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Icons and Outlaws
Cyndi Lauper

Icons and Outlaws

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 95:48


www.iconsandoutlaws.com    Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton was born June 22, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York City, right here in the U.S., to Catholic parents, Fred and Catrine. Her mother was from Sicily. She has two siblings, a younger brother Fred (nicknamed Butch), and an older sister, Ellen. Her parents divorced when she was five.   Her earliest childhood days were spent in Brooklyn, but when she was about four years old, the family moved to Ozone Park, Queens, where she lived in a railroad-style apartment through her teenage years. Growing up, Lauper felt like an outcast. She grew up listening to such artists as The Beatles and Judy Garland. Then, at only 12 years old, she began writing songs and playing an acoustic guitar that she got from her sister.   Cyndi was primarily raised by her mother, who worked as a waitress to support the family. Mom loved the arts and frequently took Cyndi and her siblings to Manhattan to see Shakespeare plays or visit art museums. However, Cyndi did not do particularly well in school. She was reportedly kicked out of several parochial schools in her youth. Raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Cyndi Lauper recounted in Boze Hadleigh's "Inside the Hollywood Closet" the time a nun attacked her after catching a nine-year-old Lauper scratching a friend's back: "A nun ran in, ripped me off her back, threw me against the lockers, beat the s**t out of me, and called me a lesbian."   As many kids do, she expressed herself with various hair colors and eccentric clothing. She took a friend's advice to spell her name as "Cyndi" rather than "Cindy." Unfortunately, her" unusual" sense of style led to classmates bullying her and even throwing stones at her.   Lauper went to Richmond Hill High School, where she was expelled but later earned her GED. In her book, Cyndi revealed that after her stepfather threatened to sexually assault her and her sister and then secretly watched her take a bath, she left home for good. Cyndi left Home at 17 to escape her creepy ass stepfather, intending to study art. Her journey took her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog Sparkle, trying to find herself. She eventually traveled to Vermont, taking art classes at Johnson State College and supporting herself by working odd jobs. Money was sparse, so she waitressed, served as an office assistant, and even sang in a Japanese restaurant for a time. At one point, her boyfriend at the time hunted and shot a squirrel, which she cooked up and ate. Lauper also faced an unplanned pregnancy, which she wanted, but her boyfriend did not. So, Lauper terminated the pregnancy.   "Nobody wants to run in and do that," She later told HuffPost. "It's just that I didn't want to have a kid that I love come into the world and not be able to share the kid with a dad." During this period, Cyndi got around by hitchhiking. Unfortunately, she put herself into close quarters with some potentially crappy individuals, such as the man who gave her a ride and forced her to perform a sexual act on him. "I just wanted to be able to live through it, get to the other side of it." On another occasion, she was assaulted by a bandmate and two accomplices.   Sometimes, it all understandably got too overwhelming for Lauper. "A lot of times I couldn't take it anymore, so I just lay in bed all the time," Lauper wrote. "When I really couldn't deal with anything, I used to get the shakes, just complete anxiety attacks." In 2019, Lauper gave the commencement address at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, the academic institution that now includes Johnson State. At this event, NVU awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.   In the early 1970s, Cyndi performed as a vocalist with several different cover bands. One of those bands, Doc West, covered disco songs and Janis Joplin. A later band, Flyer, was active in the New York metropolitan area, singing songs by bands including Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane, and Logan's favorite, Led Zeppelin. Although She was performing on stage and loving that part, she was not happy singing covers. One night, while singing a cover of Kiki Dee's "I've Got the Music in Me" in 1974, her voice gave out. But it came back shortly after, and Lauper continued to sing in cover bands and a Janis Joplin tribute act. Then, in 1977, Cyndi's pipes said no more. Her voice disappeared again, and doctors discovered that she'd suffered a collapsed vocal cord.   Recommended by her temporary replacement in the Joplin cover band, Lauper sought the help of vocal coach Katie Agresta. She helped heal Cyndi and provided her with the tools and techniques to prevent it from happening again. Agresta also helped her realize that she was singing the wrong music entirely, discovering that she was more suited to pop, not hard rock. As Lauper wrote in her memoir, "[I realized] what I was aching for — to sing my own songs, in my own voice, in my own style, that I made up myself." In 1978, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt. Turi and Lauper formed a band named Blue Angel, Combining a New Wave look with a '60s throwback sound, and recorded a demo tape of original music. Steve Massarsky, manager of The Allman Brothers Band, heard the tape and liked Lauper's voice. He bought Blue Angel's contract for $5,000 and became their manager. "The playing was bad. There was something interesting about the singer's voice, but that was all," he later told Rolling Stone. Massarky set up a few major label showcases, but they all thought the same thing; the band wasn't great, but the singer was something special. Lauper received recording offers as a solo artist but held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. She even turned down the chance to record a song by herself for the soundtrack to the MeatLoaf movie Roadie, produced by legendary disco song crafter Giorgio Moroder, the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. Blue Angel was eventually signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980. Lauper hated the artwork, saying it made her look like Big Bird. Still, Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003). Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly ("It went lead," as Lauper later joked), and the band broke up. The members of Blue Angel had a falling-out with Massarsky and fired him as their manager. He later filed an $80,000 suit against them, which forced Cyndi into bankruptcy. She then temporarily lost her voice due to an inverted cyst in her vocal cord.   After Blue Angel broke up, Cyndi worked in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP (which she quit after being demoted to the hostess when the manager sexually harassed her), and singing in local clubs. Her most frequent gigs were at El Sombrero, which sounds like they have amazing chimichangas. Music critics who saw Her perform with Blue Angel believed she had star potential due to her four-octave singing range, which was not an easy feat. Then, in 1981, while singing in a local New York bar, Cyndi met David Wolff. He took over as her manager and had her sign a recording contract with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records. On October 14, 1983, Cyndi released her first solo album,"  She's So Unusual." The album became a worldwide hit, peaking at No. 4 in the U.S. and reaching the top five in eight other countries. She became extremely popular with teenagers and critics, partly due to her hybrid punk image, which was crafted by stylist Patrick Lucas.   Lauper co-wrote four songs on She's So Unusual, including the hits "Time After Time" and "She Bop." On the songs she did not write, Lauper sometimes changed the lyrics. Such is the case with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," originally written and recorded by Robert Hazard, which you can find on YouTube, and it's pretty awesome. She found the original lyrics misogynistic, so she rewrote the song as an anthem for young women.    The album includes five cover songs, including The Brains' new wave track "Money Changes Everything" (No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100) and Prince's "When You Were Mine." The album made Cyndi Lauper the first female artist to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 top five hits from one album. The L.P. has stayed in the Top 200 charts for over 65 weeks and sold 16 million copies worldwide.   Cyndi won Best New Artist at the 1985 Grammy Awards. She's So Unusual also received nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), and Song of the Year (for "Time After Time"). She wore almost a pound of necklaces at her award ceremony. It also won the Grammy for Best Album Package, which went to the art director, Janet Perr.   The video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" won the inaugural award for Best Female Video at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, making Cyndi an MTV staple. The video featured professional wrestling manager "Captain" Lou Albano as Lauper's father and her real-life mother, Catrine, as her mother, and also featured her attorney, her manager, her brother Butch, and her dog Sparkle. She was a huge wrestling fan. In 1984–85, Cyndi appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone magazine, Time, and Newsweek. In addition, she appeared twice on the cover of People and was named a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year in 1985.   In 1985, she participated in "USA for Africa's" famine-relief fund-raising single "We Are the World," which has sold more than 20 million copies since then.   