I have a three question litmus test that shows me how aligned I might be with another person. I don't use it very often. It's actually more of a parlor game and one of the questions will need to be updated. Anyway, here they are.
I'm hearing it from a number of people. It's hard to believe we're approaching the holiday season with the incredible weather we've been having this November here in Cleveland. All of that's about to change as a look at my Weather Channel app 15 day forecast tells the story. 38 for a high on Sunday.
Apparently others are not so easily fooled and are well aware of the impending Christmas season. That explains why local holiday supergroup The Ohio City Singers is selling tickets to their upcoming shows at a brisk pace.
I already got shut out of the G.A.R. Hall show in Peninsula on Saturday December 12. Luckily I met an angel last night who offered me to watch from the side of the stage. That prompted me to buy tickets this morning for the other concerts.
The annual kid's show, held again this year in the main room at The Music Box, is always a blast. Since the band has been together for about ten years there's a whole generation who consider songs like "White Cleveland Christmas, "Holiday Hop" and "Egg Nog" as essential to Christmas as "Jingle Bells" or "Frosty The Snowman". And they'll be singing along to them with the spirit of the season. It's an afternoon affair at 1pm on Saturday December 5. Grab tickets at the Music Box link above.
A couple of years ago OCS held their kid's show at Vosh in Lakewood. This year the band will be in residence there on the weekend of December 18 and 19 with shows both Friday and Saturday night. These are the showcase shows. You can buy tickets at EventBrite. I scored a weekend pass.
What can I say, I love Christmas music, and the fact that friends of mine write and perform original holiday music that's as good as anything out there makes me feel blessed. The Ohio City Singers don't have a new album this year but they've released a new single guaranteed to get you in the spirit.
It was a rough weekend watching the deplorable acts unfold in Paris on Friday night. The only thing that made it better was witnessing the outpouring of support on social media. People shared inspired photos of Paris, changing their profile photos to include a transparent French flag. Others, like me, changed it a shot of them in front of an iconic Paris attraction like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower.
Yes, I'm fortunate to have visited "the city of light". In recent weeks I've seen three Facebook friends proposed marriage under the Eiffel Tower. It's a romantic city and one of my favorites.
The United States and France are closely tied dating back to our revolutions which were similar in time and style of government. So we stand with them and express our heart-felt sorrow and resolve.
I'm still curating my best of the year collections from present day and back. We land in 1984 today. Some great songs, for sure. By the way, Prince would be on this list if his music were available. Same with Tracy Ullman for that matter.