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December 14 (11 Days to Go): Tom Lehrer ~ A Christmas Carol and Dropkick Murphys ~ The Season’s Upon Us

I would be remiss if I failed to include Tom Lehrer’s classic A Christmas Carol in this lead-up to the event. Lehrer’s understated humor is timeless. Sad that he quit the biz so early, but we’re lucky he left us the albums he did.

Not sure it could even BE the season without this happy little tune.

Got one more Tom Lehrer before I leave off this year’s list, but it’s the last during Advent.

Now on the other hand, the second (not at all subtle or particularly happy, but definitely worth watching) video comes from the Dropkick Murphys and I actually debated including it because it’s a fairly angry picture of modern family life.

Then again, the holidays aren’t always happy, which I believe that’s the point of the song. You’ll relate to this clip especially if your family (like mine) isn’t straight out of the J.C. Penny Catalog. (Do they even print those anymore?!?)

Also? Not quite 200k versus over 2 million hits. Yeah, that’s telling.

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August 18: Daniel Radcliffe sings Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”

Viral video, I’m coming to realize, has to have appeal beyond a very narrow audience, or has to be shared by people with a lot of friends. This one’s up over four million hits, because Harry Potter sings!

(No, I know. Daniel Radcliffe is a terrific actor who will rise above his first roles and make a name for himself beyond the franchise.) He does a respectable job with this, too.

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