A Christmas Carol, Tom Lehrer
Says something about my upbringing that this is an old family favorite.
To show you how cool my college was: I had two different college professors play Tom Lehrer in class; one was a chemistry professor who played (of course) The Elements, and the other was an English professor who played Alma when the reading that day was from Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel’s autobiography.
Heh. My favorite history professor in college had one eye, terrified half of the class, and had the other half hooked on George MacDonald Fraser by the end of the semester. He’d casually tell you personal stories about visiting the Balkans that would curl your hair: this was at the end of the Cold War and at the beginning of the Yugoslavia breakup, mind you. The man called the sectarian warfare years before it happened.
…Dear God, that was over twenty years ago. The man’s probably glaring down soppy-headed seraphim with no clue about the Hellenistic world right now.
Oh, thank God: he’s still alive. And still dumping hideous amounts of reading on his students, who find themselves inexplicably loving him for it.
This reminds me of one of my family’s traditional songs from the great Stan Freberg: http://youtu.be/I5IXlfJSEi4
Yes! That’s one of my favorite Christmas songs. I have it on vinyl, on Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time, the Christmas album.
Stan Freberg single-handedly revolutionized the advertising industry, then brilliantly bit off the hands that fed him with Green Christmas.
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