Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hello, kids!

CHRISTMAS is almost here!  My elves are busy building toys, reading your e-mails and keeping busy.  A few of them spend far too much time on Facebook these days, but we're still on schedule so I won't complain.

Have you written out your Christmas wish list yet?  No?  Well, you better get busy.  There's only a little time left before I load my sleigh up with gifts and make my journey around the world on Christmas night! 

If you are having a hard time deciding what you want, may I suggest this?

Harry Nilsson was one of America's finest singer/songwriters, penning songs that you love (The Monkees' "Cuddly Toy", Three Dog Night's "One", etc) and recording other writers' material and creating classic hits ("Everybody's Talkin'" and "Without You").  But behind the scenes, Harry was self-destructive and hell-bent on having a good time... and that he did.  This excellent documentary tells the whole story utilizing plenty of rare footage, soundbytes of Harry telling his own story plus interviews with famous friends such as Micky Dolenz, Yoko Ono, Gerry Beckley (America), Randy Newman, Mark Hudson, Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Webb and many others.  It is a fascinating look into the life of a true Pop legend and, dare I say it, genius.  It's a glorious celebration of an extremely talented artist who spent a lifetime searching for the happiness he brought others and finally found it in the final chapters of his life.  This is an emotional must-see documentary that should be viewed by anyone interested in music.  Brilliant.
I must get going now.  Mrs. Claus needs some help in eating those delicicious shortbread cookies and I don't want to miss out!  They are fresh out of the oven, you know! Yum Yum!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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