Saturday, November 06, 2010

My first YouTube video to achieve 100,000+ views!

This is the world video premiere of my cousin Kelley Mooney's approved spiritual lyrical adaptation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". She was accompanied by the Chorale Voce dell' Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

I'm pleased to announce that it just hit 100,000+ views on YouTube today! That is so awesome! Thanks to everyone out there who's posted it to their blogs and shared it with friends. The feedback and comments have been phenomenal!

Kelley was invited by Monette to be a special guest performer at Chorale Voce dell' Anima annual concert. She performed three songs, one of which was "Hallelujah".

Thanks to Léandre Bourgeois for the awesome soundtrack that was synched to my video. Sounds so much better than the original sound from my camera!


Piano: Brigitte Lavoie
Double Bass: Monica Lang
Violin: Marie-Andrée Gaudet
Percussions: Joey Roy


Kelley Mooney:
Monette Gould:

Check out Kelley's cover of Dolly Parton's "Wildflowers" here:

And check out Kelley's cover of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" here:

Friday, November 05, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Charlieissocoollike: The Liker Chain

Kids too old to be Halloweening will get a not so subtle hint

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Moncton Times & Transcript
Editorial section

I often wonder what possesses kids to go trick-or-treating long past their acceptable trick-or-treating age. Well, the obvious reason is free candy, I know, but don't they realize they just look foolish? But then again, for free candy, who wouldn't?

Halloween was just a few days ago. Lots of people were chatting on Facebook about the number of kids who came to their doors in search of sugar-laden goodies. Most people I talked to had a really weird year, either getting many more than usual (like I did - almost double) or barely any compared to years past.

I had my case of 48 full-size boxes of Smarties to give out. A few minutes before 8 p.m., I gave away the last two. I couldn't believe it. I usually plan for double the number of kids who normally arrive at my door (24'ish) and end up with lots of leftovers to give away!

And to make matters worse, my doorbell rang after I ran out because three boys mistook my outside security light as the universal sign that I was still open for Halloween business. Unfortunately, I had to tell them I ran out. I felt bad, especially because I gave away candy this year to kids practically old enough to be the parents of the kids I had to send away with nothing.

Look, if you're in high school and have decided to sport a full beard - a real one at that! - it's time to stop going door-to-door at Halloween. Seriously! Reality check: it's pitiful, not funny in the least and makes you look a little on the greedy side.

Don't get me wrong, though. All the kids who knocked on my door this year were excessively polite - both the bearded and the beard-free. They all said a hearty thank-you and wished me a happy Halloween. I couldn't have asked for more courteous kids at my door. Even the two who showed up with facial hair were very nice. But because of them and a few other kids who were way too old to be out going door-to-door, I ran out of treats for kids who were actually of age to go trick-or-treating. I felt bad for that.

If you decide to grow a beard, you can obviously father a child. You should no longer be trick-or-treating. Just sayin'. Leave the free candy to the younger kids - maybe aged 13 or 14 and younger.

I think we treat-givers should band together to dole out disposable razors to the trick-or-treaters we deem too old to be out. Even the girls... yes... they get pink razors for their legs. That would be my way of perhaps telling them it's time to stay home and hand out candy, not be knocking on doors.

Every year, I hear people complain that there are kids knocking on their doors who are way too old for Halloween. Well, if we all unite and start to give out razors, then we'll send them a clear message that the only thing they should be knocking on at their advanced age is the door of potential part-time employers.

Apart from handing out razors to these way-past-puberty teens, how else can we old curmudgeons make our point? I say we start honing in on their territory to get even. Since little kids can't really defend themselves against the older dudes and dudettes, we'll have to do it for them!

First, if there's a popular teen movie playing in town, let's show up with our hearing aids turned on "high" - you know, enough to cause that annoying high-pitched squeal that some hearing aids make. Imagine 100 of us sitting around these teenagers and constantly adjusting our hearing aids. We would drive them crazy.

Then, a bunch of us would create what I call "The Booze Posse" and stake out liquor stores around town looking for the same "kids" who came to our door and who are now trying to buy beer. Of course, we'd have to be crafty and pretend we're just innocently asking a question. "Hey Sonny!" I'd ask, "How did you like the Smarties I gave out at Halloween when you came to my door? What are you buying? Beer? You must be way too young to buy beer if you're out trick-or-treating!" This would, of course, result in him getting asked for identification and promptly thrown out on his behind.

Not that I ever didn't shave for a few days in order to look older before I bought beer when I was an underage teenager. Perish the thought. May I be struck by lightning if I'm lying. Wait! I had my fingers crossed behind my back.

Or how about we all show up at their favourite skateboard park wearing spandex over our cellulite and tripping them up with our walkers and canes? "Sorry, sonny! Didn't see ya! Cataracts, don't ya know!"

Do you like the idea but are too fragile to get out on your own? Get together with a group of friends and convince the over-the-hill trick-or-treaters that they'll get a credit toward their high school graduation by accompanying you on a day trip to a local tourist attraction. On the way there on the bus, chow down on laxatives and prune juice and then time "the perfect storm" to happen just as you arrive at your destination. "Sonny, if you're old enough to go trick-or-treating, you're old enough to change my diaper. Grandpa made a boom-boom. Now clean me up!" The looks of horror would be worth it.

But we all know that resistance is futile. Kids way too old to be trick-or-treating were going door-to-door when I was a kid... and they'll be doing it years from now, too. I'll just stock up on disposable razors next year and hopefully they'll get the hint.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

This week's Hump Day column...

... is about being too old to go out trick-or-treating and some ideas for discouraging kids with full beards from going door-to-door.

Check out today's Hump Day column in the editorial section of the Moncton Times & Transcript. It will be posted online here tomorrow.

Remember... if it's Wednesday, it's Hump Day!

(Click on the photo to purchase a t-shirt with the saying on it.)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Welcome, November!

Today, we welcome November... the month of remembrance (Remembrance Day in Canada), thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.) and the onslaught of Christmas (pretty much everywhere!).

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010!

Happy Halloween 2010! Enjoy these vintage Halloween cartoons from days gone by...