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#1172034 - 12/04/20 10:25 AM MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS  
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Hey folks,

I posted this in the video forum but thought I'd mention it here too. This is the video of a Christmas song that I;ve just released. Wrote it 15 years ago and just getting around to doing a video and recording on it. Marry Christmas:

Not so merry Christmas here in the trailer park

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#1172035 - 12/04/20 10:41 AM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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LOL, You put me in a hard place here! Just a few minutes ago I moved someone's video posted here to the video forum and now here ya go and post yours here (and in the music video forum also). Fairness dictates that I move yours also or since it is already there, delete it. I have to go off and do somethings, but I will come back in an hour or two.

Super fun video!

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#1172037 - 12/04/20 10:51 AM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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That's fine. I don't think I've ever posted a video before but make sure it goes where it needs to. Thanks much.


#1172040 - 12/04/20 10:59 AM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Great video and song man! Fun, and I liked your Ray Charles, not sure you nailed the Boy George.....

The dog was digging it too.

Makes me wanna do my song, Dollar Store Christmas.... I never seem to be motivated to do joke tunes.

But yours could potentially be a trailer park classic...

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#1172044 - 12/04/20 11:35 AM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Fed. Well 'i will tell you an interesting story. I've done the ":George Jones" impression many years and it is a staple of a couple of my songs. One night, in Nashville I happened to be performing on a songwriters night next door to a lounge where the Ol' Possum happened to be. Someone told him about me and he wandered outside the door of the place I was playing. I saw him and ripped off my ol George impression, as a last part of one of my own songs. I saw him laugh a good bit, waved and walked off. A little later, I wandered into the bar next door where he happened to be. he waved me over to his table and said :Yeah son, sounded just like me!" So I guess I'll stick with that critique, LOL!

Thanks for viewing. I got typecast quickly for doing too many "joke songs" and was told by a record company exec that if I didn't want to be branded the "next Ray Stevens" I needed to tone that part down, which I did. I still use them as a "door opener" to get some attention with tough crowds, but keep it to a minium. I put humor in a lot of songs, but not so much the "jokes."

This one actually came about as a teaching lesson for a woman who wanted to write a Christmas song and I HATE WRITING CHRISTMAS SONGS! Figured I'd write the worst one in the world so that she would NEVER want to write another one and I'd NEVER have to write another one. I thought I'd give "GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER" some competition in the "questionable Christmas song" category. And while I thought it would fulfill my "Christmas song" quota, it actually WORKED! It has taken on a life of it's own, and a lot of milage has come out of that song. Most notably, it helped me become great friends and co-writers with RANDY BROOKS, who "WROTE GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER!"
We even wrote one last year, "ALL I WANT IS TO NOT GET SICK FOR CHRISTMAS" which now seems a bit prophetic in the age of Covid-19. LOL!

At any rate, I wrote this one about 15 years ago and was recently asked to participate in a CD project "HAVE YOURSELF AN INDIE LITTLE CHRISTMAS" so that is why i recorded it and since the son of the studio owner was a developing filmaker, thought it would be fun to have a video. So that is where it all came from.

Thanks for veiwing and the comments. Hope your holidays are well and safe.

#1172048 - 12/04/20 12:04 PM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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This is hilarious. Great performance and video too. I really enjoyed it.

I like your story about how you came to write the "worst" Christmas song ever. I prefer to think of it as an antidote to all those saccharine sweet formulaic songs that get written around Christmas. I had a similar reaction when someone at another forum I belong to posted one of those and it provoked me to write one called "All I Want For Christmas Is Your Fat Ass To Be Gone." The most popular Christmas song in the UK and Ireland is the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York." not a jokey song, but definitely also an antidote to all that sickly sweet stuff. There is an appetite for this kind of song, I think. FD, you should do your "Dollar Store Christmas" song. Anyone else have one? I feel a Spotify playlist coming on smile

MAB, was yours the only "antidote" song on that CD?

#1172050 - 12/04/20 12:38 PM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Cool novelty song and video Marc!

