Name: Mad Monk of the Midlands

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Santa and His Ho! Ho! Ho!

By now, if you’ve checked the website, you probably know you can get the newest Milo Bobbins and the Budget Boys’ tune for free. Hey, it’s about Santa, and Santa’s all about GIVING!

The idea for the song came during Christmastime of 2007. I heard a radio report that some folks, I believe in Australia, were worried it would send the wrong message if Santa kept laughing with his trademark “Ho-ho-ho!” Remarkably, it seems they believed that somehow a connection would be made between Santa and hip-hop performers who often refer to women as “ho’s”— ­ of course, a slang abbreviation for “whore.”

I was stunned that political correctness could go this far. Then again, any movement that tends toward hysteria: ­ witch-burning, “The Final Solution”, “Obama is a Muslim”—eventually goes off the deep end.

So the idea kept rolling around in my mind, as I imagined pot-bellied-Santa’s elves morphing into red-bikini-clad hotties. Eventually I worked out the lyrics, and my brother, Harmonica-Billy, and Keyboard-Wiz-Putter and I gathered at the Wine Café to record it on a Saturday afternoon in October. We got some really good takes, but unfortunately, Milo tends to take liberties with the rhythm, and we had to redo and re-mix it. So five days later, we gathered at Putter’s Tea House at the edge of the Ravine and did the final take. Putter mixed it down, and we hope you enjoy.

Money is always short for Milo, as it is for the majority of us, but we’re hoping to do a video of the song next summer and load it up to You Tube.

The Red-Man has already agreed to play Santa. That should be a tough part, havin’ to hang with the Ho’s. We might even have some sort of party to film it live. Who knows how it’ll work out?

I don’t know why I’m drawn to quirky Christmas themes. I love the feeling of Christmas, but I think I’m overwhelmed by the commercialism of it, the Marketing Vehicle it’s become for just about everything except peace and forgiveness and love. I don’t think Jesus would be happy that a guy got trampled at Wal-Mart by Christmas shoppers stampeding for bargains.

Anyway, Milo’s next album project is likely to be a Christmas-New Year’s-themed jobbie. Got some songs stashed, and half-gestated on some legal pads strewn around the Disaster Room where I create. In the meantime, Happy Holidays, and do some Random Acts of Kindness.

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