289 Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Special Christmas for Corsairs Edition
In this issue:
Ye'd better believe buccaneers enjoy the holiday as much as anyone!
For those who have already made "Pirate Santa" your new yuletide favorite, there's great news! The story is now also available in an interactive iPad version! You also can obtain the CD version, in which our our own Cap'n Slappy reads the story, accompanied by the whimsical music of Mr. Mac, also known in piratey circles as Aloysius MacKnucklepeck.
And for those who don't already know "Pirate Santa" – the children's holiday tale by Cap'n Slappy with terrific illustrations by Jun Alverado, all wrapped up in a package prepared by Talderoy and the crew of Ye Olde Tattoo Shoppe – well, what are ye waiting for? It's the story of a crew of pirates angered by Santa's "naughty or nice" edict who take the holiday into their own hands. And it features many members of the pirate community you see at fairs and festivals all year long.
Get yourself over to www.piratesanta.com and check it out!
Speaking of Pirates and Music and Christmas, our pal Tom Mason has released a new CD that's a must for your collection. "It's a Pirate's Christmas" by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers mixes piratey growls and jaunty nautical tunes with the spirit of the holidays. The title song, "Pirate's Christmas," tells the story of a crew of cutthroats who give Santa a hand (lot of that going around) by lending him their ship to deliver presents. You've gotta love a song that ends, "Yo Ho Ho Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum!" You can hear Tom singing this one on youtube at
But my favorite – by far – is his song "A Good Year to You," a wistful, poignant song appropriate anytime the we complete another circle 'round the sun. Perfect Winter Solstice song. And the rest of the album is first rate. It's the first time I've ever heard "I Saw Three Ships" sung by someone who actually sounds as if he's seen three ships, and you've never heard "Auld Lang Syne" like this, like an old sea dog lamenting fallen friends. Tom's a top-notch blues guitarist and his bandmates do a great job making traditional carols sound nautical and exotic.
You can purchase "It's a Pirate's Christmas" at his website, www.tommason.net.
And, speaking again of Pirates and Music and Christmas, let me direct your attention once again to our video of "Pirate Plunderland."
And if you don't enjoy it, well, at least it's short.
And finally, for pigskin pirates who enjoy a little football with their freebooting, the East Carolina Pirates will play Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl later this month. So gather around the flickering warmth of the television to cheer on the Pirates!
Happy holidays to ye!
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
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