We think it's safe to say 2013 was a big year in music. Everything from Gaga going full on performance art, to Justin Timberlake taking music to a new luxury level with the best selling album this year and Lorde breaking out as Best New Artist. And we can't forget 2013 brought us the "Harlem Shake!" Check out Buzzfeed.com for the 26 Things That Defined Music this year!
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If you think the Griswold house in your neighborhood has set the bar high, check out the The New York Post's awesome pictorialof the most majestic holiday light displays from around the world!Our fav is Bogota, Columbia, which looks a little like the Vegas strip!
Santa Claus was not always a jolly old fellow. He did not always have long white whiskers and he did not always wear a big red suit. Like so many other traditions, he's a product of the great American melting pot - a blend of many different cultures and customs.
Long before he lived in the North Pole, and long before his yearly Christmas visits brought joy to all the children of the world, Santa Claus was a child himself. He was once just an ordinary baby boy living in a village in what is now Turkey.
The baby boy was just like any other, but his parents hoped for great things from their only son. They named him Nicholas, which means "hero of the people"
Even at a young age, Nicholas was a kind and generous boy. He often helped the people in his village. He shared his meals with those who had nothing to eat, he was always the first to lend a helping hand, and he brought joy to young and old alike.
At a very young age Nicholas joined the church. Nicolas became well-known throughout the land as a kind and wise young man. He was soon named a bishop of the church. Because Nicholas was still so young people called him the "Boy Bishop".
He wore a long red robe with a red hat, and traveled on horseback. At every village, happy children would spot his bright robe from a distance and gather in the road to greet him.
In one village, Bishop Nicholas heard the sorrowful tale of a poor old man and his three young daughters. It seemed the man could no longer feed his daughters, and he feared he would have to send them away from him. Nicholas knew he could help this family.
That night, while the whole village slept, Nicholas crept up to the hut where they three sisters lived. He climbed up to the rooftop to find the chimney. There Nicholas dropped three bags of gold, one by one, down the chimney stack. Earlier that day, the three sisters had hung their newly washed stockings by the fireplace to dry. Each small bag of gold that Nicholas dropped fell into one of the stockings below.
The next morning, the girls were overjoyed to find gold coins in their stockings. "Father", they called, running to wake him. "We have received a magical gift!"
As the story of these three sisters spread from village to village, other people began hanging their stockings by the fire, hoping to find a secret gift when they awoke the next morning. Though this was Bishop Nicholas' most famous gift, it was not his first good deed. And it would certainly not be his last.
For all of his good deeds, Bishop Nicholas was named a Saint. He is honored as the saint who looks after all children. Because of his wisdom and sensitivity, many groups claimed St. Nicholas as their patron saint. Children, orphans, sailors, and even thieves often prayed to the compassionate saint for guidance and protection. Entire countries, including Russia and Greece, also adopted him as their patron saint, as well as students and pawnbrokers.
The date of his death, December 6th, was commemorated with an annual feast, which gradually came to mark the beginning of the medieval Christmas season. On St. Nicholas' Eve, youngsters would set out food for the saint, straw for his horses and schnapps for his attendant. The next morning, obedient children awoke to find their gifts replaced with sweets and toys, found their offering untouched. St. Nicholas' Day is still observed in many countries, and gifts are exchanged in honor of the spirit of the brotherhood and charity that he embodied.
After the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century, the feasting and veneration of Catholic saints were banned. But people had become accustomed to the annual visit from their gift-giving saint and didn't want to forget the purpose of the holiday. So in some countries, the festivities of St. Nicholas' Day were merged with celebrations of the birth of Christ…Christmas. And although the gift-bearer took on new, non-religious forms, he still reflected the saints generous spirit.
In Germany, he appeared as Weihnachtsmann, in England as Father Christmas, and in France, as Pèrè Noël, who left small gifts in the children's shoes.
Immigrants to the New World brought along their various beliefs when they crossed the Atlantic. The Scandinavians introduced gift-giving elves, the Germans brought their decorated trees and the Irish contributed the ancient Gaelic custom of placing a lighted candle in the window.
