December 9, 2016, dateline Denton, Texas--
Another year older and 365 days deeper in debt, and oh the humidity, and oh the warming of the earth, and oh if we don't put on a show like they did that time in the Vermont barn there at the ski lodge, who's going to save the Old Man?, no snow, no skiers, the bills piling up, and Bing and Danny and Rosemary and Vera nowhere in sight? Let's put on a show!
So here's the deal of it is is: Last year's LJM Christmas show at Dan's here in Denton was an unqualified success, and the hungry hoi-polloi wasted no time in floating the idea that the gig could be an annual event, see? And is so often the case, the hoi-polloi got it right—no electoral college to skew the results, and Jerry Manders as the Beaver.
WHO: Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, on this occasion Brad Williams keyboards, Dave Monsch reeds, Lynn Seaton largemouth bass, and Chopper Bergeron drums.
WHO ELSE: Not to mention ably assisted by Ryan Thomas Becker, The Choirleader, Danny O'Brien, The Fretted Trombonist, and L'Angelo Misterioso, The As-Yet-Unnamed Tuba Player.
WHO ELSE ELSE: And you, The Live Audience.
WHAT: The Second Annual Little Jack Melody et al Christmas Show and Singalong.
SAY WHAT?: And it's special because here's how it works, with LJM and his YT playing a first set, and then joined by the ubiquitous Ryan Thomas Becker to lead the audience in singing about 2 handfuls of Christmas carol classics, trad-like four voice texture like right out of the hymn book. An able-bodied assistant elf will pass out music for the carols, in case you don't have all the words memorized. And then a short break, and then a closing set from LJM and his YT.
SAY WHAT ELSE? And with the Christmas carols it's that ever-popular creaky street corner brass band effect, hence the added wind power of Danny O'Brien and L'Angelo Misterioso.
WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2016, with an 8:00 p.m. downbeat, give or take.
WHERE: Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street, Denton, TX, 76201, danssilverleaf.com
WHY: BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS INNIT?
THANKS: In advance, and we do hope to see you there. Full disclosure suggests I mention that the cover charge for the night will be $10.
AND: I leave you with this, an LJM-written sort-of -Christmas carol called "Jesus Took a Greyhound." I've been wrestling with this one for several years now, and I may finally have it in submission. I'm hoping we'll be able to premiere this one at the gig. If all goes well. It's a maybe yes/maybe no at this point, but I am hoping to include it in the playlist.
Goes like this:
JESUS TOOK A GREYHOUND
Jesus took a Greyhound out east to Bethlehem, just some little
Jesus stuck his thumb out and finally caught a ride; 18-wheeler
Jesus hopped a freight train and left the human race—someone said they
-words and music by Little Jack Melody
Yo ho ho ho ho!,