Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hard Rockin’ X-mas! - Christine DePetrillo

Hard Rockin’ X-mas!
Christine DePetrillo

Nothing screams holiday time to me more than some… head-banging? Yes, that’s right. Head-banging. The rhythmic tossing of one’s head back and forth, letting your hair swish around frantically to the hammering beat of drums and bass guitars. Forget sleigh bells and pine needles and sweet, innocent elves.

No. Give me the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! (Go ahead, click the link if you’ve never had the full experience.)

Incredible, right?

Every year for the past ten years, maybe more, I have been attending the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday show in November/December. This group combines heavy metal music with orchestra instruments and adds in a load of digital images, pyrotechnics, and lasers—yes, I said LASERS—to give the audience a sensory experience that blows minds. Let’s not forget the leather pants, the long, rocker hair, the spike-heeled boots, the low-cut black dresses, and the smoking hot way the musicians wail on their instruments. The voices on the singers are off-the-charts incredible as they tell the story of The Lost Christmas Eve.

With song titles like “Christmas Dreams,” “Wizards in Winter,” and “Different Wings,” this show is not your expected holiday treat. Music thunders inside of you. Your emotions are brought to the edge. Your eardrums may rupture, but it’s totally worth it. Trust me.

Many people enjoy The Nutcra… zzzzzzz… Sorry, I can’t even finish the name of that ballet without dropping into a coma. I once had to attend that show with an entire school of elementary
students. Do you have any idea how hard it is to pretend to be a mature adult who enjoys the ballet? Holy holly berries! It’s nearly impossible.

Other folks like to see A Christmas Carol performed live somewhere. Again, BORING! It really sizzles my chestnuts when local community theaters try to get all “artsy” with their rendition of this Dicken’s classic. I once saw a version that was done in about a foot and a half of water on the theater floor. Was there a flood? No. Did some pipes malfunction? Nope. It was considered “creative” and “innovative” to do it with the actors and actresses standing in water up to their ankles. In winter. In frosty New England.

Yeah, I don’t get it either. Clearly, I’m not cultured enough to comprehend this level of sophistication.

I am, however, perfectly capable of rocking out to metal-inspired, original holiday jams with a side of crazy electric violin and deep, rib-rattling cello. Totally more my speed.

This holiday season will be no different. It shall be blessed yet again by the magnificent TSO. I already have my tickets for seats with some good friends who have helped make this an annual Christmas tradition.

As long as they keep playing, I’ll keep paying to see them. They’ve totally hooked me and I’m ready to head-bang my way through the halls as I deck them. Not that anyone actually “decks” their halls anymore. Who talks like that?

Anyway, for more holiday fun, hop on over to The Roses of Prose group blog where you can enjoy FREE holiday reads from some fabulous authors throughout the month of December. There’s info on a giveaway I’m doing over there too. That’s all I’m telling you, so nudge, nudge. Go check it out. I also have some free holiday reads for you on my author website.

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Debra St. John said...

I love the Trans Siberian Orchestra, but I've only heard their music. It sounds like I'm missing out on the best part of the experience!

I have to admit, though, I do love "A Christmas Carol", although we saw an awful version once with a woman cast as Bob Crachit. Really?!

Lilly Gayle said...

I didn't see a link to the TSO, but I love "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo. Awesome, just awesome. And if you like them, check out Pentonix. They do an awesome acapella version of Little Drummer Boy.

Juli D. Revezzo said...

TSO is great, I agree. A Mad Russian's Christmas, that's all I need to know. ;) *Love* that song!