Welcome back to the countdown!!!
Here is a vintage Christmas bell to ring now that the big day is officially 10 days away.
Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).
I have written before about how much I loved soap operas (you can read more about that here). One of the soaps I loved was General Hospital. Who was not infatuated with the whole Luke & Laura phenomenon? But in many GH fans opinions, that show’s real hey day was the 1990’s. The writing, the acting, the story lines were not only sublime but reality based as well. This was in complete contrast to the previous decade where one major story line was about stopping a mad man with a weather machine trying to dominate the world.
Instead, the 90’s brought us stories dealing with organ donation, breast cancer, AIDS and living with an HIV positive diagnosis, adoption and family dysfunction in addition to a slew of new super couples and so much more. It was truly must see TV. While GH is still on the air, I lost interest over the years especially once Tony Geary (who played Luke) retired. I love him sooo much and if you watch this clip from 6:45 -7:00 you will see why. Long live Lucas Lorenzo Spencer!!! But I digress.
Someone sent me a current video of GH they thought I’d like (I didn’t), but that little taste sent me to YouTube where I have been lost in a GH vortex ever since. And I stumbled upon one of the best moments from the aforementioned great decade of the show. Luke Spencer opened a blues club and today’s singer performed the first show there. Who better to sing in that venue than “The King of the Blues” himself?
It was a huge moment for soaps, not to mention music. For a genre considered by many to be a step down from “real” acting, not to mention their classification as “chick shows” because the majority of viewers were women, an appearance by a famous man who was a musical legend gave the show and the genre some solid respect. He & his band put everything they had into their performance as well, just as if they were playing in front of a paying crowd in a concert arena. There was nothing phoned in about it. The only thing negative about it is that it did not last long enough. There were actors with story lines to get to, as this was a soap, after all. But music and soaps had gone hand in hand for years, and thanks to Riley B. King, they came together onscreen for two days in February 1995. You can see the whole performance here.
B.B. King: “Please Come Home For Christmas” (2001, written by Charles Brown & Gene Redd in 1960).
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!