Monday, December 22, 2008

"Merry Solstice" Night at the Algonquin (Hotel) Salon

Host Mark Janas was cool enough to invite my main caroling group from the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers to come co-host with him on the evening of the "Winter Solstice" Algonquin Salon on December 21st, 2008. We videoed (video'd?) the evening of festivities, where a lot of cool original and classic Holiday songs were brought forth. Other songs - from a renaissance lute by Lucy Cross to Johanna Weller-Fahy hitting a high note in "Gorgeous" - were applauded.

One of the highlights (for me) of the evening was a geekout moment shared by myself and Nicholas Levin, who transcribed onto sheet music the theme song to a horribly wonderful children's nightmarishly godawful amazing movie called "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," starring (of sorts) a very youn Pia Zadora I know the theme show from watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. The theme song, "Hooray for Santy Claus," is sung at the beginning by a bunch of children. This time around, the song was copied and handed out to all the lovely sight-singing singers out at the Algonquin Salon - and then we all had a singalong!!! Whee!!! (and I know Bill Corbett of MST3K has already witnessed the video online...huzzah!)

In any case, enjoy the following videos, any time of the year!

"Hooray for Santy Claus":

"Santa Baby" by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers:

"The Christmas Song" by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers:

"The Christmastime Medley" by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers:

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