Since it’s the season of giving, I’m going to put a two-fer under the tree on this beautiful Monday morning. First, the Christmas classic, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, from Dr. Seuss’, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the second from one of the best bands in the world.
I still have fond Christmas time memories of me curled up on the floor with my How the Grinch Stole Christmas! book in hand. Outside the unforgiving Illinois winter winds beat against the icy covered windows, but they were no match for the old cast iron wood stove that kept me toasty and warm as I read along to the Chuck Jones’ cartoon. Yes, Jim Carrey may have brought the Grinch to life on the big screen, but call me a purist; I’ll take the 1966 cartoon every time. To me, unlike many cartoons today, it was simple and subtle just like a children’s story should be. With the nasty Grinch voice of Boris Karloff (yes Frankenstein’s monster), the loveable and loyal Max, Cindy Lou Who and the baritone pipes of Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft, a.k.a., Tony the Tiger, it still warms my heart today. Although technically not a music video, I hope you can still enjoy it just the same.
Your A Mean One Mr Grinch by The-Jazzman
Now, because you’ve been such loyal to the escape hatch! readers over the past 8 months, I’ll give you a second gift. This one’s from the soulful, Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Who says five guys inside a small cement storage unit can’t make great music? Enjoy a live version of “From”. You’re welcome Tiff :).
Happy Monday everyone! I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Kwanza or whatever you celebrate or don’t. May you be blessed with a warm heart and wonderful music.