Advent Song for December 17: Wonderful Christmastime

First off, I need you to let me know if the sound is OK in the video I’ve chosen, because I’ve left my headphones at home so I can’t listen to it. But even the video of this song makes me happy because it’s a perfect illustration of the enduring guileless charm of Sir Thumbsaloft and co. He literally is this cheerful! Imagine that! No wonder he’s still going strong, the only material difference between 1960s Paul and 2010s Paul the purple hair-dye and the transposition of some of the big hits down a key or two so that he can still hit the high notes. Let’s all age like Paul McCartney.

In further agreeably eccentric English news, you will absolutely want to click through and look at the pictures in this story about three penguins visiting the residents of a Lincoln care home.

December 23: Wonderful Christmas Time

Come on, you knew it was coming. How much more McCartney can you get than this? None more McCartney, that’s how much. This is a terrible-quality video because I can’t find a better one but watch it anyway, because even when it’s this fuzzy, you can see how much fun everyone is having. EYE would like to have Christmas with the McCartneys and friends. There’s also a pleasing foreshadowing here, in the voices the choir of children singing their song, of the Frog Song, in which after extensive auditions for a child for the part of Rupert, Macca ended up doing it himself because – well, I’ll let him tell you:

We searched high and low for Rupert. We must’ve auditioned every kid in London. And they all came in and we said, ‘All you need to do is say ‘Hello, my name’s Rupert.‘ And nearly all of them came in with, ‘Hello, my name’s Wooper‘. We said, ‘Not ‘wooper’, ‘Rupert”…. In the end Geoff [Dunbar, the director] said, ‘would you do it?’

Advent song for December 17

I had no plans to include this song, but it popped into my head this morning and hasn’t left, so here it is.  I don’t think I’d ever seen the video, but I like it very much because everybody in it seems so happy.  Whatever you think about Paul and Linda, I think they were very much in love, and you can see it here.  Also, I like that the “choir of children” is actually them.  It reminds me of the story Paul told about auditioning children to voice the part of Rupert in the full-length video for We All Stand Together, and all of them were so rubbish that he ended up doing it himself.