For the last several weeks, I’ve been listening to the new musical Hamilton fairly often at work, via streaming on the NPR Music app. Or so I thought, anyway. I’d bop my head along through the songs (can’t sing at the office), finishing up at the end of the Revolutionary War, which I thought was the end of the show.
Because of the way the app is set up, there was no track listing — I just listened from beginning to end, and it dawned on me while talking to my colleague Priya about which songs I liked that I didn’t actually know what they were called. So, this weekend I decide to look up the song listing and match the tunes I liked to their titles.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered I had only been listening to Act One all this time! Continue reading
Today, here in DC, not so much. The temperature was in the upper 60s and it started to rain shortly after dark — the arrival of which, before 5:00 p.m., was the only seasonally-appropriate aspect of the day.
So, I made Monday festive in my own way: with a gingerbread latte and holiday music on shuffle.
Other than the tunes and the beverage, I am utterly unready for Christmas and somewhat daunted by how soon it’s going to be here (why so late, Thanksgiving?) but — in addition to the usual getting ready for the holidays that happens — I’ve decided to make a bloggy advent calendar of sorts. I’m striving for a post a day with a Christmas memory, favorite song, cookie recipe… whatever I can come up with to share the holiday cheer.
(Yes, I realize I’ve posted about five times total this year, but I do really think I can do this. Gotta get back on the wagon.)
I thought I’d start with a video of one of my Christmas favorites, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” performed by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. (Of course.) It’s not the best-quality video, but it is from a show I was at, so it seemed like the right one to share.
Ho! Ho! Ho!