At the Grammys in 1985, She appeared with another professional wrestler, a Mr. Terry" Hulk" Hogan, who played her "bodyguard." "'The Grammy means a lot to me,' said Cyndi (in the arms of Hulk Hogan) after winning Best New Artist, 'Because I never thought I would amount to anything. I always wanted to make art.'" She would later make many appearances as herself in a number of the World Wrestling Federation's "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" events and played Wendi Richter's manager in the very first WrestleMania event. Dave Wolff, Lauper's boyfriend and manager at the time, was a wrestling fan as a boy and helped set up the rock and wrestling connection.   In 1985, Cyndi released the single "The Goonies' R' Good Enough," from the soundtrack to the movie The Goonies and an accompanying video that featured several wrestling stars. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.   She then received two nominations at the 1986 Grammy Awards: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "What a Thrill" and Best Long Form Music Video for Cyndi Lauper in Paris.   Cyndi released her second album, "True Colors," in 1986. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 42 and has sold roughly 7 million copies.   In 1986, She appeared on the Billy Joel album The Bridge, with a song called "Code of Silence." She is credited with having written the lyrics with Joel, and she sings a duet with him. In the same year, Cyndi also sang the theme song for Pee-wee's Playhouse, credited as "Ellen Shaw." In 1987, David Wolff produced a concert film called Cyndi Lauper in Paris. The concert was broadcast on HBO.   Cyndi made her film debut in August 1988 in the comedy Vibes, alongside a nobody named Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk, and Julian Sands. She played a psychic in search of a city of gold in South America. To prepare for the role, Cyndi took a few finger-waving and hair-setting classes at the Robert Fiancé School of Beauty in New York and studied with a few Manhattan psychics. The film flopped and was poorly received by critics but would later be considered a cult classic.   Cyndi then contributed a track called "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)" for the Vibes soundtrack, but the song was not included. Instead, a high-energy, comic action/adventure romp through a Chinese laundry video for the song was released. The song reached No. 54 on the U.S. charts, but did way better in Australia, reaching No. 8. Cyndi's third album, A Night to Remember, was released in 1989. The album had one hit, the No. 6 single "I Drove All Night," originally recorded by Roy Orbison, three years before his death on December 6, 1988. Cyndi received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards for That track. Still, overall, album sales for the album were down. A side note; The music video for the song "My First Night Without You" was one of the first to be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. That record sold around 1.3 million copies.   Due to her friendship with a familiar name here at Icons and Outlaws, Yoko Ono, Cyndi was a part of the May 1990 John Lennon tribute concert in Liverpool. She performed the Beatles song "Hey Bulldog" and the John Lennon song "Working Class Hero." She was also involved in Sean Lennon's project, "The Peace Choir, "performing a new version of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance."   Shortly after, the album was met with a dismal response, and she split with her boyfriend and manager, David Wolff. Cyndi lived alone in a New York hotel, emotionally drained and considering suicide. "I had come so far but felt like I had failed," she wrote in Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir (via Bullyville). "I would go to the studio, and then sit in my dark room and drink vodka. I had to spend most of my time alone. I was grieving. I thought the sadness would never go away." Indirectly, it was Cyndi's best-known song that encouraged her to try to crawl out of her low place: "The only thing that always ­prevented me from suicide is that I never wanted a headline to read, 'Girl who wanted to have fun just didn't.'" On November 24, 1991, Cyndi married actor David Thornton, who's been in home alone 3, John Q with Denzel, and that god-awful tear-jerker, the Notebook.   Cyndi's fourth album, "Hat Full of Stars," was released in June 1993 and was met with critical acclaim but failed commercially, unsupported by her label. The album tackled topics like homophobia, spousal abuse, racism, and abortion, sold fewer than 120,000 copies in the United States and peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard charts. The album's song "Sally's Pigeons" video features the then-unknown Julia Stiles playing a young Cyndi. You may remember Julia from ten things I hate about you, alongside a young Heath Ledger.   In 1993, Cyndi returned to acting, playing Michael J. Fox's ditzy secretary in the movie Life with Mikey. She also won an Emmy Award for her role as Marianne Lugasso in the hugely popular sitcom Mad About You with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. On November 19, 1997, Cyndi gave birth to her son, Declyn Wallace Lauper Thornton, who is now a trap rapper. Her fifth album," Sisters of Avalon," was released in Japan in 1996 and worldwide in 1997. Just like "Hat Full of Stars," some songs on "Sisters of Avalon" addressed dark themes. The song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life. The song "Say a Prayer" was written for a friend who had died from AIDS. "Unhook the Stars" was used in the movie of the same name. Again without support from her label, the release failed in America, spending a week on the Billboard album chart at No. 188. This album also received much critical praise, including People magazine, which declared it "'90s nourishment for body and soul. Lauper sets a scene, makes us care, gives us hope." Let's just say it… her label sucks!   On January 17, 1999, Cyndi appeared as an animated version of herself in The Simpsons episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken." She sang the National Anthem to the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" melody. That same year, she opened for Cher's Do You Believe? Tour alongside Wild Orchid. Yeah, that group with a young Fergie. Cyndi also appeared in the films "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" and The "Opportunists." In addition, she contributed to the soundtrack of the 2000 animated film, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, performing the song "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever." On October 12, 2000, Cyndi took part in the television show Women in Rock, Girls with Guitars performing with Ann Wilson of Heart and with the girl group Destiny's Child and the queen B herself!. A CD of the songs performed was released exclusively to Sears stores from September 30 to October 31, 2001, and was marketed as a fundraiser for breast cancer.   In 2002, Sony issued a best-of CD, The Essential Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi also released a cover album with Sony/Epic Records entitled At Last (formerly Naked City), which was released in 2003. At Last received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for "Unchained Melody." The effort was also a commercial hit, selling 4.5 million records.    In April 2004, Cyndi performed during the VH1's benefit concert, "Divas Live" 2004, alongside Ashanti, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, and Patti LaBelle. This event supported the Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. She made appearances on Showtime's hit show "Queer as Folk" in 2005, directed a commercial for the Totally 80s edition of the board game Trivial Pursuit in 2006, served as a judge on the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards, and made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated "The Threepenny Opera" playing "Jenny." In addition, she performed with Shaggy, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots, Pat Monahan of Train, Ani DiFranco, and The Hooters in the VH1 Classics special Decades Rock Live. In 2006, she sang "Message To Michael" with Dionne Warwick and "Beecharmer" with Nellie McKay on McKay's Pretty Little Head album.   On October 16, 2006, Cyndi was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2007, she served as a guest performer on the song "Lady in Pink" on an episode of the Nick Jr. show, The Backyardigans. Cyndi's sixth studio album, "Bring Ya to the Brink," was released in the United States on May 27, 2008. Regarded as one of her best works when it was released, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has regarded the album track 'High and Mighty' as one of her essential songs. The album would be Cyndi's last release to date of original material, in addition to being her last for Epic Records, her label since her 1983 debut solo album. The album debuted at #41 on the Billboard 200, with 12,000 copies sold. Other projects for 2008 included the True Colors Tour and a Christmas duet with Swedish band The Hives, entitled "A Christmas Duel." The song was released as a CD single and a 7" vinyl in Sweden. Lauper also performed on "Girls Night Out," headlining it with Rosie O'Donnell in the U.S.   On November 17, 2009, Cyndi performed with Wyclef Jean in a collaboration called "Slumdog Millionaire," on The Late Show with David Letterman. In January 2010, Mattel released a Cyndi Lauper Barbie doll as part of their "Ladies of the 80s" series.   In March 2010, Cyndi appeared on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice with the then-future president, Donald Trump, coming in sixth place.   Cyndi's 7th studio album, Memphis Blues, was released on June 22, 2010, and debuted on the Billboard Blues Albums chart at No. 1 and at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200. The album remained No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart for 14 consecutive weeks; Memphis Blues was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards. According to the Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo, the album had sold 600,000 copies worldwide by November 2010. In addition, Cyndi set out on her most extensive tour ever, the Memphis Blues Tour, which had more than 140 shows, to support the album.   