I’m taking things a little slow with the blog this week. I’m about to begin a four-day sojourn into the hectic world of holiday cooking and baking, starting tonight with a from-scratch pumpkin pie. This will be followed tomorrow by corn pudding for a potluck, a pumpkin cheesecake on Friday for my husband’s birthday, a full Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, and putting up Christmas lights on Sunday. Whew! I’m going to be very busy! Restful weekend? Ha!
But I couldn’t take a guilt-free holiday break without leaving you with something amusing. I’ll admit it. I have several years’ worth of ideas for blog posts on Christmas music, but I don’t really associate Thanksgiving with anything musically in particular. Certainly not with anything of a traditional nature. I had to really rack my brains on this one, but then in a flash (a true eureka moment) it hit me!
The Addams Family!
I’m sure this is the point at which any readers still floating around out there are truly beginning to question my sanity. But I’m being absolutely serious. The Addams Family, specifically the second movie, 1993’s Addams Family Values, is just the perfect thing to inspire a… festive(?)… Thanksgiving song. While at the yuppie summer camp for annoyingly rich blonde children, Wednesday and Pugsley are forced (along with a whole slew of minority and/or disabled campers) to play the Native Americans in a musical re-telling of the first Thanksgiving. As is their want, Wednesday and Pugsley quickly take over and reshape (read: destroy) the director’s vision and warp it to suit their own creepy and slightly disturbing purposes. Hey, what is Thanksgiving without hints of cannibalism, threats of scalping, and a burning village? It may even have converted a few people to vegetarianism…
So many great actors in this movie. Be on the look out for Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski as the perky (and bigoted) camp owners, as well as a young David Krumholtz as Wednesday’s Gomez-in-waiting.
Anyway, here it is now for your holiday listening pleasure and turkey-eating accompaniment. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!