Last weekend, we decided to mix up our Thanksgiving weekend routine with a road trip to Minnesota. Instead of making my recently legendary Thanksgiving gumbo, we ate, shopped and rocked through the Gopher State, playing tourist from St. Paul to Stillwater to Duluth.
In St. Paul, we caught the simply sensational "Hip Hop Nutcracker," featuring the traditional symphonic score with a markedly different interpretation. The show hits New York City tomorrow, Hartford on Sunday and then plays 13 more dates, primarily in the Northeast and Midwest before Christmas and a post-Christmas close in Charlotte. If you're anywhere near, and it's not already sold out, go!
Then, it was the start of our holiday shopping in Stillwater, a sensational lunch at LoLo and off to the increasingly hip Duluth where we saw Bryan Adams blow the roof off the DECC with the close of his 2016 North American Tour Saturday night (and, most of the rest of the world gets that treat in 2017). All in all, a very cool Thanksgiving, albeit without our kids.
On this first Music Friday of the Holiday Season, we're going to give you a two-fer. First, before Bryan hit it big, he and Jim Vallance were signed by A&M Records as songwriters for other artists. They wrote "Run to You" for (ready?) Blue Oyster Cult. When BOC turned it down, Bryan recorded it and the rest is history. But, listen closely to the open of Bryan and Jim's hit and BOC's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Bryan and Jim were clearly "aiming to please" in their early years.
But, for our Holiday offering, it's the fairly rare video from an appearance on an 1984 MTV Holiday special, featuring Pee Wee Herman and the original V-Jays. It's "Reggae Christmas," the b-side to his holiday hit, "Christmas Time."
And, since we're changing our holidays up this year, it sure 'nuff sounds like a plan...