Category Archives: The Muppets

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Science Songs”!

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The end of the school year is fast approaching. For students and teachers, this means finals, grading, and lots and lots of brain work. But whether you’re going on summer break, going into the dreaded summer school, or haven’t set foot in a classroom in years, you need to stay sharp!

So, let’s head to our first class! First on our schedule…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Environmental Verses”!

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Can you feel it in the air? It’s time for another holiday! April 22 is Earth Day!

So bring your listening device of choice outside as we jam to an ecosystem teeming with…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “April Fools’ Follies (2018)”!

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I’m sure some of you are either preparing to pull pranks, bracing yourself for incoming pranks, or both. So while you strategically plant that whoopee cushion, jam with us for some inspiration… and maybe for some caution. Sometimes, pranks are fun, but don’t let the fooling go too far.

From fooling people, to being fooled, to fooling ourselves, to having foolish ideas, I can promise you one thing: jammin’ with us this week is not a fool’s errand, as we have a whole gag bag comically overflowing with…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Spring Songs (2018)”!

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We’re officially in a new season, so it’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re out tending your garden, flying a kite, or nursing some allergies, tune into Jammin’ with Jamie as we jam to some…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Villainous Verses (Part 1)”!

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This Jammin’ with Jamie jam session has been a long time coming… it’s been lurking in the shadows… biding its time… waiting for its moment… and now… at long last… its time has come.

Okay, enough with the excessive ellipses. Brace yourselves for what’s coming our way!

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Friendship Follies (2018)”!

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In another grand Jammin’ with Jamie tradition, since, last time, we acknowledged Valentine’s Day with a set of sidesplitting, sidesplitting serenades, this week, we’ll shift the focus to…

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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Comeback Choruses”!

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It’s true! After a sudden and longer-than-anticipated hiatus, “I’m ba-ack!” Jammin’ with Jamie is returning to 89.3 WNUR FM on Satuday, February 3!

Without any further ado, let’s dive right into our first theme since our break! I can’t think of a much better way to celebrate a comeback with a cavalcade of…

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Thoughts On: “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

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Whew, what a year I’ve been having! But more on that in a post I’ll put up just before the new year…

Anyway, without further ado, last Sunday, December 17, I saw a film that inspired me to pen another installment in my series on holiday/Christmas/winter movies and specials.

What film was so special that it woke me out of my writing reverie (in terms of this blog, anyway)?

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)!

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Here’s the trailer:

No, Mr. Dickens, I wasn’t trying to read over your shoulder! Don’t mind me!

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Plot: Charles Dickens, after a rush of inspiration, tussles with writer’s block, deadlines, and personal struggles as he strives to crack his latest work… A Christmas Carol.

There have been nigh countless adaptations of A Christmas Carol, from film, to TV, to stage––– from verbatim, to musical, to modernized, to gender-flipped––– from live action, to animation, to The Muppets! If you like A Christmas Carol at all, you have your favorite version or versions. You have your favorite ghost, your favorite scenes, your favorite lines… this story touches the hearts and souls of so many. Some may say such nearly-universal appeal cheapens it: I say, it enriches it. How special to be able to take a singular story about one person’s extremely personal journey and make it accessible and even relatable to so many.

Full disclosure: I’ve loved A Christmas Carol and so many of its adaptations for as long as I can remember. In fact, my very first acting role was as The Ghost of Christmas Present (my favorite ghost in the story)! Even though I was twelve at the time, I still remember so many of my lines, and would love to be involved in another adaptation of the tale someday.

Since The Man Who Invented Christmas is still in theaters as of this writing, and I do highly recommend it, I’ll do my best to avoid any spoilers of surprise moments. However, everyone has different definitions of what counts as a “spoiler,” so I shall still include my traditional warning…

Spoilers lurk beyond this point!

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