In 1822 in the now-classic poem by Dr. Clement Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas," gave an Arctic flavor to Santa's image when he substituted eight tiny reindeer and a sleigh for St. Nicholas’ normal horse and wagon. It is Moore's description of Santa that we most often think of today: "He had a broad face, and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."
St. Nicholas' evolution into today's happy, larger-than-life Santa Claus is a wonderful example of the blending of countless beliefs and practices from around the world. This benevolent figure encompasses all the goodness and innocence of childhood. And because goodness is his very essence, in every kindness we do, Santa will always be remembered.
You've seen the HGTV shows about how places like Walt Disney World transform their parks into a Christmas paradise. Well no one does Christmas as over the top as Las Vegas. One of the MUST SEE Vegas stops is the Bellagio Conservatory...and it's free! Check out this incredible time lapse of the changeover from Fall to Holiday mode. I watched it 3x and will still be going back for more. You'll probably do the same as you wonder "Where did that 40 ft tree go, and when did those reindeer appear?" Amazing. Blow up the screen to at least double size for a better view!
Over the season, certain holiday songs have been given the Rob Lucas In The Morning Sexy Santa Song Seal Of Approval! These are songs that are perfect for livening up your cocktail party, or to have on the hi-fi while sharing a drink with that special someone (hey, there's a swanky 60's phrase) by the tree. Here's the the list...and it might contain some songs you wouldn't think of, but do fit the mood!
1. I Can't Wait For Christmas By Mindi Abair 2. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle By Herb Alpert 3. Sleigh Ride By Herb Alpert 4. Jingle Bells By Herb Alpert 5. My Favorite Things By Tony Bennett 6. This Christmas By Mary J. Blige 7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Michael Buble 8. All I Want For Christmas Is You By Michael Buble 9. Holly Jolly Christmas By Michael Buble 10. Christmas In The Sand By Colbie Calliat 11. All I Want For Christmas Is You By Mariah Carey 12. Merry Christmas Darling By The Carpenters 13. That Holiday Feeling By Michael Civisca and Mary Stahl 14. My Favorite Things By Kelly Clarkson 15. Mele Kalikimaka By Bing Crosby 16. Christmastime All Over The World By Sammy Davis Jr. 17. Jingle Bells By Sammy Davis Jr. 18. One More Sleep By Leona Lewis 19. White Christmas By Darlene Love 20. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home By Darlene Love 21. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Dean Martin 22. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm By Dean Martin 23. Marshmellow World By Dean Martin 24. Baby It's Cold Outside By Dean Martin and Martina McBride 25. Here Comes Santa Claus By Elvis Presley 26. White Christmas By Elvis Presley 27. Santa Claus is Back in Town By Elvis Presley 28. Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me By Elvis Presley 29.Mistletoe And Holly By Frank Sinatra 30. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag By Kay Starr 31. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Rod Stewart 32. Merry Christmas, Baby By Rod Stewart and Cee-Lo & Trombone Shorty 33. Happy Holidays By Andy Williams 34. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Andy Williams 35. Winter Wonderland By Andy Williams
RLITM loves to use non-traditional takes on traditional Christmas music (think the Mad Men 1960's era) for beds that punch up some of our on-air live segments. We get a lot of questions about them: Are they for sale, where do you find them, are they old school vinyl, new school downloads. The answer to all, is YES!
I fell in love with the Ultra Lounge Series put out by Capitol Records many years ago, and they're still available today! Click the links to check out and order Christmas Cocktails Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
And while you are there, check out the rest of the Ultra Lounge series, nearly twenty albums that touch on everything from SCI FI TV Themes to Vegas-laced instrumentals.
Tis the season...to scare people! Students from the Kilgore High School media department in Kilgore, Texas tried to prank faculty and other students with a "living" Christmas tree. It worked!
Because scaring people is what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!
The NY Daily News review says that "Anchorman 2" joins "Caddyshack II," "Airplane II," "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" and "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" on the list of unnecessary sequels. Like the bloated channels it parodies, the movie stretches to find something to say, then settles for stupid. The NY Post doesn't have much better
Stay Classy Will Ferrell. RLITM thinks he's now total Box Office Poison...
