Have a great one, kitties, and here’s hoping for better days ahead. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

“Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!” – Ogden Nash

Happy New Year from Freakoutville

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Welcome the new year with one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Featuring Carla Thomas, this is THE perfectly perfect soulful track for New Year’s Eve… Otis Redding with “New Year’s Resolution”!

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

Merry Christmas, cool cats!!! May you have reason for great joy! And to those for whom joy is in short supply, may the New Year bring better days ahead. xoxo, Jude K and Freakoutville.

Merry Christmas 2013 from Freakoutville

Happy Holidays, pussycats! Whatever you do (or do not) celebrate this time of year, I wish you the best. Hoping your next year will be better than the last. Wishing you good health, happiness and may your dreams for the New Year come true. Thanks for being great … xoxo, Jude Kane

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!” –  Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)

Xmas 2013 @Freakoutville

“It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season – like all the other seasons – is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them, and that’s the end of this particular story.” – Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), The Lump of Coal

If you celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving! And if you don’t… have a great Thursday! xo Jude

Happy Thanksgiving from Freakoutville

Got plenty to be grateful for, including the great fans and supporters here on Freakoutville. Thanks to all of you, both the quiet ones and those who comment or send messages. I appreciate you, really do. Now, how ’bout some Soul Dressing with your turkey? Booker T & the MG’s serve it up:

Whether you’re working or chillin’ on this holiday in the USofA, give yourself some props for contributing to the strength, prosperity and well-being of this country. Happy Labor Day!

“‘Working in the Coal Mine’ was written by the great New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint . He selected another New Orleans native, Lee Dorsey, to record the song, and when it came out in 1966, it reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts. As is the case with most of the Toussaint/Dorsey material, this song in aided in no small part by the great groove laid down by members of The Meters, who accompanied Dorsey on many of his recordings. In fact, this could be one of the greatest grooves ever recorded — by Dorsey, The Meters or anyone else.” – NPR Music