Christmas Music Videos – December 14th.

Some of you have asked, “Good grief. Do you hunt for these all year?” Yes. All year. I start in January. So, you can see, it’s nothing but the very finest in strange Christmas music videos that I bring to you.

MY FAVORITE video today, largely because it is a wonderful bit of propaganda, is Feliz Navidad from the Nigerian Paramilitary and Military forces.

Next up, two of my favorites combine for a duet. I miss Tom, and lament the proclivity of the rich and famous to abuse opioids. Such a loss. Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks Silent Night

This next one… Danged if words explain it. But the hat is worth the watch. Jingle Bells on guitar, keyboard and harmonica

Yes, we’re heading down strange street now, this artist bills himself as “Vibralph.” Vibraphone Do You Hear What I Hear

Last, but far from least, we have a traditional classic. Yes, it’s just plain unsettling, but the guitar work is stellar: Silver Bells as performed by Twisted Sister

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Pearl Harbor Day Christmas Music Videos

Nothing says “Christmas” quite like the promise of something spectacular and festive from Tommy Tune. How Bing Crosby ever took the title from him is beyond me. Here we’ve got New York At Christmas to prove that point.

Speaking of Der Bingle, here’s another classic: Mele Kalikimaka

Because you may have been overwhelmed with the spirit of sweaters by Tommy Tune, or overdosed on poi, I’m going to throw in something much more to my tastes. Black Umfolosi Christmas Tune

Heading back to the land of sweaters and strange behavior, I’d like to present Christmas at Ground Zero, another Christmas standard by Wierd Al Yankovic

In the Americas, we’d like to think we have a handle on our musical heritage. Only my friend Robson will fully appreciate the Brazilian Christmas Carol I have for you in this link.

Today’s last entry also comes from this hemisphere. I love Haiti, and have had the honor of being serenaded by small children singing in Creole. There is a huge plus to being Papa Noel in Port Au Prince. Without further ado, I give you Miu Haiti Haiti Joyeux Noel.

Wait – I may have lied… I did. One more for today. Silent Night in Portuguese. Because.

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Nicholas Of Haiti Is Now Available. And, It Appears I Am Famous.

First things first: my second novel, Nicholas of Haiti is now available. It is an all new story, and NOT the sequel to Assault on Saint Agnes – that’s coming in the next 12 months.

Here are the links:

Kindle, print, and audio book versions.

Audio book cover on the left, Kindle cover on the right.

Now, on to the famous part: Frank Rajkowski, a reporter for KSTP did a wonderful article on Santa from the business perspective and was kind enough to feature me. Please take a few minutes to head over to the site and read the article. It’s way nicer than I probably deserve, and it was humbling to be asked to represent the local Santa group, North Star Santas.

Next, the widely read book blog by Amanda Geaney, Christian Shelf-Esteem, featured my story today. I talk about how Nicholas of Haiti came to be, and how God influenced the work. Okay, He wrote the book and I just typed. It’s that simple. Please take the time to read some of the other reviews, she does a great job covering Christian fiction, and was very gracious in allowing me to post my story.

There will also be an interview on Minnesota Public Radio, and another major review (I’m hoping it’s kind) coming in the next 10 days.

I hope that all of you who like what you read here will buy a copy of my book. All proceeds for the Kindle and paperback versions are being donated to charity, I’m only keeping the royalties on the audio book. Nicholas of Haiti is a great read for book groups, and it contains discussion questions following the book to guide the conversation.

As always, be blessed and I’ll be back soon.

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NEW BOOK IS OUT!

My second novel, Nicholas of Haiti, is now available. Go fetch your credit card for the Kindle, print, and audio book versions. This is not a sequel to Assault on Saint Agnes, but a unique book in the speculative Christian fiction world.

Audio book cover on the left, Kindle cover on the right.

Please follow me on Twitter, and “Like” the Facebook author page.

Don’t forget to subscribe (the box is on the right side of the page) to be eligible for free e-books and other benefits! Oh yeah – grab a copy of Assault on Saint Agnes if you’re of a mind.

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It’s The Last Friday Of November, And I’ve Got More Videos.

Come hither, and tune your ears to the Zither. Yes, Zither Christmas Tunes (White Christmas & Stille Nacht – does it matter what language in an instrumental video?)

You really can’t beat the Godfather of Soul on this season excursion. Get your groove on with James Brown performing Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto

Heading to the south and east, I give you another instant classic: Maxi Priest singing We Wish You a Rasta Christmas

Let’s get guitar serious here. If James Brown is the Godfather of soul, Joe Bonamassa has to be the Earl of Guitar. Here he is cranking out: Lonesome Christmas

Todays capper is in the classic zone. We’ve got the Glen Miller Orchestra cranking out Jingle Bells

See you fine peoples next week!

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Say, Mr. President, We Need To Have A Chat.

Mr. President, we need to talk about a couple of issues that are on my mind. I love what you’re doing with the nation’s economy. I endorse your foreign policy stance. I fully support you firing anyone you want – you have the legal right. In general, I admire your lack of political correctness. I think your calling it like it is helps us as a nation break through the tendrils of socialism that threaten to strangle our Republic.

But you are hurting your own cause with some of the rhetoric. I honestly feel like you have nothing but good intentions for the nation. But when you let the press get your goat, or you slide off-script in front of the rally crowd, it hurts you a lot. Today I had lunch with two very dear friends. Both good church-going people who have history as entrepreneurs. We talked politics as only friends in their later years can: listening to each other.

Mr. President, I heard two things: “I like some of the policies.” This was quickly followed by “But when he starts demeaning people on looks and IQ it seems so wrong that I have to shut him out.”

President Trump, he’s right. You’re right. Some of the people you blast are exactly what you say they are in your speeches. But the average person who’s not a political animal (which is most of the country) misses the policy, or your heartfelt words, because the press only carries the slur on somebody that you had along with the great thing you did for the country. The average person never reads the transcript, or watches the full video like I do as a political junkie.

So, without further ado, I’m offering my help. I’m almost ready to retire, and I’d be willing to come and hang out with you to help keep you on message. Just like you, I wouldn’t take a dime for the job. I think that if you had an ex-spook who can cuss like a sailor, and do it in several languages, you might also listen to my guidance on how not to be perceived as a crass bully. I’m pretty smart, can write a sentence, and have an excellent background in military events, technology, and intelligence. You can trust a guy like me to keep my mouth shut as well. You need that badly right now.

In the meantime, how about you just quit saying things like “She’s a very low I.Q. person.” Seriously, unless you have the testing to prove it, it just makes you look tacky. Same thing for nicknames. Yes, Senator Warren is a fraud and a fake in the eyes of the Cherokee nation. But all you have to do is smile when it comes up. Don’t rise to the bait. Use minions for that sort of thing if you must, but never wrestle in the mud with the pigs. They like it.

Finally, if you do all of the above, I think we can grant you a special dispensation to call Jim Acosta anything you want. He is a preening twit, and has proven it over and over. But you only get to point a finger at him and say that if you can restrain yourself on the other items I mentioned.

Do we have a deal?

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NEW BOOK IS OUT!

My second novel, Nicholas of Haiti, is now available. Go fetch your credit card for the Kindle, print, and audio book versions. This is not a sequel to Assault on Saint Agnes, but a unique book in the speculative Christian fiction world.

Audio book cover on the left, Kindle cover on the right.

Please follow me on Twitter, and “Like” the Facebook author page.

Don’t forget to subscribe (the box is on the right side of the page) to be eligible for free e-books and other benefits! Oh yeah – grab a copy of Assault on Saint Agnes if you’re of a mind.

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