It Must Be The Heck Of A Guy Christmas1 Spectacular
Over the years, DrHGuy has explored, as he is wont to do, the sleigh path less traveled to holiday revelry, and, not being the kind of chap to keep such joyfulness to himself, he annually shares with readers his favorite Yuletide embellishments.
Have Yourself A Chocolodka Christmas
Chief among these tidings of joy is the opening of the Season Of Chocolodka. a time which offers hope to the weary masses and solace to all humankind.
In the spirits of the Season Of Chocolodka, Heck Of A Guy Blog offers …2
The Immaculate Chocolodka Conception
While the value of any substance called Chocolodka would seem intuitively apparent to any sentient adult, doubters should consider this confirmatory evidence: how could anything that begins in this manner go wrong?
Since the recipe calls for a three-quarters (¾) full 750 mL bottle of vodka, the first step, obviously,3 is someone sucking down ¼ bottle of vodka. While alternative means of removing the excess liquor may theoretically exist, personal consumption bespeaks a dedication to the mission & certainly enhances the likelihood of the project’s success. This is best accomplished in two consecutive motions as demonstrated in the photos below by Lady Lawanda and Hippie With Tiara:
The Vodka Swing
And The Follow-through
Repeat As Necessary
The Chocolodka Benediction
The original post with the full set of instructions for Chocolodka is at The Quintessential Chocolate Vodka – Chocolodka
Update: More Chocolodka
An instructional video is now available at How To Make The Original Chocolodka – The Video. Information about Chocolodka, including links to all Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka posts and recipes employing Chocolodka can be found at Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka Page.
Jennie & Lenny Go Christmas Caroling
Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes Sing “Silent Night”
When mention of the Leonard Cohen- Jennifer Warnes rendition of “Silent Night” was first made on this site in January 2007,4 many readers were taken unawares. And, each time since then allusions have been made to this event, still more folks are surprised. Consequently, it seems appropriate to once again present the historical data and, of course, the song itself.
Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night
This Leonard Cohen-Jennifer Warnes duet was recorded at the December 15, 1979 Brighton, England concert.5
Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night
“Silent Night” by Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes can be downloaded without charge as part of Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, a collection of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs.
Lady Lawanda’s Fine & Dandy Christmas Mix
Lady Lawanda,6 a talented singer, had a penchant for non-traditional Christmas music. (Several of her friends and family have made the observation that this predilection for musical perversity manifested itself only after she met me. Quelle coincidence, eh?)
A 2009 post, Lady Lawanda’s Sounds Of The Season – Christmas Carols On The Offbeat, lists several of her favorite selections and is highly recommended reading and listening for the melodically adventuresome. For our purposes today, a few examples should be sufficient to give a flavor of her seasonal playlist.
Christmas Soon Come
Lady Lawanda loved Jamaica, visiting often and virtually adopting a dozen or so Jamaicans she met in her travels. One of her favorite gifts was the Christmas Soon Come mix I made her. The first track on that oft played CD was …
Breadfruit Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song) – Yellowman
Video from RastaClaus85
Hard Candy Christmas by RuPaul – Best Christmas Song Covered By A Drag Queen
#1 on Lady Lawanda’s Christmas Hit parade, however, was the cover of “Hard Candy Christmas” sung by RuPaul Andre Charles in his drag queen persona.
I admit that Lawanda’s fascination with this song seems silly at first, but, on reflection, the lyrics of the chorus were, after all, a description of the way she lived.
I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down
Hard Candy Christmas – RuPaul
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
“Santa Baby” was originally sung and recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt. And nobody does it better.
Video from ebbonknee
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Video from soulservereu
Coming Attractions For The Holidays:
- The go-to article on sugar plums
- Much more Christmas music
- DrHGuy on gift giving and gift getting
- Or Winter Holiday Of Choice [↩]
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- Well, it’s obvious to me [↩]
- See Leonard Cohen On The Loose – Rare Concert Songs, Comments, & Covers By Leonard Cohen [↩]
- Rare Live Songs [↩]
- Lady Lawanda is the blogonym (and, I hasten to add, the self-chosen blogonym) of the woman in my life for three all too brief years until she died from breast cancer June 2008. She was a profoundly important and positive force in her community, the school where she taught, and the lives of her family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and my children. And, she was the center of my world . [↩]