The number of ice fishing huts there are. The sport has nearly become shi shi foo foo! Huts as big as a camper with seating included? Is this even fair? Seems like you should sit on a folding chair with an old oil drum for heat the way Grumpy Old Men did.
By the way, even though we don't hunt, fish, camp, or pretty much do any recreation that doesn't involve a scoreboard or timer, Rob does love Gander Mountain. Great apparel and outdoor wear. Could drop a ton of $$ there easy. But you'll never catch him in camouflage!
Stephanie Christensen, girlfriend of Bills LB Manny Lawson says for these two it was love at first sight...or at least for him! Manny was not going to let her go, literally, he wouldn't let go of her hand when they met! Listen to their NFL love story and how it ended them in Buffalo! Stephanie has great things to say about living in an area with four seasons, Buffalo being a foodie city, and how great the feeling on the team is!
The holidays are stressful enough: from Christmas pageants to finding the perfect gift to deciding how much of Uncle Greg’s eggnog you can have, who can worry about decorations or keeping the kids entertained while you deck the halls?
The Do-It-Yourselfers at Buzzfeed give you the 38 Clever Christmas Hacks to make your Christmas full of jolly and look like the pros over at Macy’s decorated your house.
In an interview a few months ago with VH1, Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) explained how she “had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’” “It was just that word. It’s really cool.”
Rob: "So how's that deaf cat you had?"
Woman: "She died the day before my honeymoon!"
Rob: "Well you still have that other cat..."
Woman: "No, She passed about a year before. It's been a bad year for me and animals."
Rob (to himself): "Stop asking questions...why do I always ask the wrong thing...how fast can I get away...where's the bar"
1. DON’T be fashionably late.
This is a company function, not a random house party at which you might not know anyone. If the event is called for right after work, head over with a few colleagues. If it’s later in the evening, make a point of being on time—you wouldn’t be late for work, would you?
2. DON’T only talk shop.
Obviously, every guest has one very specific thing in common: work. However, nothing kills a festive mood faster than droning on about Q4, the status of that past-due spreadsheet, or how the copy machines never work. Instead, ask your colleagues if they have any other fun holiday plans, where they live (if you don’t know), or anything else not office-related. It’s a party, loosen up.
3. DON’T not mingle.
Anyone who’s worked in an office knows that inter-departmental cliques are inevitable, but social events are prime opportunities to get to know colleagues you don’t work with daily, or to introduce yourself to important people that aren’t in the office regularly—the CEO, important clients, folks from another city’s office. A little friendliness goes a long way at work. That said, DO NOT openly flirt with a colleague or—yikes!—hook up with one openly. Making out at the bar with that cute guy from sales in front of your VP? Not a good look.
4. DON’T bring a guest if you were asked not to.
Yeah, sometimes it sucks to have to exclude your significant other from festivities, but parties can get pricey—and your company probably thought long and hard about whether they have the budget to allow guests to attend. That said, don’t bring your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend anyway and think your office won’t notice because it’s only one extra person. They will. Also: Do not sneakily have them meet you at the end of the party just in time for one last drink, that’s childish. Use this off-the-clock time to hang with colleagues instead.
5. DON’T gossip.
The office party is not the time to bitch about your unfair boss, your annoying colleague, or the company’s politics at large. Not only do you run the risk of having the wrong person hear, but it’s also simply unprofessional. The company is celebrating its employees, and guests should be grateful.
6. DON’T show too much skin.
Festive attire is relative, but the fact that it’s a work event should be crystal-clear, so save the skin-tight sequin backless dress for a party you attend on your own time, not the company’s. Instead, try a festive sequin skirt paired with a tailored blazer, or a chic cashmere sweater. Also refrain from anything too low-cut, too teenager-y, or too flashy.
7. DON’T get hammered.
Not to be too preachy—we’re sure you know your limits—but nothing can bust your work reputation faster than getting too drunk at the holiday party. Avoid being the subject of next-day gossip (and the dreaded trip to HR) by keeping your intake to what you know you can handle—and eat first!