Cyndi made international news in March 2011 for an impromptu performance of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" while waiting for a delayed flight at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires. A video was later posted on YouTube.   In November 2011, she released two Christmas singles exclusive to iTunes. The first release was a Blues-inspired cover of Elvis Presley's classic "Blue Christmas," and the second was a new version of "Home for the holidays," a duet with Norah Jones. In June 2012, Lauper made her first appearance for WWE in 27 years to promote WWE Raw's 1000th episode to memorialize "Captain" Lou Albano.   In September 2012, Cyndi performed at fashion designer Betsey Johnson's 40-year Retrospective Fashion show. She also released a New York Times best-selling memoir, "Cyndi Lauper A Memoir," which detailed her struggle with child abuse and depression.   Cyndi then composed music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, with Harvey Fierstein writing the book. The musical was based on the 2006 independent film Kinky Boots. The musical tells the story of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory from his father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. It opened in Chicago in October 2012 and on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013. She won Best Score for Kinky Boots in May at the 63rd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. The musical led the 2013 Tony Awards, with 13 nominations and six wins, including Best Musical and Best Actor. In addition, she won the award for Best Original Score. Cyndi was the first woman to win solo in this category. After a six-year run and 2,507 regular shows, Kinky Boots ended its Broadway run on April 7, 2019. It is the 25th-longest-running Broadway musical in history. It grossed $297 million on Broadway.    In the summer of 2013, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album "She's So Unusual," Cyndi embarked on an international tour covering America and Australia. The show consisted of a mix of fan favorites and the entirety of the She's So Unusual record.  She stated:"  It's been such an amazing year for me. When I realized it's also the anniversary of the album that started my solo career, I knew it was the perfect time to thank my fans for sticking with me through it all. I'm so excited to perform She's So Unusual from beginning to end, song by song and I can't wait to see everyone!" The tourtour grossed over $1 million   She was a guest on 36 dates of Cher's Dressed to Kill tour, starting April 23, 2014. In addition, a new album was confirmed by her in a website interview.   Cyndi hosted the Grammy Pre-Telecast at the Nokia Theatre, L.A., on January 26,  later accepting a Grammy for Kinky Boots (for Best Musical Theater Album).   On April 1 (March 1 in Europe), Cyndi released the 30th Anniversary edition of She's So Unusual through Epic Records. It featured a remastered version of the original album plus three new remixes. The Deluxe Edition featured bonus tracks such as demos, a live recording, and a 3D cut-out of the bedroom featured in the 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' music video with a reusable sticker set.   On September 17, 2014, Cyndi sang on the finale of America's Got Talent. Then, on September 25, as part of the Today Show's "Shine a Light" series, she re-recorded "True Colors" in a mashup with Sara Bareilles' "Brave" to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer. By October, the project had raised over $300,000.   The Songwriters Hall of Fame added Cyndi to its nomination list in October 2014. Also, her fourth consecutive 'Home for the Holidays' benefit concert for homeless gay youth was announced in October. Acts included 50 Cent and Laverne Cox, with 100% of the net proceeds going to True Colors United. In July 2015, She announced a project with producer Seymour Stein. She later told Rolling Stone it was a country album co-produced by Tony Brown.   On September 15, 2015, Kinky Boots opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.   In January 2016, Cyndi announced she would release a new album on May 6, 2016. This record was made up of her interpretations of early country classics entitled "Detour." The announcement was supported by a release of her version of Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number" and a performance on Skyville Live with Kelsea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaelson. Then, on February 17, 2016, she released her version of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love."   In February 2016, Cyndi was nominated for an Olivier Award for contributing to the U.K. production of the play "Kinky Boots" along with Stephen Oremus, the man in charge of the arrangements. In January 2017, this production's album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.   In May 2016, she was featured on "Swipe to the Right" from Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise by French producer Jean-Michel Jarre. This second album of the Electronica project is based on collaborations with artists like Tangerine Dream, Moby, Pet Shop Boys, and more.   In October 2016, her son Dex Lauper was the opening act for her in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, for her dates on her Detour Tour.   In January 2017, Cyndi was featured on Austin City Limits' 42nd season, performing some classic bangers alongside some of her country tunes from the "Detour." album. The episode aired on PBS.   In March 2018, it was announced that Cyndi and co- "Time After Time" songwriter Rob Hyman would compose the score for the musical version of the 1988 film "Working Girl." Ya know the movie that starred Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver. She teamed up with Hyman because she wanted "the music to sound like the 80s". The musical would be staged by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley. A developmental production premiere of the musical is planned for the 2021/2022 season.   For Grandin Road, Cyndi exclusively designed her own Christmas collection, 'Cyndi Lauper Loves Christmas', available from September 2018. "I've always loved Christmas. It reminds me to find some happiness in the little things," she said.   Her annual Home For The Holidays concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York was held on December 8, 2018.   Cyndi guest starred, playing a lawyer in an episode of the reboot of the television series Magnum P.I.. The episode, titled "Sudden Death", aired on October 22, 2018.   On November 15, 2018, iBillboard announced that Cyndi would receive the Icon Award at the Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music Event on December 6 in New York City. According to Billboard's editorial director, Jason Lipshutz, "The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper's pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true icon."    The song "Together" was featured in the Canadian computer-animated film Race time, released in January 2019. Originally written and performed in French by Dumas, Cyndi performed the English translation in the English version of the film initially titled La Course des tuques.   On June 26, 2019, she performed at the opening ceremony of Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019. Backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Cyndi played two concerts on July 12 and 13, 2019, at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.   In September 2019, it was announced that Cyndi would star alongside Jane Lynch in the new Netflix comedy series described as "kind of The Golden Girls for today." However, as of March 2021, there have been no updates on this project. On April 23, 2020, Cyndi participated in an online fundraising concert to raise money for LGBTQ nightlife workers who struggled financially because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her finale was her performing "True Colors." The show was initiated by the Stonewall Inn Gives Back nonprofit organization of the historic Greenwich Village gay bar.    In November 2020, She dueted with former top ten "American Idol" finalist Casey Abrams on a cover version of the song 'Eve of Destruction.   In November last year, Shea Diamond featured Cyndi as a guest vocalist on the track 'Blame it on Christmas.' An official video was released in December.   She then performed at this year's MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Show, honoring folk icon Joni Mitchell on April 1.   It was announced in May this year that Alison Ellwood will direct a career retrospective documentary about Cyndi. The project is already in production but does not yet have a release date. "Let The Canary Sing" will be the title of this career-spanning documentary produced by Sony Music Entertainment.   Still killing it after all these years!   "Shes So Unusual" ranked No. 487 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. In addition, the album ranked No. 41 on Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012.   "Time After Time" has been covered by over a hundred artists and was ranked at No. 22 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years and at No. 19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.   "She Bop," the third single from She's So Unusual, is the first and only top ten song to directly mention a gay porn magazine. An ode to masturbation, it was included in the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list, which led to the parental advisory sticker appearing on recordings thought to be unsuitable for young listeners. Rolling Stone ranked it the 36th best song of 1984, praising its unusual playfulness regarding sexuality.   "True Colors" is now considered a gay anthem, after which True Colors United, which advocates for runaway and homeless LGBT youth, is so “colorfully” named.   Info used from: Nickiswift.com Wikipedia.com

