The Joup Friday Album – Fantastic Mr. Fox OST

617wv2bZRTL._SX466_My very dear, fellow Joupers:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days – perhaps tonight. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when Thanksgiving should be no more. 

Tis hard to see the mighty prancing of reindeer, trampling the turkeys and pilgrim hats beneath their merciless feet. No cranberry or pumpkin to administer relief in that hour the most sad in the history of holiday cheer. O the holiday cheer. O the horrors premature twinkling lights and Black Friday sales. Truly it may be considered the most cruel and awful scourge which can befall the period between Halloween and Christmas. Heaven grant there may be an end soon.

If I love quietness and rest of a tryptophan and carbohydrate-induced slumber, the Salvation Army bell ringers and crumple of sales papers interrupt me. The War on Christmas truly is hell on earth. 

I take solace, however, dear friend, in the comfort in a tale from England of woodland creatures on a mission. This mission is very simple, and that’s the gathering of a great feast, bespoke in a palette of autumn colors.  The euphoric sounds of Alexandre Desplat, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones that accompany this moving picture provide a brief respite of what’s to come. I’m even willing to relish in many a song by the controversial Holiday double-agent, Burl Ives, in admiration of a soundtrack that could accompany any joyous Thanksgiving dinner.

The battles have been raging all month and I’ve heard talk of toy soldiers and snowmen gaining from the distance. O how I long for this war to end. How I long for peace. How will I hail the day when I can feast on mashed potatoes and stuffing. My dear friend I hope to see you.

Affectionately yours, 


Happy Thanksgiving!

I couldn’t think of a better album to review this week than The Fantastic Mr. Fox Original Soundtrack.

Granted, Mr. Fox isn’t technically a Thanksgiving movie, but when you look at colors and theme and the fact that it features a soundtrack that goes great with friends and wine, it kind of seemed like a no-brainer. It’s a weird mix, just like the family that gathers together this time of year.  I can make a batch of stuffing with my mom with this playing in the background, and we’d both be beyond happy.

Relax, grab your “fat pants” out of the closet, and enjoy a quirky combo of sweet instrumentals and classic crowd-pleasing tunes that don’t smack you in the face with their festivity. Give your loved ones a hug from me while you’re at it.

Tag, Shawn.

One Response to The Joup Friday Album – Fantastic Mr. Fox OST
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    Great lazy, sick day listen too! Thanks Katie

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