Did you enjoy The Waitresses yesterday? A few of my friends told me, after I posted it, that they’d had that song in their head this week, too. Good, good stuff.
Today I present a song by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick, whom you might know for their quirky senses of humor. (Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” comes to mind.) They put out a Christmas album not too long ago that’s especially dear because it’s some of the only Christmas music my husband can stand to listen to on our commute after the radio onslaught has been going for a few weeks already.
And this song is on my mind today because I’m headed out this afternoon to try and finish up my Christmas shopping and cannot get some of the members of my extended family to tell me what they want. I’ve told my dad — who has pretty much everything already — on several occasions that if he doesn’t give me some ideas, I’ll be buying him a goat through Heifer Project. Here’s how that conversation usually goes:
“Give me some ideas, or I’m buying you a goat.”
“I don’t want a goat for Christmas!”
“The goat isn’t for you. It’s for an impoverished family in a third-world country. They’ll use it to make a sustainable livelihood and improve their circumstances in life.”
“Oh, what a nice program. But how are you buying it for me?”
“I’m donating it in your name.”
“That’s sweet. But I still want a gift.”
“Then give me some ideas, or it’s going to be a goat.”
“I don’t want a goat.”
“Okay, I’ll reflect on this when I have some time and get back to you later.”
Now, my dad is a kind and generous and warm-hearted man who willingly and frequently gives to the less fortunate in many ways. In fact, I learned many of my philanthropic proclivities from the shining beacon of his example. But, just like anyone else, at Christmastime, he wants a little something under the tree to open that’s just for him. And don’t we all???
I’m probably just going to get him a bottle of nice Scotch. Don’t tell him.
In the spirit of wanting something specific for Christmas, please enjoy “2600.” The music starts around 3:20 and goes until about 5:25; this video is from the live premiere of the song. (Another entertaining video of a live performance of it is here, although the sound quality might not be quite as good. The banter beforehand may contain a four-letter word, just so you know.)