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The Power Chord Hour Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 29:51


I had the chance for a quick chat with legendary songwriter Don McLean to talk about:- 50 years of American Pie and what Don credits for the songs longevity- Performing at the Surf Ballroom on the anniversary of The Day the Music Died- Continuing to grow your live act and going on tour this summer- The release of the new children's book American Pie: A Fable- The importance of controlling dynamics between the voice and the guitar- Talking with Ritchie Valens sister and the terrible way she learned of her brothers death- Don's early days of playing coffee houses as a teenager- Dissecting the lyrics of one of the biggest songs of all time for the new documentary "The Day The Music Died - The Story of Don McLeans American Pie" & much more!Follow Don McLean -https://donmclean.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8211Zt_HQJWDD0Bj6cenQwhttps://www.instagram.com/thedonmcleanhttps://twitter.com/donmcleanhttps://www.facebook.com/DonMcLeanCheck out the Power Chord Hour radio show every Friday night at 10 to midnight est on 107.9 WRFA in Jamestown, NY. Stream the station online at wrfalp.com/streaming/ or listen on the WRFA app.powerchordhour@gmail.comInstagram - www.instagram.com/powerchordhourTwitter - www.twitter.com/powerchordhourFacebook - www.facebook.com/powerchordhourYoutube - www.youtube.com/channel/UC6jTfzjB3-mzmWM-51c8LggSpotify Episode Playlists - https://open.spotify.com/user/kzavhk5ghelpnthfby9o41gnr?si=4WvOdgAmSsKoswf_HTh_MgDonate to help show costs - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/pchanthony

Holly Jolly X'masu
Episode 51 - Goro "Smiley" Asahina's "Dancing Through Blue Christmas"

Holly Jolly X'masu

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 40:38


Welcome to episode 51 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I'll be discussing Goro “Smiley” Asahina's 1967 album, “Dancing Through Blue Christmas.” Just speaking as a collector, this is the sort of album I live for. Not only is it virtually unknown, both here and in Japan, but it contains an original song that can only be found here. Finding songs and albums like this are a huge thrill. As a result, the episodes where I cover music that can truly only be heard here are even more enjoyable. I hope you've enjoyed listening to “Dancing Through Blue Christmas,” and learning at least a little about Goro “Smiley” Asahina. He's a unique figure, at least among the musicians I've researched, in that he was so closely tied not just to the US military, but to one base in particular. Be sure to join me back here in June as I kick off the summer months with a pair of truly enjoyable albums. Up first is “Xmas Home Party” by Naozumi Yamamoto. He's joined by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and famed pianist Norio Maeda. Then join me on the 25th for Naomi Sagara's 1975 album, “White Christmas.” She was an extremely popular singer throughout the 1970s with an outstanding voice. They're both great albums, and you're sure to enjoy them. As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you'd like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know. Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I've also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I'll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

Jukebox Club
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas : Jukebox Saturday Night (reupload)

Jukebox Club

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 11:47


Follow us on things! Anchor - https://anchor.fm/jukebox-club Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5P20KOCQ0K6BiabpcK6Ckv?si=MdvEjILfTquHUNFg96gR4w&dl_branch=1 Discord - https://discord.gg/caVkXfEteu Instagram - @jukeboxclubpodcast Twitter - @JukeboxClubPod --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jukebox-club/message

Grace & Truth
Blue Christmas

Grace & Truth

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 60:31


In this special Blue Christmas service we take the time to reflect on the struggles and sorrows that many endure during the Christmas season.

Grace CMA Sermons
Blue Christmas 12.11.21

Grace CMA Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 79:28


Anchored in Christ
148 (Dec. 19, '21) Another Road - Blue Christmas service

Anchored in Christ

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 17:52


Special service of worship on Dec. 19, 2021. Some people struggle to be joyful at Christmas, for a variety of reasons. And it's possible you may be mostly "OK", but still struggle with some sadness or disappointments. Here is your opportunity to connect with the God who loves you, no matter what you're going through. Sermon preached by Elder Kara Kniker. This evening's bulletin is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UzGdl9ezIQ753a6OueufYKgNRRduMNpl/edit?rtpof=true&sd=true Please consider donating to Old South Presbyterian Church and our ministries here: https://www.oldsouthnbpt.org/giving​​... We would like to get to know you! Please connect with Old South here: https://www.oldsouthnbpt.org/contact-us Leading worship: Elder Kara Kniker, Preacher Reverend Dr. Tim Dolan, Pastor and Liturgist Yerim Kang, Pianist, Organist Deborah Owen, Vocalist Debbie Dolan, Vocalist Amanda Zeller, Vocalist Kara Kniker, Vocalist Find out more about Old South: https://www.oldsouthnbpt.org/​​​​​​​​​​​ This is from the podcast, Anchored in Christ, coming to you from Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, MA. ​​​​​​​​​​​ Old South was founded in 1756 as a home base for itinerant power preacher, George Whitefield (who preached to as many as 25,000 people on Boston Common). But it's not a museum; it's a living church with vibrant membership, as you'll discover when you listen to these sermons. If you are ever near Newburyport, Mass. on a Sunday morning, please join us for worship. Come as you are; all are welcome!

Rob Talks To Himself
Episode 93. Blue Christmas.

Rob Talks To Himself

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 25:34


Oops, forgot to record... here's the definitive sad boy Christmas recap.

Grace Church Ministries Sermon Podcast

Austin Duncan • Psalm 88:1-88:18 • Grace Community Church

Grace Pulpit Sermon Podcast
A Blue Christmas

Grace Pulpit Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 59:35


Austin Duncan • Psalm 88:1-88:18

Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion University City
The Rev. Mike Angell: Blue Christmas And Holding It All

Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion University City

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 14:49


To be a follower of Jesus, you don't need to be merry and bright all the time. The Son of God could be a bit of a mess, held complex emotions, what makes you think you're going to be any different?

