12 (Dougie) Days Of Christmas – Day 6: Hear ‘N Aid & Love…

12 (Dougie) Days Of Christmas – Day 6
Hear ‘N Aid & Love
December 14, 2017

And here we are on Day 7 of the 12 (Dougie) Days of Christmas blog series and of course, I’m running a day behind and this is Day 6. Funny how that works out sometimes. But before it’s all said and done, I’ll get caught up and back on track (maybe). And if not, well it will still be complete and finished well before Christmas Day actually gets here. So what’s on the agenda for today and what are the topics of discussion. Let’s find the “Magic Bag” and find out. We have “Love” & “Hear ‘N Aid”m two very different topics to be sure. I think we’ll just leave this at two topics today. Let’s do this…

Hear ‘N Aid…

This was a one-time super group of metal and hard rock artists put together in 1985 by rocker Ronnie James Dio to help raise money for famine relief in Africa, much like USA For Africa and Band-Aid did before them. Actually, according to Wikipeida, the whole idea came about when it was noted that USA for Africa and Band-Aid and the other efforts lacked a metal or hard rock presence and Dio and friends decided to rectify that with a group of their own. The single released was called, “Stars” and peaked at # 26 on the UK Singles Chart in April, 1986. Artists who appeared for this effort included: Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Queensrÿche, Blue Öyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, Y&T, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Journey, W.A.S.P. and Night Ranger as well as the parody band Spinal Tap. Lead vocals were shared between Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Kevin DuBrow, Eric Bloom, Geoff Tate, Dave Meniketti, Don Dokken and Paul Shortino. Vivian Campbell, Carlos Cavazo, Buck Dharma, Brad Gillis, Craig Goldy, George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Ojeda, and Neal Schon all added guitar solos. A video of the sessions and lots of outtakes was also recorded and released alongside the album “Stars” and over a million dollars was raised.

Here is the video for the single, “Stars”…


And next, we have “Love”.

“What is love?”, you ask. It’s the warmth a person feels towards another person, where they value and respect that other person and put the other person and their needs before their own. It’s caring and understanding and good will towards each other. It’s sacrifice and patience and being the best you can be for the sake of others as well as yourself. So many ways to describe the feeling and power that is love. Love is what makes the world go round.

And it’s also a drink. A mixed beverage to be specific and since I work in a liquor store, that’s what I’ll go with here. This is a sweet, made for sharing cocktail that was popular in the 1920’s. Here is the recipe, designed for two people.


Six tablespoons of Sloe Gin
1 1/2 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
1 egg white
1 teaspoon of grenadine

Take all the ingredients and shake well, mixing together with ice.

Strain into 2 cocktail glasses.

Garnish each with a pair of cherries.

And there you go… that’s love.

And with that, I’m through for today. I still have to do breakfast, shaving, and finish getting ready for work. Oh vey! I don’t want to work today. Back tonight or tomorrow with Day 7. Have a great one and be safe. Love you… mean it!


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