Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

This is a bit of a two-fer today as we listen to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform the “Christmas Canon.”

The song is set to the tune of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major with new lyrics added.

There are two versions the Orchestra performs. The first is in a very classical style, and the second which we have included below the fold is “rock music” based. It is amazing how similar yet different and beautiful both versions are.

Classical version:

Rock version:


Did Tobia Have “A Change Of Heart?”

According to the FloridaToday:

Political Spin: Tobia has change of heart on censure push after hearing of apology

Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia this past week walked back his effort to censure Brevard County Tourist Development Council Chairman Jim Ridenour.

Tobia on Nov. 21 introduced a resolution seeking to censure Ridenour over Ridenour’s comment in a FLORIDA TODAY story published Nov. 10 that called a bill proposed by Florida Rep. Randy Fine of Palm Bay “criminal.”

We find the term “change of heart” curious in a way.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “change of heart” is defined as:

If you have a change of heart, you change your opinion or the way you feel about something:
She was going to sell her house but had a change of heart at the last minute.

In other words, “change of heart means that one changes one opinion while still having the same set of facts in front of them.

That’s not what happened with Tobia, as he explained at the December 7, 2017 Commission meeting:


“You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch” – Dr Seuss.

What else needs to be said?

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is a Christmas song that was originally written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The lyrics were written by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the music was composed by Albert Hague, and the song was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft.


Tuscon Police Go All Anti-Grinch.

It seems that everyone wants to make a video these days, but in reality the video created by the Tuscon Police Department contains good advice.

An officer in the back seat provides the following crime-prevention tips:

Remember to lock your car doors.
Keep packages and valuables out of plain sight by putting them in the trunk or carrying them with you.
Park in a well-lit and well-populated area.
Shop with friends and family members.
If you see something, say something.


From The “You Can’t Make This Up” Department…

Being called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say. Figures show that the majority of young people think the term is unfair – and even more think it could have a negative effect of its own.

The “snowflake generation” is a disparaging term now commonly used to refer to young people, who are perceived to be over-sensitive and intolerant of disagreement.

But research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 per cent of 16-24 year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, while 74 per cent think it could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.

So calling someone who is a snowflake a snowflake harms the snowflake and is the fault of the speaker?

The firm’s medical expert, Dr Doug Wright, said the term could cause problems. “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticises this age group could add to this issue.

Or it could cause people to address the issue of being a snowflake, which would be a benefit.

“Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.”



“Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry.

It’s always good to have a little Chuck Berry any time of the year.


Palm Bay: Hearing Officer Finds Probably Cause Commissioner Holton Violated City’s Conflict Of Interest Code.

Palm Bay City Commissioner Trey Holton is in more hot water after an independent hearing officer found that there was “probable cause” to believe [Commissioner Holton] violated city code dealing with conflicts of interest.”

The allegations stem from Holton’s work for the Space Coast Paratroopers Association before taking office as a city councilman in November 2014.

But Holton didn’t get paid for his work from the organization — which partnered with the city in its “Homes for Warriors” program — until after taking office.

The hearing officer, retired Circuit Court Judge John Moxley Jr., found that the temptation to place private interest of the SCPA ahead of Holton’s public interest to Palm Bay would indicate that there was probable cause that the appearance of conflict of interest existed from the time

Holton took office until the time the SCPA ceased to exist on April 24, 2017 — a period of nearly 2½ years.

Moxley added, though, that Holton never actually voted on any SCPA matters during that time.

As one would expect, Holton disagrees with the findings.

What happens next in this process is the City Commission will proceed to either a Special Commission meeting at which time the City will need to hire an independent legal counsel, or do nothing.

If the Special Commission meeting takes place, Holton’s fellow Commissioners can vote for nothing to happen, reprimand; censure; removal or exclusion from leadership positions; or removal or exclusion from the governing board.

Removing Holton would be a huge step and we don’t think that would happen.


“Jingle Bells” – The Glenn Miller Band.

In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, we thought it would be appropriate to pick a song from the World Was II era.

We could not think of anything more perfect than the Glenn Miller Band playing “Jingle Bells” for today.

As to the song and this version of the song:

This is the 1941 78 single release of “Jingle Bells” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra backed with “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Alvino Rey and his Orchestra on RCA Bluebird, B-11353-A. “Jingle Bells” reached no. 5 on the Billboard pop singles chart in December, 1941. “Jingle Bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 as “The One Horse Open Sleigh”. The music of the 1941 version was arranged by Glenn Miller and William Finegan. Additional lyrics were written by Harold Dickinson and Bill Conway. The vocals are by Tex Beneke, Ernie Caceres, and The Modernaires. The song was also performed on the Chesterfield radio program Christmas show in 1941.

It is the only Christmas song ever recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Miller himself.

As for Miller:


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