A Jersey Christmas in the Stars
My little hiatus from blogging lasted
a bit a lot longer than I had intended. So what brought me back from the depths of the internet and inspired me to start writing again? A weird little Christmas song from 1980, of all things.
Apparently that year saw the release of “Christmas in the Stars,” a Star Wars-themed Christmas album. Despite being a big (though not obsessive) Star Wars fan, I never knew such a thing existed. Perhaps if there was a Chanukah song, that would be different story – what I wouldn’t give to hear Chewbacca’s rendition of I Have a Little Dreidel!
Anyway, while in New Jersey this weekend, one of the songs from the album happened to be played on my favorite Jersey radio station, Princeton University’s WPRB 103.3 FM. The title? R2D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas. In this song, a children’s choir repeatedly sings the title and continues to profess their love for the little droid. Why Earth-based children would incessantly convey well wishes for a holiday certainly not celebrated in a galaxy that has never heard about this Jesus guy is beyond me. (On a side note, due to his neurotic nature, constant complaining and slightly effeminate mannerisms, I think it’s safe to assume C-3PO is Jewish).
You’re probably thinking, what does this whole thing have to do with New Jersey? Well, in addition to the aforementioned children’s choir, there is an older guy doing the lead vocals. As it turns out, that guy is a not-yet-famous Jon Bon Jovi, credited by his real and apparently too ethnic sounding name, John Bongiovi. That’s right – before making hits about Tommy and Gina, cowboys riding steel horses, and (…can’t think of any other Bon Jovi songs…), one of New Jersey’s most famous residents was singing dumb little holiday songs to fictitious robots on other planets!
Wow – it feels good to blog again! And, this being the end of the year, it’s time for my annual promise to write more often. I hope I can keep it this year!