John smile

#1172077 - 12/05/20 03:29 PM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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I agree with Gavin: that was hilarious. I don’t do Christmas songs anymore. Submitted one in the early ‘80s on cassette and he sent my tape back with a really nice note, “The lyrics express a nice Christmas sentiment, but the melody is monotonous.”

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I enjoyed this very much. I grew-up in various trailer parks in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming when I was a kid. I would say the lyric is pretty accurate. :-)

I was wondering about all those capos on your guitar though..

I have friend here in Atlanta who uses multiple capos. He is a fantastic writer/performer but I am pretty sure he has to cut at least three or four songs off his playlist due to all the tuning.




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#1172173 - 12/07/20 12:14 PM Re: MAB NEW VIDEO NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Hey folks,

Gavin, no about half the CD is "real" christmas songs. There are half that are the "jokey" ones. Even Randy Brooks, the writer of "GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER" has one called "IT'S HALLOWEEN (A Christmas song) it is about how the commercial seasons are so fast. We can't even get past halloween before they are putting up Christmas decorations in stores. It's why I was telling that guy about the difficulty of doing anything with "Thanksgiving songs" because everyone is so fast to get to the Christmas season, nothing else has time to actually be out there.
It's a pretty good CD with a large variety. The first review came in and mine and a couple more were singled out. It mentioned my line "Lo, Lo, Lo Riders are Chasing me" (Which is funny, cause most people sieze on the line before it, "HO HO HO'S ARE WALKING UP AND DOWN MY STREET.") funny things people seize on. Actually the reviews were that the "real ones" were pretty much the predictable Christmas songs. This weekend My Girlfriend and I went to Atlanta where I played the Vinyard of a friend of mine. We listened to the CD and on some of the songs, my girlfriend Tina, started saying what the lyrics would be before they were sung. It was pretty funny. She's been around me too long. LOL!

John Craig and Wendy. IT'S REALLY ALL JUST A JOKE. I don't take a lot of things too seriously, because I tend to like to laugh more than anything, so using humor in songs are pretty funny to me. I just make stuff up.

Wendy, you'll like this. I didn't even use anything about a TRAILER PARK at all. Even though the images work. I was sitting in a multi million dollar log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. It was my friend and client, Julie Moriva, who lives there, who was pushing me to write a Christmas song. I HATE writing Christmas songs, so it was just to be a joke. It was in January, and they had this old shed in the back yard. It was a huge snow and their large English setter was running around digging through the garbage where they had dumped a bunch of their old christmas decorations. The dog had a plastic wreath in his teeth, running around the yard. That is how it got started and most everything else I either saw in some magazines laying around, or just popped into my head. I do that when I write. I sort of go very quiet and pace around the room and just make stuff up.

I write from the first line down, and when I have a verse and chorus in my head, having written the lyrics down, I pick up a guitar and play it live. Just all off the cuff. We usually record the first take, and if it is in the ballpark, we go on to the next lines. We wrote it in about 20 minutes, and I thought that would be all of it. A couple days later, at one of her friend's house, I did a guitar vocal on it, and figured I'd forget about it.

But Julie, was running in some different circles and started playing the tape around. It got people actually interested, which tickled me to no end. Kind of like the guy who invented the "PET ROCK." I always thought "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!" The song ended up with country artist TRACY LAWRENCE, who was going to record it for his Christmas album, but was talked out of it because it was "politically incorrect." But he plays it live and for private friends during the holidays. I was told about that by a record executive who heard him do it at a Christmas party one year.

The "multiple capos" are just a joke too. I see all these people playing with multiple capos which I think is pretty dumb and overkill. I barely use ONE. It was another of my jokes. I wanted to put a bunch of stuff in the video, that made people want to watch it over to find more stuff. That's what I do when I get bored. The video was done by me and the son of the guy who owns the studio I record in. He's just out of college and wanting to do some music videos. So we took a couple hours and just put it together.

That's me, "practicing what I preach" because I tell new artists and wrtiers that if you want to get the most effect uses out of your songs find some young kid who does videos on their phone and put some inexpensive things together. Again, just a joke but it works.

So the whole thing is just me goofing off. I like to make myself laugh and I often get bored with me. So I do stuff sometimes just to make me laugh.

Thanks to all for viewing and commenting.

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