(Holiday!) Video of the Moment #2762: Paul Thomas Saunders

By on Friday, 22nd December 2017 at 6:00 pm

I thought we could all use a bit of levity this holiday season, especially for us Americans who have had to gape in horror at what our government is doing. Singer/songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders now has a new single out that’s perfect for this time of year, ‘Christmas, the Sequel’. I like a musician who has goals, and Saunders’ goal with this latest tune is to lay the ground work for what he’d like to do, if someone just gives him enough money: to make a true Christmas apocalypse film. (For some reason, I thought Shaun of the Dead was a Christmas film, but I had to check in Wikipedia to confirm that wasn’t the case. Too bad.) Here’s the man in his own words:

I’m a big Christmas movie fan, but every time the festive season comes around I feel that there’s a giant black-hole of a gap in the market. The Christmas apocalypse movie. No-one would give me the desired budget to make said Christmas apocalypse movie, so this year, the world will have to make do with just the theme tune. I was going for one-part ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, one-part ‘The Road’ – however, it may just be somewhere in the middle of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Armageddon’. Oh Well.

While the song might not be as light as we could use, the video directed by Elliot Tatler is amusing, and the lyrics “help the new year to its feet” couldn’t be better timed. If you’ve had a bad 2018 – or indeed, your country has as a whole – remember, we can come back from the sleepy holidays with intention and purpose on the 1st of January. I know I will.

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