There is a good chance that you have already seen this, but if not, you are in for a truly unusual experience. This is even better than Bill Clinton singing “Imagine” with a chorus of forty Jewish and forty Arabic children, which can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0F_6plYyTM&feature=related
It may even be better than the mashup video of President Barack Obama’s truly inspired rendition of Jackie Wilson’s chart-topping classic “Higher and Higher”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnGc3mI7YKw&feature=related
What can it be, you ask? None other than the 1956 Fats Domino hit “Blueberry Hill”, as rendered by noted chanteur and song stylist…Vladimir “Fats” Putin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4IjHz2yIo
I never realized that Fats Domino was not the writer of his biggest hit (which climbed to #2 on the Billboard chart); in fact the song was written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock, way back in 1940. Several major acts recorded it at the time, including the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, drummer Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and even singing cowboy Gene Autry. The party didn’t end with Domino’s recording, however; since then, the tune has been covered by Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy, the Everly Brothers, Led Zeppelin(!), the Beach Boys, Bruce Cockburn, and Elton John, to name but a few. But I think you’d have to agree that none have offered that certain je ne sais quoi of Mr. Putin’s version.
When you have dried your eyes from the stirring rendition of “Blueberry Hill”, please turn your attention to singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, who will provide us with the answer to the question that has been at the forefront of inquiring minds for the better part of a generation: What if the Beatles were Irish? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFjH4ZqwOB4
In his timely and provocative tune “Creation Science 101”, Zimmerman riffs on the schism between the evolutionists and the fundamentalists: “Four thousand forty-two BC, on Monday August 27, He made the earth and sky and heaven, then He punched out at 5:03…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs
Zimmerman is perhaps at his best with Christmas songs, and in the joyous holiday spirit, I would like to share a few with you. The first is destined to become a holiday classic, “Bill O’Reilly’s Christmas” (dedicated to “every Chris-mister and Chris-missus in America, and I do mean ‘Mister’ and ‘Missus’ and not some genderless generica…”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNRLLxAOGx4
In another seasonal tune, Zimmerman evokes the early Bob Dylan, complete with harmonica, for “Christmas is Pain”: “There’s a crowd on the hillside with hatchets and saws, and a keen disregard for the forestry laws, and they happily hum while the stumps slowly bleed in the rain…Christmas is pain” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKWh-nnyPIY&feature=channel
Or, last but certainly not least, how about the pan-humanist carol, “Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa”, embracing the multicultural holiday season with its uplifting message: “Humanity is drifting in an icy sea of strife; the giant quilt of life, is crazy…so’s my wife; but even as all things are dying, one event can steer the moribund toward more abundant cheer; it’s Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa, what a happy heterogeneous holiday…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSZNpC1ANUM&feature=channel
May your holiday season be filled with happiness and humor!