The Unlearning Podcast
18: Blue Christmas

The Unlearning Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 11:48


Merry Christmas! For anyone going through a difficult season this holiday, Ashley wants to encourage you to have faith in God, even when God is silent. Today's podcast episode is on trusting in God's love, even when God seems silent. This episode was adapted from a sermon Ashley gave at a Blue Christmas service on December 21, 2021. You can connect with Ashley on Instagram or Twitter at @ashleylhengst or head to her website at ashleylhengst.com

Champion Church of the Nazarene Podcast
The Life Changing Gift

Champion Church of the Nazarene Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 15:45


Rev. Matt Slater | Titus 2:11-14 | Our Christmas Eve message. Merry Christmas! Programming note: there will not be an episode Sunday, Dec. 26 as we will be having our Blue Christmas service.

The Acid Capitalist podcasts

Ever attended a Hedge Fund Christmas Party? We've super charged the subtitles as we welcome back the Scottish tornado, Chris Sweeney to once more chronicle the inner workings of Hugh's orthogonal Eclectica Fund. The boys use his monthly client letters as a Hedge Fund boot camp to reveal what he was really thinking at the time and why he made the decisions he did. No Hedge Fund wannabee can afford to miss the journey to the present day where Hugh reveals and expounds upon his latest macro insights and his chagrin for those that got away.This week, we examine Hugh's relationship with Crispin Odey, his vexation at seeing music business valuations explode to the upside this year. He rues his failure to buy EMI back in 2005 when valuations where just 5% to 10% of today's levels. It all makes for A Blue Christmas, the boys are channelling Elvis as they pick over this week's big currency gyrations from Turkey, a country of 85 million inhabitants with a GDP equal to less than a quarter of the value of Apple's stock market capitalisation. Apples and Turkey...merry Christmas one and all.

ReadingAloud
83. Blue Christmas

ReadingAloud

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 19:37


Marisol and Adam discuss the complexities of Christmas in the time of Corona. The episode starts off with Adam and Marisol sharing favorite holiday traditions of quite, Christmas lights, church services, and music. Moving into current day, Marisol and Adam get vulnerable about their experience of anxiety, fear, expectations, joy, sadness, and anger surrounding Covid-19 at Christmas. They discuss the relenting variants that cause a whiplash of emotions in some and exhaustion and burn out in others and their perspective on how the pressure of the holiday can add to this. Finding stillness, light, and peace Marisol and Adam hope for all of their listeners experiencing a blue Christmas, a little bit of magic this season. We hope this episode resonates with you. Thanks for listening in, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Want more Reading Aloud Podcast? Check us out athttps://readingaloud.captivate.fm/ ( https://readingaloud.captivate.fm) (Subscribe, Download, and Review) Follow along on this journey though life onhttps://www.instagram.com/readingaloudpodcast/ ( Instagram) orhttps://www.facebook.com/ReadingAloudPodcast ( facebook) at @readingaloudpodcast or send us a message athttps://my.captivate.fm/readingaloudlove@gmail.com ( readingaloudlove@gmail.com)

The Thriving Practitioner Podcast

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Andrew's Daily Five
Andrew's Daily Five: The 12 Days of Christmas Music: Day 9

Andrew's Daily Five

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 12:03


The 12 Days of Christmas Music: Day 9Intro/Outro: One Little Christmas Tree by Stevie Wonder10. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley (Andrew)10. Frosty the Snowman by Jimmy Durante (Aaron)9. White Christmas by Bing Crosby (Andrew)9. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder (Aaron)8. The Christmas Song by Nat "King" Cole (Andrew)Vote on your favorite song from today's episode!

Zion UMC York
Blue Christmas: Be Not Far From Me

Zion UMC York

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 18:41


Rev. Joshua Rhone preaches from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11, Psalm 22, and Luke 2.1-7, on December 19, 2021, at Zion Church, a United Methodist congregation, in York, Pennsylvania. In this evening's message, we wrestle with the hurts, pains, and losses of life. Throughout the evening's service we gave voice to and named these things, and offered them to God in faith. In the sermon Pastor Josh shines a light on the healing and hope that God is working to bring about. To financially support the ministries of Zion Church, you can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift by visiting Zion Church's online giving page.

Praise Through It
Blue Christmas: Faint & Faith

Praise Through It

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 10:03


Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for *everyone*. Various life circumstances and happenings can steal the joy of the season right from us. We experience grief, hurt, faintness of heart, and messy spirits. The good news, though? No matter the state of our hearts? Christmas with Jesus offers grace, healing, faithfulness & mercy. We bring him grief; He gives us grace. We bring him hurt; He offers healing. We bring him faintness of heart; He remains faithful. We bring him our messy spirits & selves; He extends mercy. Join me for this four-part series, each episode a snippet of hope if your Christmas is more blue than it is merry & bright. // Find extra encouragement on Instagram: @elisapreston Join my Friday Crew! Framed by the Enneagram, we go through adulting & personality tips. Quick, actionable, helpful & entertaining! Plus, exclusive access to extra Enneagram content each week. Join me!

Friday Night Karaoke
A Merry Karaoke Christmas

Friday Night Karaoke

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 78:01


It's Season 2, Episode 3 of the Friday Night Karaoke Podcast, and the theme was Christmas Songs (A Merry Karaoke Christmas).It's that time of the year, and the incredible karaoke rockstars in the Friday Night Karaoke FB group pulled out all the stops with some of the most amazing karaoke renditions of holiday songs we have ever had the pleasure of listening to. In this special episode, we recorded video as well as audio - feel free to give it a watch here (and join the FNK FB community for free while you're at it!): https://fb.watch/9ZyXfBskGZ/Featured in this episode alongside hosts Mike Wiston and Joe Rubin:- Joe Rubin with Let It Snow by Frank Sinatra- Jennifer Adams with Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire by Bob Rivers- Dana LaValle & Toni Kane with I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd- Andrew Crawford with I'll Be Home For Christmas by Bing Crosby- Karen Kolar & "Maddigity" with Baby, There's "Covid" Outside by Original- Katie Rose with Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt- Heather Bianchi with Stay Another Day by East 17- Kelly Wilson with Blue Christmas by Elvis - Ron Green with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland- Eric Dubrofsky & Heather Gurani with Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard & Dick Smith- Mike Wiston with Xmas by Corey Taylor- Sherman Cox with Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bing Crosby- Isabel Aguilar, Dana LaValle, Eric Dubrofsky with Feliz Navidad by Jose felicinoLove what you hear? Join the official Friday Night Karaoke FB group, a completely negativity free karaoke destination, and be part of the action! www.facebook.com/groups/fridaynightkaraoke. Hope to see you there!

Ronnie McBrayer
”Let‘s Get This Over With:” Facing a Blue Christmas

Ronnie McBrayer

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 23:28


"Let's get this over with." That's what Elvis Presley said just before recording the now classic Christmas song, "Blue Christmas." In this talk Ronnie talks about how the holidays can have that exact effect on us, but how we can still find lasting joy for this season and beyond.

