"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing"

Host Mark Janas was cool enough to invite my main caroling group from the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers to come co-host with him on the evening of the “Winter Solstice” Algonquin Salon on December 21st, 2008. We videoed (video’d?) the evening of festivities, where a lot of cool original and classic Holiday songs were brought forth. Other songs – from a renaissance lute by Lucy Cross to Johanna Weller-Fahy hitting a high note in “Gorgeous” – were applauded.

One of the highlights (for me) of the evening was a geekout moment shared by myself and Nicholas Levin, who transcribed onto sheet music the theme song to a horribly wonderful children’s nightmarishly godawful amazing movie called “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” starring (of sorts) a very youn Pia Zadora I know the theme show from watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. The theme song, “Hooray for Santy Claus,” is sung at the beginning by a bunch of children. This time around, the song was copied and handed out to all the lovely sight-singing singers out at the Algonquin Salon – and then we all had a singalong!!! Whee!!! (and I know Bill Corbett of MST3K has already witnessed the video online…huzzah!)

In any case, enjoy the following videos, any time of the year!

“Hooray for Santy Claus”:

“Santa Baby” by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers:

“The Christmas Song” by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers:

“The Christmastime Medley” by the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers: