Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Clip of the Day...

Just like Eloise, I was a city child.

One thing I will always feel a bit regretful about is that I will never be able to experience New York City as a tourist, for the very first time, during the holidays. It is something I have always taken for granted. When I was a kid, my family lived right near the South Street Seaport. There was a chorus that would stand in the shape of a tree and sing Christmas songs. The People Tree. (I am not sure if that was there official name...that's what we called them, at least.)

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Harry Connick, Jr. on a Saturday evening and decided to roam the city for hours that day, observing all the typical touristy holiday attractions.

I always forget just how crowded the city gets this time of year...and then it takes me twenty minutes to walk one block, and it all comes back to me. However, I'm not complaining...in these difficult times, it's really nice to know that people are still flocking to the greatest city in the world during this magical time of year and I love seeing how happy and excited little kids are over the Radio City Christmas Show.

I loved this song when it first came out, and it brought on a very special significance.

Come down to the city
Crowd around the big tree
All you strangers who know me
Bring your compassion
Your understanding
Lord, how we need it
On this New York City Christmas



If I was able to return to my childhood neighborhood without crying all over the place (as I tend to do), I would visit the People Tree myself...but, I won't be, so if you're in the area, go see it for me...and have a Merry New York City Christmas, wherever you are.



Here's Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 on the Today Show several years ago...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5pCDKX1b4g

Call on your angels
Come down to the city
Crowd around the big tree
All you strangers who know me
Bring your compassion
Your understanding
Lord, how we need it
On this New York City Christmas

Yeah I'm sending you a merry New York Christmas
and a prayer for peace on earth within our time
Hear the sidewalk angels echo halleluja
We understand more, now more than ever

So call on your angels
You're beaten and broken
It's time that we mended
So they don't fade with the season
Let our mercy be the gifts we lay
From Brooklyn and to Broadway
Celebrate each and every day
of this New York City Christmas

Yeah I'm sending you a merry New York Christmas
and a prayer for peace on earth within our time
Hear the sidewalk angels echo halleluja
We understand more, now more than ever
Merry New York Christmas

Call on your angels
Come down to the city
Let's Crowd around the big tree
All you strangers you know me
Bring your compassion
Bring your forgiveness
Lord how we need it
On this New York City Christmas

Yeah, I'm sending you a Merry New York Christmas
And a prayer for peace on Earth
It's not too late
Yeah the sidewalk angels echo hallelujah
We understand them
We understand them
Merry Christmas
Yes, a New York City Christmas
(Oh Christmas)






Diana Rissetto

Holiday Clip of the Day...

There will be two today, since I missed yesterday.

Here are Mandy Gonzalez and Christopher Jackson of In the Heights singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" at last year's tree lighting. (They get extra points for not singing "Feliz Navidad", like everyone would probably expect them to...)

Great rendition, with two wonderful young Broadway performers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUv_5K9qft8


Diana Rissetto