8. DON’T leave after five minutes.
You might think nobody will notice if you slip out after a few minutes, but guess what? They will. Showing up for a sec sends a message that you;ve got better things to do, which doesn’t reflect positively on you. If you truly have something pressing—your grandma’s 90th birthday, for example—be sure to shoot a note to your supervisors beforehand letting them know you’ll be leaving early, or you’re unable to attend. Likewise, don’t leave before saying goodbye to your boss.
9. DON’T be glued to your phone—or post real-time social media updates.
This is the big one: The act of obsessively checking your phone every two minutes is a party faux-pas—even at a work function. You can bet your boss won’t be thrilled if he’s trying to talk to you, and you’re staring at your iPhone the whole time. Checking Instagram can wait. No, it can’t? Then you might need a social etiquette crash course.
Similarly, do not post any status updates, tweet about your boss in real time, or snap any candid pics of colleagues when they’re not looking. That’s just weird.
10. DON’T forget to thank the organizers.
Like any good party guest knows, thanking your hosts is good form—you’ll look polite, grateful, and mature. No need to make a big show of it—sending a quick email the next morning to your boss or the team that organized the event is more than enough.
Christmas songs are incredibly polarizing. One persons favorite could be hated by their co-worker. The Huffingtonpost.com has found the truly bad...The 17 Best, Worst Christmas Songs Ever. From DMX and Regis Philbin to the guys from Duck Dynasty, these Christmas songs are so good, you won't be able to stop watching and listening! The short list is below, but click the hot link for the full story and videos. Courtesy of Kate Haskell, via Flickr
1. Jillian Hall - "I'll Be Home For Christmas" 2. Alvin and the Chipmunks - "The Christmas Song (Don't Be Late)"
3. William Hung - "Little Drummer Boy" 4. The Jingle Cats - "White Christmas"
5. New Kids On The Block - "Funky, Funky, Xmas" 6. Wham! - "Last Christmas" 7. Cyndi Lauper - "Christmas Conga" 8. Steve Mauldin - "O Holy Night" 9. The Cheeky Girls - "Have A Cheeky Christmas" 10. Diplo & Mad Decent - "A Very Decent Christmas"
11. DMX - "Rudolph The Red–Nosed Reindeer"
12. RuPaul - "RuPaul The Red–Nosed Drag Queen"
13. Regis Philbin - "White Christmas"
14. Twisted Sister – "Heavy Metal Christmas"
15. David Hasselhoff - "Silent Night"
16. Lady Gaga feat. Space Cowboy – "Christmas Tree"
17. Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" – "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas"
On the heels of our SPCA Radiothon, the last thing we wanted to hear was of a STAR FAN in Arcade losing her dog! Priscilla, who answers to Prissy, is a black and white Boston Terrier lost LAST FRIDAY (ugh!) in the Chaffee Rd / Curriers Rd area of Arcade. She has white front legs and chest, the rest mainly black. She has no collar, and needs meds (double ugh!) If you have any info call 585-457-4243. Michele, who works at the Arcade Penny Saver, thanks you so much, and gave us permission to post her information. The RLITM heart goes out to her!
Cindy Johnson's Chelsea, Michigan home is decorated with 177 Christmas trees! She owns 3,734 Hallmark ornaments and 5,000 generic ornaments. A rare 1982 Hallmark Frosty Friends ornament is Cindy's favorite and her smallest tree is 6 inches tall. Does she remind you of anyone you know?
Sometimes leaving Buffalo is a good thing, because then you realize how great it is to live here! Thats the story Amber Moorman, wife of Bills punter Brian, tells on the Better Half of The Bills. They are so happy to be back, they're strongly considering making Buffalo home after Brian's playing days are over. Amber also describes the difference between the Bills now and as little as one year ago, and how Cowboy fans are in it for the entertainment, and Bills fans are in it for football!
