HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

“Well way up north where the air gets cold/
There’s a tale about Christmas/That you’ve all been told/
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red/
And he spends all year workin’ out on his sled”
       ~The Beach Boys “Little Saint Nick”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Let’s begin our musical journey through the 2016 holiday by getting “Old School”:

Get Down, Get Funky Christmas! Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis” 1987
with animation from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” >

“It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens/Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens/
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese/And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees/
Decorate the house with lights at night/Snow’s on the ground, snow white so bright/
In the fireplace is the yule log/Beneath the mistletoe as we drink egg nog”

How about “Christmas Rappin'” with Kurtis Blow from 1979?! >

“Bout a red-suited dude with a friendly attitude
And a sleigh full of goodies for the people on the block
Got a long white beard, maybe looks kind a weird
And if you ever see him, he could give you quite a shock”

Then sample a couple happy numbers from (recommended) Christmas films:

Do some “Rubberneckin'” by Elvis Presley
From “Fred Clause” with Vince Vaughn >

And then here’s the ultimate Christmas Cool:

Frank, Dean & Sammy! (with a cameo from Bing)
Ho Ho Ho! “Don’t Be A Do Badder” reprise
From “Robin and The Seven Hoods” >

and Frank & Dean sing “Marshmallow World” for a TV Christmas Special in 1967 >

And just to make sure it’s a very “White Christmas”:

A Christmas Classic! “Jingle Bell Rock” From “The Lawrence Welk Show”
with Bob Ralston, his wife and kids (and maybe just a little rock guitar) >

Jingle Your Bells with Earl Scruggs RIP and the Bluegrass Allstars! >
(Produced and directed by Jon Grimson for Gibson Guitar Corp. This historic session was recorded with 2 cameras and 2 takes. Earl Scruggs with sons Randy and Gary, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Phil Leadbetter play “Jingle Bells” on the strings)

USAF BAND 2016 Holiday “flashmob”
at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC >
(Since 2013 the USAF Band has created a holiday video with a “flashmob”)

And Santa Claus Comes Tonight! (a repeat from our 2015 Holiday Playlist)
“Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy
From “The Cowboy and the Indians” 1949 >

Have a California Christmas with the Beach Boys!
“Little Saint Nick” from “Shindig” 1964 >

Happy Festivus Friday!
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – DIDDY WAH DIDDY

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION (We really miss David Letterman & Paul Schaffer)
Darlene Love “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” from “The Late Show” >

“And to all a good night!” >

“The Merry Xmas Song” by Pink Floyd 1969

Here comes Santa in his sleigh/Those silver bells they sound so gay/
His shiny sleigh is heaped with toys/To give to all good girls and boys

With dolls and gollywogs and clockwork trains
Trams, tin soldiers and little model planes
Going to fill your stocking so long as you’ve been good
And I’m sure that you have because you know you should

Middle eight!

“Have I got to sing that?”
“Yes!”
“No you don’t sing, you just say it.”
“Okay.”
“All right?”
“Right.”
“One, two, three…”

Cheerful face is wreathed in smiles/Can see him coming for miles and miles/
As he passes by he’ll catch your ear/ With “Merry Christmas guys and a Happy New Year!”

“Man!”
“Shout that as a cheery Christmas greeting, Alan.”
“Yeah, shout that one out, right?”

Turkey and sausages and Christmas pud/”Have another helping John!”/
Oh, I don’t think I could/Christmas parcels under the tree/
None for you and six for me!

“The Merry Xmas Song” was written for a one-off performance on BBC Radio in 1969.

AND FOR ALL MY ABSENT FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(and my little girls Nina and Bessie of blessed memory):
“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd >

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Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Birthday Dinner at the “Old School” Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Serving the San Fernando Valley since 1947! This place is “Old School” 1950’s era dining at it’s finest and the restaurant’s atmosphere, decor and menu all follow this directive.

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

No valet parking here. Street parking is available, the meters run 8am-8pm everyday, except Sunday. Ready yourself for a “TIME WARP” dining experience!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Welcome to the Valley Inn!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Wall of Autographed Headshots!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Chick Hearn & John Wooden Memorabilia!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Tweety Bird (& the WB Animators)

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Antique Machine!

The Saloon Bar (order a martini or classic cocktail):

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – The “Old School” Saloon Bar (have a cocktail!)

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – The “Old School” Saloon Bar (have a martini!)

There are two public dining rooms, the John Wooden Board Room and the Main Dining Room, and there’s a private dining room in the back available for small parties.

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – John Wooden & Main Dining Rooms

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – John Wooden Board Room (Dining Room)

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Main Dining Room

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Fine Wine!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Private Dining Room & Fine Wine Reserve

 

On The Menu: Fried calamari with marinara sauce, Boston clam chowder with soup crackers, Caesar salad, BBQ baby back ribs with wedge fries & coleslaw, bread & butter, a glass of red wine (Artesa Pinot Noir 2013), a coke and a hot fudge sundae for dessert.

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Red Wine! Artesa Pinot Noir 2013

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Fried Calamari with marinara sauce

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Boston Clam Chowder

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Caesar Salad

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – BBQ Baby Back Ribs w/Wedge Potatoes & Coleslaw

Dessert: Happy Birthday to me! A classic Hot Fudge Sundae!

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks – Hot Fudge Sundae

NOTE: The coffee machine was broken, so they could only offer us decaf…NO COFFEE! We were told they were having it fixed “tomorrow” but that didn’t help us at dinner.

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

The food is good, not great. The atmosphere is good if you like the “retro” dining experience. It’s not a cheap meal, market price for lobster here was $39 per pound.

I would not order the ribs again (they were lacking seasoning and not very good), instead I would have steak and/or lobster.

THE SERVICE NEEDS WORK!!!!! Our server didn’t smile once and seemed totally overworked, which is impossible for a restaurant this size, it was early, and it wasn’t very busy. The service was slow and her attention to detail and our needs while dining was lacking (to put it nicely). There’s a regular crowd that eats and drinks here, and they seem to get better attention/service.

We had a fun party and ate a lot of food. It was a nice dinner, but could have been so much better! Good service and proper attention to the service makes a big difference!

I won’t patronize establishments with poor service where I’m treated as a 2nd class citizen, especially at their prices.

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UPDATED November 25, 2018: Another Old School Steak Dinner at the Valley Inn!
We have been back and the experience was pretty much the same. We even sat in the same booth. It’s a big meal and a San Fernando Valley experience.
ON THE MENU: Ribeye steak (medium rare) with fries & veggies, fried calamari, salad with ranch dressing, bread & butter, a coke and a vanilla chocolate fudge sundae.
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21-JUN-13: Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe

Friday Night at the world famous Formosa Cafe

Pre and Post Theater drinks on opening night of “Absolutely Filthy” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  My Rating: Go See This Show!

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