Bloom Kids Story Podcast
Finding Nemo A Big Blue Christmas

Bloom Kids Story Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 6:20


Finding Nemo A Big Blue Christmas Read aloud stories for kids

A Bit of Swazz: The Cardiff City Podcast

It's a festive special this week as Cardiff City legend Nathan Blake, Dan Tyte and Brandon Richards dig into Bluebirds' news and nostalgia. The boys chat second half comebacks, defensive frailties, January dealings, Steve Morison's progression and Boxing Day blues. Under duress, Nathan shares his Christmas party fancy dress outfit, Dan gets into a cold sweat about Peterborough away and Brandon picks a leftfield choice for his favourite ever City kit. Jason Mohammad's Mint or Moan is a love letter to Mark McGuinness. Like, subscribe and get your five star reviews in!A Jams and Mr B production.@SwazzPod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Praise Through It
Blue Christmas: Mess & Mercy

Praise Through It

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 8:15


Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for *everyone*. Various life circumstances and happenings can steal the joy of the season right from us. We experience grief, hurt, faintness of heart, and messy spirits. The good news, though? No matter the state of our hearts? Christmas with Jesus offers grace, healing, faithfulness & mercy. We bring him grief; He gives us grace. We bring him hurt; He offers healing. We bring him faintness of heart; He remains faithful. We bring him our messy spirits & selves; He extends mercy. Join me for this four-part series, each episode a snippet of hope if your Christmas is more blue than it is merry & bright. // Find extra encouragement on Instagram: @elisapreston Join my Friday Crew! Framed by the Enneagram, we go through adulting & personality tips. Quick, actionable, helpful & entertaining! Plus, exclusive access to extra Enneagram content each week. Join me!

Dr. Paul's Family Talk
"Dr. Paul's Family Talk" (12-13-21)

Dr. Paul's Family Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 59:59


NOW YOU CAN CLICK ON THE TIMELINE TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE SEGMENT(S) OR LISTEN TO THE WHOLE SHOW! Please check out our full radio show, or snippets contained within, from Monday, December 13 2021, wherein we discussed: 0:00 - Hello, Introduction, Update, and Today's Show Details 3:15 - Arrogant Al Entered the Fray  3:56 - Different Sound Today ... Data Was LOST! 5:46 - Paul's Take on the School Shootings at Oxford Schools 14:08 - LIVE SINGING Segment, wherein "Elvis Presley" came in to sing "Blue Christmas", with assistance from "Hicksville Harry", "Cannabis Carl", and "Paranoid Pete". As Al always says, what could possibly go wrong? 28:24 - Paul's Interview With Counselor/Author, SHOUBERTE JEAN-BAPTISTE 57:49 - JOKES!!! As a reminder, you can catch all of our live shows on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 am (ET) on "Impact Radio USA", through the following site: http://www.ImpactRadioUSA.com (click on LISTEN NOW) (NOTE: Each live show is also repeated at 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. ET on the same day) Enjoy!

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
Blue Christmas Service - December 4, 2021

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 29:05


A contemplative service for those for whom the holidays are hard - or for those who simply seek a quiet place apart to enter the season. Please join us for scripture, song and prayer as we tend gently to our innermost beings. Permission to stream "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" obtained from CCLI, license #439058. All rights reserved. "Megan's Song" and "A blue So blue" written and performed by Carly Fox and streamed by permission. All rights reserved.

Sacred Justice Podcasts
Sacred Justice Podcast – Ep 20: It’s A Blue Christmas

Sacred Justice Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 63:47


The Holidays aren't always “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.” Join Mia and Ben as they discuss grief, lamentation rituals, and loss. Content Warning: There is mention of suicide in this episode. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones....

Faithfully Memphis
The Reverend Tom Momberg in conversation with John Ashworth

Faithfully Memphis

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 54:30


In this episode of Faithfully Memphis, the Reverend Tom Momberg, priest in charge of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, is joined in conversation with his good friend John Ashworth for a discussion on the theme of "becoming beloved community one friendship at a time." The two met through their mutual work with the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis. Fr. Tom also talks about St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, whose feast day is observed on December 6. In addition, Emily Austin talks about "Longest Night" services, typically held during the Advent season. Also called "Blue Christmas" services, these worship services honor the feelings of loss and sadness that are often silently endured during the holiday season. Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis will offer a Service for the Longest Nights on December 19 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more at holycommunion.org.

Carbon Layer Podcast
Blue Christmas

Carbon Layer Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 25:46


It's the most wonderful time of the year!Except when its…not.  Maybe your holidays aren't so happy. The concept of a “blue Christmas” gives space to recognize the hardship amidst the hope of the season. That way the darkness can be offered to the light, and the light can relieve the pain. Sit with Chaplain Mike and Lisa the Social Worker as we explore dealing with hardships in the holiday season, from our own stories in the midst of the Christmas story and other narratives of the holiday season. And we give you space to meditate or pray through the losses of this past year. It's okay to acknowledge the pain – it can lead to fuller joy.Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Want to provide feedback or ask a question for a future episode? Contact us at carbonlayerpodcast@gmail.com !More info from the show:More on the blue Christmas idea from a Christian leader perspective: https://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/podcast/detail/Dont-Forget-the-Blue-in-Christmas/ Setting up a blue Christmas service for you or your friends: https://lovedoesthat.org/2021/11/30/offering-a-blue-christmas-service-to-honor-the-loss-and-cling-to-the-hope/ Each of the above offers different uses of the Advent wreath; we focus on the first one for our mediation. More on Advent and the Advent Wreath:https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/churchs-year/times-and-seasons/advent#mmm18  Thought you were getting Elvis Presley? Well… here ya go…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6WnnZRSKYs 

Anxiety Sucks!
Surviving Blue Christmas Vibes

Anxiety Sucks!

Play Episode Play 55 sec Highlight Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 41:42


On this episode of NAMI-OC's Declassified Anxiety Survival Guide, host Philip, Breann, and Amanda talk about the holiday season! Join us as we dive into homesickness, handling finals, FOMO on holiday traditions, being overwhelmed by taking on too much, and how we take time for ourselves each holiday season and most importantly is Home Alone the greatest holiday movie?  In this episode, our hosts talk about:Feelings of being away from home for the first timeFinals, festivities, and family can be overwhelmingStaying connected with friends and family Holiday themed self-care Connect With Us: NAMI Orange County Website Email us: anxietysucks@namioc.orgLet us know your thoughts!Instagram; @nami_ocTikTok @nami_ocSpotify Resources:OC WarmLine, call or text at (714) 991-6412NAMI-OC's Teens and Young Adult Virtual Bulletin BoardNAMI-OC's Face To Face Program NAMI-OC's Peer Connector ProgramCrisis line, OC WarmLine, and crisis groupsDisclaimer:NAMI OC's Declassified Anxiety Survival Guide is for informational/educational and/or entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric advice, diagnosis, or treatment.NAMI OC's Declassified Anxiety Survival  Guide is funded by Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Behavioral Health Services, Prevention & Intervention, Mental Health Services ACT/Prop. 63. 

