Holiday Spirit  

Holidays, and how they are celebrated, help define the spiritual essence of all communities.

In this most eclectic mix-bag of videos, we stay in the holiday spirit, as we move ever closer to Christmas Day.
This clip is from 1986, Al Albert's Showcase based in Philadelphia. It was a talent show for local kids.
Just this past weekend, December 12, 2015, I experienced a fine local production of the Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, by the Greenville, North Carolina based NC Academy of Dance Arts / Dance Arts Theatre, featuring guest performers from the New York Ballet, and the Washington Ballet intermingled w
Many regional locals remember The Barefoot Movement and how wonderful this young band plays so well their stringed instruments and just how they harmonize together.
Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory offered the following statement in celebration of one of the most joyous times on the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah-The Festival of Lights.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one of those niche European groups that incorporate the older classical melodies with the subtle twist of their unique, and very present now to create a memorable musical moment.
Greenpeace's vision of Father Christmas is a shabbily dressed Kris Kringle, who appears to be appropriately 'down on his luck', and at his 'wits end' relative to his immediate climate - it is too warm where he lives - the North Pole.
The Washington Christmas parade as viewed, and recorded, from the intersection of Main Street, Stewart Parkway and Gladden Street in front of Bill's Hot Dogs.
I have long felt that Greg Lake / Pete Sinfield 's "I believe in Father Christmas" is one of the more creative modern Christmas songs created in my lifetime. I have never been a huge fan of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but I am a big fan of Greg Lake's ode to the British Santa.
Clark Griswold, the iconic well-meaning father of this age, shares his Christmas Vacation with us, and it is one that many of us will never forget.
The Good Lovelies are in the Christmas Spirit, and we are too. "Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight."
David Bowie and Bing Crosby teamed up for the most unusual pairing of the most unnatural crooners in the history of all duets, and, remarkably, were a tremendous success in their rendition of "Little Drummer Boy", with a hastily written back melody "Peace on Earth." This rare pairing occurred in 1
I almost hate to offer this edition of Christmas songs, but humor is always a great picker-upper this time of year.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
It is not an odd grouping at all; One about home, one about hope and one about peace, that about covers it for me.
Remember the line "It's late September and I really should be getting back to school." If you do, you should remember Rod Stewart's first big hit, "Maggie May", with his band, Faces.
Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory invite you to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for the annual Holiday Open House at the Governor's Western Residence. The 6,000 square foot home and open pavilion situated atop 18 acres of wooded...
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
I never really knew of Kathy Mattea until this last Saturday night, December 21, 2011, when I saw her perform on PBS's "Song of the Mountains."
The extra-vocal group, Walk Off the Earth, has done their first Christmas carol, "Little Drummer Boy", and it is wonderfully entertaining, as all of their videos are.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
Jewel Kilcher is probably the single most talented performer / songwriter, in terms of ballads, in the last 20 years.
As we approach the Yuletide season, we are requesting that our readers send us Christmas greetings, through song, story, or verse that is important to you.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a fourth helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
In the interest of discovering songs for the season, I found these videos of Jewel singing Christmas Carols live, and I thought I would help all my BCN friends with another serving of her lovely rendering of these most holy melodies.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has always been a favorite of mine in the way that they have always moved at their own pace in their own time.
Carrie Underwood has been a Country Music enigma since winning American Idol back in 2005. Carrie is the Country Music personification of Merle Haggard's 'Okie from Muskogee,' being a native of that iconic locale.
Joni Mitchell's poignant "River" represents more than a collection of Christmas moments; it is the cloudy recollection of a clarion warmth that we always hold dear - both joyful and blue.
My first knowledge of Josh Groban was from the A.I. soundtrack, which was an outstanding bit of music from a fantastic film - one of Spielberg's best. From that initial brush with Mr. Groban, I discerned that he had a spectacular voice.
Sarah McLachlan has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. As an impassioned "rocker," with somewhat of a sentimental streak, I have always dug talented balladeers, especially the females.
I have always thought Ray Charles was one of those generational performers, who was put on this earth to entertain and entertain quite well was our fortunate outcome.
Thanksgiving as a holiday just makes profound sense. It is one of the Unites States's oldest holidays and is emblematic of who Americans are ... or maybe were.
"So this is Christmas (War is Over)" was written in 1971 by John and Yoko Lennon, just months after the official breakup of the Beatles.
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