Topic: "Twismas Tunes" (5)
Doing business as the Holiday Season approaches and surrounds Frodo is difficult enough, but there is also a seasonal intensity for closure prior to a seemingly universal period of inactivity. Frodo has been circling Middle Earth as a participant in the frenzy, and sometimes it is difficult to match appointments with directions, and he ends up somewhere that has no relationship to his end-goal. Despite MAPQUEST and his GPS, Frodo finds that if the starting point is a misdirection, then efforts to correct mid-course leave him dodging icebergs (some might call them red lights, traffic accidents, and police cars). There is an open bottle of GELUSILS on the seat of his motorcar.
There is also Scott Shannon, disc jockey extraordinaire, who will play a song by the Dixie Belles, then comment on something astounding in the news, cleverly disguising a segue into another song which may have been the only hit ever penned by one named Harry Chapin. Then, there is Bing Crosby, or Bing Crosby and David Bowie, Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, and possibly even Alvin of Chipmunk fame, warbling a unique composition about the Season. Frodo's blood pressure returns to the sub-normal of the long-distance runner.
Christmas songs also reflect the American art form. "Silver Bells," "I'll be Home for Christmas," "The First Noel," and "The Little Drummer Boy," all have their place in the traditions of the Winter Equinox. But it is Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" that brings out the little boy in Frodo. What about that great video of Dolly and Kenny, portraying their chance meeting in the days before World War II, in a pub in a jolly, old Hollywood Sound Stage? It makes Frodo want to see if his personal choreography matches the picture in his mind.
Who cares if Frodo is fifteen minutes late for the meeting with that corpulent representative of an underperforming financial institution? Scott just put a spin on Gene Autry, and Frodo will spend a few seconds singing along until he reminds himself that the reindeer still love him, too.