Praise Through It
Blue Christmas: Hurt & Hope

Praise Through It

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 8:00


Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for *everyone*. Various life circumstances and happenings can steal the joy of the season right from us. We experience grief, hurt, faintness of heart, and messy spirits. The good news, though? No matter the state of our hearts? Christmas with Jesus offers grace, healing, faithfulness & mercy. We bring him grief; He gives us grace. We bring him hurt; He offers healing & hope. We bring him faintness of heart; He remains faithful. We bring him our messy spirits & selves; He extends mercy. Join me for this four-part series, each episode a snippet of hope if your Christmas is more blue than it is merry & bright. // Find extra encouragement on Instagram: @elisapreston Join my Friday Crew! Framed by the Enneagram, we go through adulting & personality tips. Quick, actionable, helpful & entertaining! Plus, exclusive access to extra Enneagram content each week. Join me!

Let's Encourage One Another
Offering a Blue Christmas Service to Honor the Loss and Cling to the Hope

Let's Encourage One Another

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 13:24


A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the tension of experiencing grief and heartache in a season of celebration, how it can be hard to hold those two things together in a way that feels authentic and true. And I gave you three truths to hold onto when it came to going through a difficult holiday season of your own.  But today we're talking about difficult holidays from a different angle, and that is, how do we support those in our churches and communities who are grieving this holiday season? How do we acknowledge their loss even amid the festivities? And one thing that I have seen to be so incredibly helpful is offering a Blue Christmas service, or sometimes called the Longest Night Worship Service. A Blue Christmas service offers people a sacred space to not only remember their loved ones who have passed, but also to name their losses and griefs from the previous year. It is a refuge, of sorts. A way to acknowledge that they are not alone in the midst of their hurt. That others are hurting, too. It's about making space for the sadness that is already there. Naming it. Honoring it, even. Taking it to Christ. And yes, remembering the hope we have in Him. It can be so incredibly powerful for someone who is grieving or going through a difficult season. So in today's episode, I want to walk you through some basic parts of a Blue Christmas service and then offer you a free resource to help you plan your own. Kari   GET THE BLUE CHRISTMAS PLANNING GUIDE: www.lovedoesthat.org/bluechristmas SHOP OUR THANKSGIVING FUNDRAISER (November 15-30, 2021) We'll donate 15% of all sales to local non-profit, Love INC. Plus, you'll be entered to win our digital prize pack. www.lovedoesthat.org/shop DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS ALONE? I'd be honored to walk with you through a difficult holiday season and help you attune yourself to God's presence and work in your life. www.lovedoesthat.org/spiritualdirection/ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Advent Resource: When Your Silent Night Feels Empty Creative Little Church: Blue Christmas Pack Episode 9: Supporting a Friend Through Grief (And Walking Through It Yourself) with Karen Altizer Episode 38: 3 Truths to Remember During a Difficult Holiday Season  

Enjoying Your Blended Family
29. Enjoying the Holidays: Not Having Your Kids

Enjoying Your Blended Family

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 33:49


‘Tis the season to be merry. But what happens when your kids are with their other parents and not with you during the holidays? Maybe you have them only for part of the time and wished you had more time with them. This can have a way of sucking the merry right out of the holidays and give you a “Blue Christmas” as Elvis would sing. This can be challenging in a blended family, but there are ways to see the blessings in the holidays even through these challenges. Here is the third and last Enjoying the Holiday episode that is talking about joy suckers we as blended families can face. In this episode, we share some ways to keep the joy in the holidays even when your kids may not be there the whole time to celebrate with you. EPISODE RESOURCES: ENJOY THE HOLIDAY CHALLENGE, 25 Days of Great Joy for Christmas (CLOSED FOR 2021) This challenge is not about doing more for the holidays but doing more of what matters.   If you would, SUBSCRIBE to this podcast, and also leave us a RATING & REVIEW if you‘re on Apple Podcast so we can keep spreading the love!   WANT MORE…….. Join our Weekly Newsletter HERE. Follow us on INSTAGRAM  Join Our FACEBOOK GROUP Check out our WEBSITE Subscribe on our YOUTUBE Channel CONTACT US HERE

Praise Through It
Blue Christmas: Grief & Grace

Praise Through It

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 8:36


Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for *everyone*. Various life circumstances and happenings can steal the joy of the season right from us. We experience grief, hurt, faintness of heart, and messy spirits. The good news, though? No matter the state of our hearts? Christmas with Jesus offers grace, healing, faithfulness & mercy. We bring him grief; He gives us grace. We bring him hurt; He offers healing. We bring him faintness of heart; He remains faithful. We bring him our messy spirits & selves; He extends mercy. Join me for this four-part series, each episode a snippet of hope if your Christmas is more blue than it is merry & bright.  // Find extra encouragement on Instagram: @elisapreston Join my Friday Crew! Framed by the Enneagram, we go through adulting & personality tips. Quick, actionable, helpful & entertaining! Plus, exclusive access to extra Enneagram content each week. Join me!

Round Guy Radio
Blue Christmas

Round Guy Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 2:53


Happy Holidays day 2 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

The Daily Rant with Steve Sanchez
Steve Sanchez: Biden's Blue Christmas

The Daily Rant with Steve Sanchez

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 37:30


Join Steve Sanchez, the Christian, Conservative, and Controversial talk-show host that's taking the Leftist lunacy and Democrat agenda to task daily.  For over 30-minutes expect the hottest and latest topics discussed honestly. Plus countless calls from listeners giving their opinions on the matters in hand.  For the people, by the people. Subscribe Now. Official website -> https://www.thestevesanchezshow.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Grounded with Brandon & Craig

On todays episode we talk about the freedom we have in Christ, and ask the question, "Is this a Christian Nation?". It's been a while, so listen in as Brandon & Craig banter back and forth and debate whose version of Blue Christmas is the best? Elvis, Willie Nelson or Porky Pig? Let us know who sings your favorite version. We hope you have a great week and stay Grounded in God and His Word!

S.L.U.T. Radio
Blue Christmas

S.L.U.T. Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 42:45


Since the Black Friday episode helped at least one person of which she's aware, Jami is presenting this episode as a holiday follow-up. Face it, the holiday season is normally a hectic time of year. Throw in the year 2020 and then add a dash of depression...well, it isn't a fruitcake recipe.

Black & Blue Podcast
Episode 013: Black and Blue Christmas Special

Black & Blue Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 41:37


Happy Holidays from everyone at Black and Blue!

What Are Travis and Elaine Watching?
S2:E15 Zappa, Bee Gees: Mend A Broken Heart

What Are Travis and Elaine Watching?

