I have told you that Maine is a magical place, Modern Philosophers, and it feels even more so during the Holiday Season.
Maybe it’s all the snow, the Holiday decorations, and the way my fellow Mainers seem to be in better spirits.
Or maybe, it’s just the Otherworldly Beings.
I was feeding the kitties when the most beautiful sounds caught my attention. I followed the melody to my front door, and discovered that I had Christmas Carolers! This being Maine, however, meant it wasn’t just any old hodgepodge of singers gathered on the front porch of The House on the Hill.
I was being serenaded by Vampires and Snowmen!
They call themselves “The Bloody Cool Carolers”. How’s that for a wicked fun name?
“No humans would sing with us,” Barthol, one of the brooding Vampire tenors lamented to this Modern Philosopher. “We could explain ’til we were white in the face that we had no interest in drinking their blood, but they would never believe us. So we just gave up. The Snowmen don’t have blood, so it was a perfect match.”
One made in Christmas Carol Heaven I’d say.
“The humans we sang with prefered to go out during the day given how cold Maine gets at night,” Chilly Charlie (I’ll let you guess if he’s a Snowman or a Vampire) told me after the group completing a rousing version of Deck the Halls. “We’re not keen on being out when it’s warmer and sunny, and the Vamps can’t be out in daylight, so it just made sense to join forces.”
And join forces they did. Once word spread that the singers were in the area, porch lights went on all over the neighborhood to let the carolers know that someone was home and wouldn’t mind a little singing to brighten their dark, frigid evening.
“The response has been out of this world,” Viktor, a Vampire bass told me excitedly. “I never knew I could feed off a human response other than fear or helplessness, so this has really opened my eyes.”
The group sings all the classics, but it’s their modern mash up of The Twelve Days of Christmas and Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song that is the big crowd pleaser. “That was my idea,” shyly whispered Rachel Snow, the tiniest of the Snowbeings, whose solo during White Christmas left me close to tears. “I didn’t want people to forget that the Holidays are about more than just Christmas.”
As for those who worry about the Vampires giving in to their thirst for blood? “Just don’t invite us inside,” Barthol told me with a chuckle. “You know the rules. We can’t enter your home without your permission, so just stay on the other side of the door and all should be well.”
“Maybe wear a scarf,” giggled Rachel Snow, to the delight of all the Bloody Cool Carolers.
What song does the group most hate singing? “Frosty the Snowman!” they answered in unison and without hesitation.
The carolers plan to spend the next two nights making the rounds in Brewer and Bangor, and then plan to head down to Portland and Augusta for the weekend.
“We really love singing with these guys,” Chilly Charlie confessed. “They give us a bit of an edge, and we give them a softer side. I’ve never had so much fun.”
If you’re in the area, turn on your porch light and wait. The Holidays are here and they’ve got an amazing soundtrack.
Looks like they’re about to start up again, so I’m going to sign off. Hope your day is merry and bright…
I think yesterday was the first day I appreciated living in a snow-free climate. It’s late December and we still have temps in the upper seventies sometimes low eighties. I can wear shots and t-shirts outside. So no, I am not jealous that you have to shovel snow everyday and layer up to keep warm. 🙂
Yes, it did snow again yesterday and today, but that means I get Snowmen Christmas Carolers on my porch. What’s better than that???
Girls in shirts and skirts and teeny bikinis at the pool! BOOM! 😀
But can they sing Christmas carols? Besides, I don’t need girls in shorts, skirts, and teeny bikinis. My life is quite wonderful with its current cast. 😀
I don’t either and I can’t remember the last time I was at the pool, but damn if I am not competitive. I don’t like carolers honestly. Not meaning them personally, but the act of caroling. It’s weird. I just stand there with my door open while they sing me a song or two? What kind of facial expression am I supposed to make? When is the appropriate time to close my door? What if I’m watching my favorite show?? Ugh! If I wanted to see a holiday musical special, I’d go to a school performance or a professional one at the Kravis Center. Bah humbug!
shorts* I need to proof read my comments more. I forget it’s not texting and there is no autocorrect to bail me out.
She’s got you there, fella.
Don’t blow a gasket ranting about Carolers! Relax. Smile. It’s Christmas time… 🙂
Careful, mister. I don’t prefer being told what to do. 😛 Especially when the first suggestion is to relax. I actually have a post about that. Somewhere…
Well, I’m going to just let you rant then. As long as you enjoy the writing, that’s all that matters. 😀
Act drunk,and try to get one of the carolers to stay behind for a ‘solo performance’. They will never bother you again, at least, not as a group..
I’ll admit I’m a wee bit jealous, your life sounds so exciting. As for the unusual carolers, I’m in favor of anything that spreads cheer. One question…don’t imagine either group drinks hot chocolate so what is proper to offer them ?
That was a point I was going to mention, but then I got hungry and decided to end the report on have dinner…they don’t want anything to eat or drink, so it’s free singing! How cool is that???
That is way cool!!! Free is good !!! Also lucky for the snowpeople that vampires aren’t into eating snowcones.
They really do just get along and don’t go after one another. And what wonderful voices. Wish I had made a recording…
Keep heading north east to Newfoundland. The mummers would love to pay you a visit! Now you have to look them up. 🙂
Research? I didn’t know that having this blog would involve homework! 😛
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Sounds like the perfect scenario –
Doesn’t it. I love it when a plan comes together. 🙂
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