What an incredible 48 hours it was for the 10th Annual Star 102.5 SPCA Radiothon! Thank you Western New York, Southern Ontario, and even those listening online donating from far off places. The $172,000 plus will help soooo many animals have a better life, and allow the SPCA to be the miracle workers they are. And don't forget the SPCA in your daily life, they have a Wish Listof things they can use all the time. So keep the donations going all winter and summer long! Thank you for being an Angel For The Animals!
In case you missed 'em... the Grammy's were announced Friday Night. "Royals" is up for both record and song of the year, while "Blurred Lines" has a couple of nominations. Check the biggest categories below, Click here for the rest of the Grammy nominations!See who wins January 26th on CBS!
2013 Grammy Nominations
SONG OF THE YEAR
Just Give Me A Reason: Pink and Nate Ruess
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Roar: Katy Perry
Same Love: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Get Lucky: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
Just Give Me A Reason: Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Stay: Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Suit & Tie: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Blessed Unrest: Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories: Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City: Kendrick Lamar
The Heist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Red: Taylor Swift
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Night Train: Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom: Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park: Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story: Blake Shelton
Red: Taylor Swift
BEST NEW ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Get Lucky: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
Radioactive: Imagine Dragons
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Tis the season, for the Goo Goos to perform live! Our own Robby Takac and band members sang "live" for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting last night. If you were out Christmas shopping last night. A must watch! Photo Credit: Dianna Augustine, via Flickr
Today's the day! The 10th annual SPCA Radiothon is underway and their are miracles to be made. Since the Radiothon began 10 years ago, more than $1.7 million has been raised by you! Help us make the 10th annual Radiothon the biggest and best yet! Become an Angel for the Animals or make a one-time donation of any amount. Stop on down to 205 Ensminger Road in Tonawanda to see these animals in person! Donations can also be made to the Grosso Door and Hardware phone bank at 873-SPCA (7722) or make a donation online at yourspca.org.
Have 873-SPCA (7722) in your contacts and become and Angel For The Animals this Thursday and Friday during our 10th Annual SPCA Radiothon! You can also donate online at yourspca.org.
Here's a note we recently found on Petplace.com to put you in the mood to give till it feels good!
Dear Dogs and Cats,
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.
The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!
Thanks for your consideration and love,
Your mommy and daddy!
Bills LB Jerry Hughes' girlfriend Meghan Robinson joined us this morning with an incredible story about losing her dog (pic on the left) the day after Thanksgiving, and having him return home 25 hours later! You can just feel the emotion she went through as they searched downtown for her. Meghan also has some great stories about their first year in Buffalo, and how they would love to be here a long time.
What does this mean to your YouTube viewing? Nothing, really! Your favorite videos will still be there, but clickthis very cool article from the London Daily Mail Onlinefor a glimpse into the music industry, and how record lables got caught doing some very shady things to boost YouTube view numbers. It wasn't illegal...but it wasn't totally right, either.
Steve Morgan, one of the original members of Straight No Chaser joined RLITM with a preview of tomorrow’s show at Shea’s. They started the band to get girls! Who’d have thought? Steve also mentions how cool it was recording with Colbie Caillat in the studio where Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was recorded! The video link for the session is below.
Rob Lucas In The Morning loves the Andy Williams version of Winter Wonderland because...it's so different! When you think of this song, probably 5 or 6 other versions first come to mind, or could be considered more popular versions. But there's some very cool things about the "Andy" version:
The unexpected changes in key or octave throughout the song. Listen to the way he says "listenin'" and "Bluebird" in the first two lyrics. Not your traditional sing. Same for when the line "we can build a snowman" continues to climb, instead of dropping down on the "man."
The jazzy scat riff that Andy takes off on for about the last 15 sec of the song
The final "Sleigh Bells Ringggggggggg" over the last 5 seconds, that almost reek of the recording tape getting wobbly on the reel back when it was recorded (1965!) and them not wanting to do it over again upon listen-back.
Whether that wobble is pure happenstance, or totally intended, it's pure joy, and something that might have gone unnoticed in the myriad of Winter Wonderland's you hear of the holidays! GIve it a 2 minute and 9 sec listen