better than The Beatles’ "Christmas Time Is Here Again" which is kind of a strangely unenjoyable dirge.)
I feel like this is the time in his life when Paul was happiest, and everything in his life was good. You can feel it in the song, this is a song written by a genuinely happy guy.
DECEMBER SONGS, DAY SIX • “It’s Christmastime Again (And I’m Lonely)” by Nick Lowe
Nick Lowe just released a pretty fun album of Christmas songs called Quality Street, but amazingly, this song wasn’t on it.
This is a live recording of a song performed by Nick Lowe a couple of years ago. I don’t know if he wrote it, but it sure SOUNDS like a late period NL song. I might even be wrong about the title. Last year when I posted this, I called it “Hang My Tears On The Tree.”
If anybody could tell me who wrote this song, I’d appreciate it. My assumption is that it’s a Lowe original, but it could just be a really obscure cover. In any case, I can’t find any information about it online…
I tweeted to his label, Yep Roc, suggesting that this song would make a great bonus track to accompany Quality Street,and they responded that it was a good idea. Maybe there’s still time for a XMAS Miracle and Lowe will at least release a live recording that’s higher quality than this one…
highs & lows, highs & lows
connor ratliff is my hero
It’s hard to come so close to winning and then find out that you didn’t.
Thankfully, I have learned from my mistakes and it’s smooth sailing from here all the way to Victory at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
1984: The Specials AKA with Elvis Costello, performing “Free Nelson Mandela” on The Tube.