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Monday, 22 December 2014

A Piece of History 3: My Favourite Christmas Memory

This Piece of History is brought to you in conjunction with the Christmas Bloghop hosted by Cherdo On the Flipside and Janie Junebug. Pretty self-explanatory really... Tell us about your favourite Christmas memory.



The moment I considered that question, one memory sprang immediately to mind. Back in 2011, taken by the Christmas spirit and hosting Christmas dinner at our house, I decided to take my cousins aside and propose to them the idea of gracing the family with a performance. They were keen to take part.

It was a struggle. I was nowhere near as competent at singing or guitar playing as I am now. I was still on my first guitar, which I'd gotten for $90 at Cash Converters. My cousins fought as we rehearsed, quitting two or three times in the process. But in the end, I think we worked it all out.


42 comments:

  1. Hey Michael! That was very sweet!
    Merry Christmas - good to meet you, sir!

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  2. You actually have your Christmas memory on film (digital film)!?! That's great. To echo Dixie's thought, very sweet.

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    1. I put EVERYTHING in digital form. It saves the work of relying on an unreliable memory.

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  3. A memory you'll always have to watch too, awesome one indeed. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Michael, that was perfect!! I love it (I'm a huge Lennon fan, fyi.) Your "dancers" are divine, ha ha. They really got me in the spirit of Christmas!

    Have a Merry Christmas, dear Michael, and God bless. Thanks for participating in the blog hop - it wouldn't be the same without you.

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    1. haha Cherdo you flatter me ;) Thanks for having me!

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  5. Bravo, everyone! Awesome performance!

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  6. A Christmas song with backup singers AND dancers? (I'm glad she didn't hurt herself!) That's damn hard to top. Nicely done, and have a Merry Christmas!

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  7. What a special memory. I'm glad someone thought to record it. Your singing and guitar strumming are very good. Their singing and enthusiasm are...enthusiastic and heartfelt. It's all adorable! xo

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  8. Face hurting smiles from here. That is a wonderful memory - thank you for sharing it.

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  9. What can I say, man? You're a budding Yoko Ono! The young lady was dancing beautifully until she decided to steal the limelight by doing the splits. You'll have to keep an eye on that madam!

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    1. I think it worked. No complaints from me :)

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  10. "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!"

    Pretty cool that your favorite memory was captured for future viewing, AND that the cousins managed the full 1:13 performance without an argument mid-song. Ha!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Yeah I was worried that would happen :P

      Michael G D'Agostino
      'A Life Examined'

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  11. When I was little, way, way back, the family movies often ended a holiday celebration, involving setting up the screen and getting out the projector. 16mm.
    What a sweet little film you have.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Nowadays, I can record these things on my phone and instantly send them around the world.

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  12. Michael, my first visit, but what a delightful memory to share. And as you have stated above, you can record your music and send it all around the world...including to your blogger friends. I'll be back!

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  13. I enjoyed the performance, but where is Yoko? Thank you for hopping with us.

    Love,
    Janie

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  14. This is a special memory and captured on film-Great!

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    1. I capture practically everything on film :P

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  15. I don't know what's more impressive. The singing, dancing, guitar playing or that wicked split your cousin did right in the middle of the song.

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  16. Happy Xmas, Michael! John would be pleased.

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    1. It's a little-known fact that I wrote that song and let John have it.

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  17. That's my favorite Christmas song ever. I hope it's a good one... :)

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  18. I think that you guys did good entertaining.

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  19. Sorry it took me so long to comment, but I couldn't view the video from my work computer and hadn't had a chance to watch it at home, yet. But I just watched it and I'm so glad, because that was so precious! And it reminded me of my childhood, because my cousins and I would often put on a show for our parents, too :)

    And you have a really nice voice!

    Hope you had a great Christmas :)

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    1. Aw that sounds lovely. Were they similar performances to that video?

      Thanks! Pretty sure it's better now though.

      I did thanks :)

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  20. My favorite Christmas memory was when we bought presents for my mom's co-worker at the time. She just went through a divorce. Her husband cheated on her. She didn't have the money for Christmas at all. My parents took us out, we bought gifts, and we parked a few blocks away from their house. My Dad delivered their gifts, and ran back to the car. To this day they don't know that the packages were delivered from us.

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    1. That's so cool! It must have given her a great feeling.

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