Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Local Colors

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Goods Life Is Good Store
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Jewels Of Gloucester
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- G33K
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Larsens
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts
2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

P&V’s LOL #5: Entertainment is more powerful than guilt

Ever wonder why Pope Julius II Commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel?
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Well, the Catholic Church had been losing influence — and parishioners — partly due to tensions created by events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, which was sparked a few years after Julius II died.  So, thought Julius, what better way to bring people back to the fold than to make his churches the most beautiful buildings you’re ever likely to see.

And then, of course, there’s the music, which matured over the next 200 years to produce such great works that we still play them today.  Think our popular music will be played 300 years from now?  Here’s a piece you proabably know, written about 300 years ago:

Imagine life in the early 1700s (when Bach was a church organist — 200 years after Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel).  The only sounds you heard were those of nature–birds chirping, rustling leaves, whistling wind, the roar of the sea, the gentle wash of a babbling brook or running stream.  Think of this as the background music of the day upon which you hear the human voice: the sigh of a maiden in love; the jealous rage of a prince betrayed; the joyful song of family gathered around a crackling fire; a newborn’s cradle gently rocking on wide pine boards to his mother’s soft candlelight serenade.

People of the day spent their lives listening to the sounds of nature augmented only by music they made themselves, the notable exception being on Sunday.  Church music was an utterly exotic and extraordinary sound — and most likely the loudest sound anyone ever heard.

So, you fill the most impressive building in the city with the best art and music available anywhere on Earth and you’ve got a draw.   That’s what got people to church.  And it still does.  Just ask Greg Bover who buys most of the organs he builds at CB Fisk.

Regardless of their religious affiliations, more people go to church during big celebrations than at any other time — and a big reason is that’s when the music and pageantry (entertainment wrapped in ceremony) are at their best.  Check out this video of an Easter 2012 church service to see what I’m talking about:

What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?

Are you the type of person who actually LOVES Christmas songs? I am, and find it really keeps my spirits lifted during the holiday season. I enjoy playing it throughout our home and when in the car (to the dismay of my husband) and adore Christmas music of all genres; traditional carols and standards, spirituals, and most especially, pop and rock and roll Christmas songs.  My list is quickly growing too long as I write this–The Pretender’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” U2′s “Baby Please Come Home,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” Eartha Kit’s “Santa Baby,” and a new favorite, Michael Buble’s version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” to name only a very few. If you have a favorite Christmas song, or two, or three, or more, I would love to know yours.

Here’s of one of my all time favorites to keep your spirits up and to get you through the holiday madness, “Christmas All Over Again,” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I think you’ll enjoy the funny and sweet lyrics.

Well, it’s Christmas time again

Decorations are all hung by the fire

Everybody’s singin’, all the bells are ringing out

And it’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

Long distance relatives

Haven’t seen ‘em in a long, long time

Yeah, I kind of missed ‘em, I just don’t wanna kiss ‘em, no

It’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

And all over town, little kids gonna get down

And Christmas is a rockin’ time, put your body next to mine

Underneath the mistletoe we go, we go

Everybody’s singin’, all the bells are ringin’ out

It’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

And right down our block, little kids start to rock

And Christmas is a rockin’ time, put your body next to mine

Underneath the mistletoe we go, we go

Merry Christmas time come and find you happy

And there by your fire, I hope you have a good one

I hope momma gets her shoppin’ done

And it’s a Christmas all over again

Baby, it’s Christmas all over again

And it’s Christmas all over again

Now let’s see, I want a new Rickenbacker guitar

Two Fender bassmans

Chuck Berry songbooks, xylophone

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line

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Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, December 19th
Christmas Songs…
with Special Guests: J.B. AMERO, Allen Estes & Friends!

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Everyone joins in for a festive holiday night at the Rhumb Line this week.  It’s gonna be me, J.B., Allen, and all who wish

to sing and share the good cheer with friends, family and loved ones… and it’s gonna be warm and cozy, baby! ~ Fly

Lighting the Menorahs

On the last day of Hanukkah, I had the privilege of participating in a Hanukkah party at the Temple Ahavat Achim.  I haven’t had time to get all the photos ready yet, but here’s one to give you a taste of the evening.  More will be forthcoming.  Here, the members of the congregation are lighting the candles of the menorahs they brought from home.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

DECA WINTER SPECIAL

GMG GHS Correspondent Marlee Melvin Submits-

DECA students from GHS are selling their scarfs for a great deal of only eight dollars to support their DECA competition this coming January. These DECA students are selling them to other students at lunch last Friday. 

Community Stuff 12/18/12

Hello Joey,

Happy winter holidays!

I could not think of a better person to ask but you, you know everything and everyone in Gloucester!

I would like to come for painting snow in the town in the mid of february 2013. Do you know anybody who would offer a studio for me, perhaps with the space to live in?

If not, could we ask through the goodmorninggloucester?

Thank you very much for your help.

All the best to you and your family, and Marry XMas.

Katerina
www.katapostrophe.com


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Happy holidays

And best wishes for a healthy and happy 2013.

Coming Productions

“The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”: February 27 – March 3 @ Gorton Theatre, Gloucester

William Shakespeare Birthday Celebration: April 23 @ Venue TBA

“Love’s Labour’s Lost”: May 10,11,12,17,18,19 @ Rockport Community House