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 64:29


Please go to our website What Are Travis and Elaine Watching? for heaps of extra content!We having a Blue Christmas... tree!! Finally!  Our bright (and I mean bright) blue Christmas tree arrived, and as promised, here are a few pix of the blinding tree that we took while watching the Holiday Classic, Videodrome.(pix on our website)Says it allZappaWe went into this doc with high expectations, especially Elaine (a huge Zappa), and for the most part, it did not disappoint. We (especially Elaine) had a few complaints, but mostly they were "fan" complaints, like wanting to hear more of her favorite songs. We have had some great conversations with other fans in our family who are also members of our Facebook group. We highly recommend you join us.What Are Travis and Elaine Watching - Chat Group. Bee Gees: Mend A Broken HeartWe went into this doc, now playing on HBO MAX, with no expectations. We were pleasantly surprised. We learned a lot. The most illuminating segment involved the Disco Sucks movement.  We were impressed and saddened, and inspired. We're not the most traditional Holiday Movie watchers, as you can probably gather from our Videodrome tree trimming party.This year we are going to recommend you add Smoke to your holiday viewing list. Not only is it a tremendously overlooked film by Wayne Wang in its own right, but it also ends with one of the best Christmas stories ever.  First, it's told by Auggie (Harvey Keitel) to Paul (William Hurt), then we see it recreated, no dialogue under the end credits while Innocent When You Dream written and performed by Tom Waits plays.  The Beatles: Get Back, a documentary collaboration between the band and filmmaker Peter Jackson, went live on YouTube and Disney Plus on December 21! The film, originally scheduled for release in 2020, faced production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Watch on our website.Happy Holidays and Cya next year!

The Rowdy Roundup Podcast
Episode 4 - "Not So Blue Christmas"

The Rowdy Roundup Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 38:04


For the first time in over a year, the Dallas Cowboys have won back-to-back games. After defeating Cincinnati in blowout fashion on Dec. 13, Dallas returned home and defeated the San Francisco 49ers 41-33 this past Sunday. "The Rowdy Roundup Podcast" hosts Jessica Nevarez and Joseph Hastings break down this game and reveal who their game MVPs were for the Cowboys' Week 15 victory. They also discuss how other teams in the NFC East fared this weekend (Hint: They didn't do so good), and take a quick look ahead at next week's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Be sure to follow our Spotify page and subscribe to our Apple Podcasts account if you enjoyed this content! Also, check us out on our social media platforms, which you can find down below. You won't regret it! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rowdyrounduppod/ Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/RowdyRoundupPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rowdyrounduppod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rowdyrounduppodcast

GABBIN' with IRENE
EPISODE 8: The Christmas One?

GABBIN' with IRENE

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 46:02


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Gab & Irene sing (or try to) some of the Christmas Classics and Gab shares some Fun Facts about herself like that she never built a Snowman or kissed under a mistletoe. GABBIN' with IRENE welcomes back their first guest and Julianna rates her newest relationship as a 15 out of 10. You'll be sure to have a Blue Christmas after listening to this wannabe Christmas Episode. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Chapel Chats
Chapel Chats 1.15: Blue Christmas

Chapel Chats

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 10:42


Join Chaplain Hannah and guests for a reflection on holding space for broken hearts during the holiday season and the darkest night of the year, Dec. 21. The episode discusses pain, grief and loss felt in 2020 through a litany and a reading of Psalm 121. Then, Chaplain Hannah reads the poem "Blessing for the Brokenhearted" by Jan Richardson. This episode features the track "Luminance" by Scott Buckley. Luminance by Scott Buckley https://soundcloud.com/scottbuckley Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/-luminance Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/yTl_PtnDwEY

mcwfancast - Man City Women Fancast
3.18 Blue Christmas

mcwfancast - Man City Women Fancast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2020 38:19


It's our last episode of 2020 and we're rounding up the year looking ahead to our final game before the Christmas break with Craig Hadley, from the Great Since ‘68 podcast. Manchester City travel to Birmingham City in the Women's Super League. Looking to carry their momentum forward with 5 wins in 5 across all competitions in December. We also chat to Dave Steel from the Manchester City Women's Supporters Club (@MCWFC_OSC) as we reflect on the week's fixtures at home to Arsenal in the WSL and Gotenborg in the UWCL. Hear from Head Coach, Gareth Taylor and Lauren Hemp speaking at full-time following our 3-0. Thank you for sticking with us throughout 2020! We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and may 2021 be happier, be healthier, be safer and filled with more of the things you love.  We'll be back with the podcast on Friday 8th January, 2021.  Follow us @mcwfancast or you can email us mcwfancast@gmail.com if you would like to come on the show!  

The Retirement Huddle
Ep 19: Financial Lessons from Christmas Carols

The Retirement Huddle

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 9:00


This time of the year is very special. Christmas songs can get you in the mood for celebrating with your family. They can also be compared to retirement planning. On this episode of The Retirement Huddle podcast, Mark Howard explains how they are similar.   Read more and get additional financial resources here: https://retirementhuddle.com/podcast/ep-19-financial-lessons-from-christmas-carols/319/    What we discuss on this show:  1:10 – I'll be home for Christmas 2:16 – Do you hear what I hear? 3:39 – O, Little Town of Bethlehem 5:22 – What child is this? 6:07 – Blue Christmas

The Cracked Cup
S1E3 - You Are Not Failing Christmas

The Cracked Cup

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 56:55


Episode Notes Worship services! At 12 noon CST on Sunday Dec 6th, click here to join Liz and Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation on zoom for our service: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89505600609?pwd=dHExMXZSc2lUMzZJT0YxdlR3cWNOdz09. Also, join Anne (and a little bit of Liz) and Westwood Unitarian Congregation for their services: Blue Christmas: 10:30am MT Dec 13/20    https://zoom.us/j/99545384626 Winter Solstice: 7pm MT Dec 21/20    https://zoom.us/j/97416291013#success Find more holiday events in the Westwood Calendar:  WestwoodUnitarian.ca You can learn about Suzanne not stealing drugs here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43330241 Ilara's incredible YouTube video created out of the No-God blessing is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FddKTbpA9l0&t=5s That great video I recommended that we will probably discuss in January is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE3j_RHkqJc&t=50s This episode was supported by the UU Funding Program and by our generous and amazing Patreons. You, too, can support our podcast and get access to bonus content and livestreams by becoming a Patron today, at https://www.patreon.com/MirthandDignity Wanna learn more about the Hysterical Society? Our Facebook group is found at www.facebook.com/groups/UUHystericalSocietyCoffeeHour and you can like Mirth and Dignity on Facebook, too. The UU Hysterical Society also has a website (and it's really great) which you can find at uuhystericalsociety.com, and that's where you can sign up for our mailing list. You're welcome to use our writing in whatever way is useful—ideally with attribution. Most helpful is giving people a link to our website and podcast. All our materials are under Truth Will Not Hold Still licensing, which we invented. It means that we know that language evolves over time, and you might need to change our words to suit your context—and you have our blessing to do so. Want to get one of us to come speak at your congregation or community? Fill out our contact form on Liz's website LizJamesWrites.com. Anne is at AnneBarker.ca. The Cracked Cup Podcast is recorded by Liz James and Anne Barker, and this episode was produced by Adrian Muhajarine. The music is by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0). Find out more at https://the-cracked-cup.pinecast.co

Suntree United Pastors Podcast

Our staff discusses our Blue Christmas Worship (December 9th @ 6:30pm in the sanctuary) and the unique experience of living in grief through the season of advent.  If you are interested in attending the Grief Journey Support Zoom Conversation, email rachelk@suntreeumc.org to register. On this Episode: Allee Willcox- Associate Pastor Joel Lusz- Children and Family Pastor Mike Mayes- Director of Worship Arts Annette Stiles Pendergrass- Senior Pastor