Happy Christmas Weekend and Happy Hanukkah to everyone! This week's video: Dominic the Donkey!
There are many Christmas novelty songs on the radio – there's one station that started playing nothing but holiday music back in mid-November and I'd be ready to scream if I worked here. I hear “Dominic” a few times this time a year, as I think it's pretty popular in the New York and Boston radio stations.
I have a big soft spot for Dominic because there's a big cemetery near my home, and Lou Monte is buried there. Monte co-wrote and sang Dominic, and it amazes me that a song from 1960 is still played every year on the radio, in a music industry that Mr. Monte is a little bit different from when he first wrote it. Dominic the Donkey will SIT IN YOUR BRAIN for a YEAR or MORE, but it makes me smile to think that one novelty song has lasted more than fifty years and still makes people smile.
This morning I learned from Hannah Poynter via Twitter that in the UK, there's a campaign from The Chris Moyles Show on BBC1 to get Dominic to #1 in the UK on Christmas. There's even a #dominicthedonkey hashtag. GO DOMINIC GO!
So I hope your holiday season is beautiful and warm, and that the smiles and silliness you bring to others lasts as long as Dominic the Donkey. Happy holidays, everyone! EEE HAW EEE HAW!