https://shopatcoloniecenter.com/ - as he related to me: "We wrote a song about the Santa at Colonie Center, our local mall, and then when we wanted a music video we were running out of money so I hired a guy on Fiverr from the Philippines to do some simple animation, but he didn't really speak English or understand Christmas at all. I had to send him photos from Google that corresponded to what I roughly wanted him to depict. A few things still didn't translate but it was on-budget.
Later, I performed the song live myself at a songwriters night at a local brewery, and in the spirit of the Bad Santa vibe I went in character, dressed up in a dirty t-shirt, a Santa hat, and a pair of green wool overalls. I played a beat up old guitar that I had glued back together. The strap was made of a woman's belt, fished out of the trash. As I was singing, a friend from my hometown, who I hadn't seen in ten years, leaned over to another friend and said "wow...Justin really hit rock bottom."*Sniff* - I'm just so happy! Revel in the joy of 'Shopping Mall Santa' (from the album A New Noel) below and sing along!
You can find the whole album over at Spotify below:10 Weird Christmas Songs You Probably Haven’t Heard':
Come back tomorrow as we explore 1961.