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What Dionne Warwick Wants for Christmas: Some Rest

What Dionne Warwick wants for Christmas: Some rest

11.12.2019

What Dionne Warwick wants for Christmas: Some rest

Oh boy. While not exactly the endlessly morphing disaster that was Patti LaBelle’s now-classic performance of “ This Christmas ” at the 1996 National Tree Lighting ceremony (you know you want to watch it again), Dionne Warwick and Aloe Blacc ’s rendition of the song on Tuesday’s Good Morning America was its own little Christmas... whatever the opposite of a miracle is.

The absolute highlight (or lowlight, really what is the difference?) occurred when Warwick apparently improvised during a bridge that I’m quite sure has never been on any previous rendition of Donny Hathaway’s perennial chestnut. “What are you gonna do?” she asked as Blacc interrupted. With emphasized sass, she put her hands on her hips and completed her sentence: “...This Christmas?” And then she answered the question herself: “I’m gonna try and get some rest.” Fair! Same! This is really relatable. When Blacc revealed what he’s going to do (spend time on the beach with his family in Australia), Warwick responded, “Down unda, huh?” And all of a sudden we were watching something that looked very much like the “Midnight at the Oasis” sequence in

Also fun: Warwick riffed on the original song’s encouraging line that goes, “Shake a hand,” by adding, “...if you can.” Is that inclusive to people who don’t have hands? Underestimating our ability to be able to carry out the simplest of salutational tasks? A threat? Is Dionne Warwick going to take our hands away? Who knows!

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