Category Archives: The Muppets

“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)!

I do not own any of the following images or videos!

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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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Taxtime Tunes”!

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So how are you doing on those taxes, fellow Jammers?

Whether you’re panicking because you’re filing late or breathing a deep sigh of relief because you finished before the deadline, relax and have fun with us on this week’s Jammin’ with Jamie!

Yes, we’re filing this annual Jammin’ with Jamie tradition a tad late this year, but unlike filing income taxes late, there’s no penalty for having a tax-themed jam session late… I think.

Either way, you don’t need to file any paperwork to reap the benefits of…


“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Meteorological Melodies”!

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It’s March, which means a major upheaval in weather. In the Midwest in particular, it means a mix of heat, snow, wind, rain, rainbows, and more.

So pack your raincoat, winter boots, sunscreen, and all your other weather-braving supplies for this whirlwind jam session, because this week, the forecast calls for…

“Here’s your ‘Local on the 8s’!”

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Friendship Follies”!

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It’s time to continue another grand and beloved––– by me, anyway––– Jammin’ with Jamie tradition!

Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, the intense focus on romantic relationships has become… slightly less intense. But whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, it’s important to remember that other relationships are just as important!

So grab your friends and join us for a flock of…

“Thank you for being a Jammer!”

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Love at First Listen Lyrics”!

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Next week is Valentine’s Day.

Now that you’ve returned from buying a gift in a panic, let’s move on to this week’s Jammin’ with Jamie theme!

Continuing a grand and beloved (by me, anyway) Jammin’ with Jamie tradition, we’ll be spending Valentine’s Day jammin’ to songs that’ll make us cry… because we’re laughing so hard!

In the first part of a two-part theme, we’ll be dodging Cupid’s arrows to the tune of…

It’s true love!