Costumes FC Comes To An End

I’m sad to say that Costumes FC has run its course.  I started this project when I was in a deep depression.  I hated myself so much I cried.  The only light in my life was when I went out in costume and brightened people’s days.  This project brought me through and saved my life.  I’m forever in debt to Willy and Copper, and everyone who came to see me in person or on the internet.  I’ve been truly blessed to have these experiences, and to be able to share them with everyone.  Will I stop wearing fursuits?  No, I will always be wearing fursuits, but it won’t be the same as when I did it for Costumes FC.  Thanks for everything,


Here is a compilation video(s) showing the impact of Costumes FC in terms of hugs, kisses, high fives, tickets and shuffles:

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Friend Artist Releases New CD

This is a local artist friend of mine.  If you like operatic tenors, and you like supporting local artists (Colorado) then please consider buying the below CD.

As Cross Posted from Pablo Romero, Lyric Tenor (link to post):

Purchase the holiday CD.

Everybody has specific things they remember fondly from the Christmases of their childhood. There’s the family gatherings, the jollity and good will; shimmering ornamented trees, the food, the laughter. For me, it has always been the music.

A large part of Christmas for me was underscored by the unique and characteristic songs of the season. The act of caroling (and, in my country, Las Posadas) - actively bringing music into other people’s homes as a sign of cheerful goodwill was an amazing thing to me. In an age where watching television has replaced singing around the piano as a family past-time, these songs not only carry with them a link to our childhoods but also a link to one of our most human characteristics: the desire, the need for music-making, and the desire to share the joy of it.

Once Upon A Winter, my first recording project, is my way of revisiting that special musical place that makes the season so memorable, and hopefully it is a way to provide you, the listener, with a similar experience. For this, my first CD, I have chosen a selection of carols and songs that may not be as well-known as (for example) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen or We Wish You A Merry Christmas,  but rather I have chosen selections from all over the world to highlight the richness and variety of the Christmas musical tradition.

1. Veni, Veni Emanuel  is a well-known Latin carol whose text goes back to the 12th century, and it is believed that the music comes from a 15th Cen­tu­ry pro­cess­ion­al for French Fran­cis­can nuns. It is a solemn and serene hymn, with suggested Gregorian influences. (Sample)

2. Noel Nouvelet is a lively 15th century carol from France. It was originally sung on the New Year instead of Christmas- the word nouvelet is from the same root as noël, both words meaning ‘new.’ The melody of the carol may have found its origins in the hymn Ave, Maris Stella Lucens Miseris.  (Sample)

3. Dormi, Dormi is a traditional Italian carol with a recurring setting in many carols: the Virgin Mary sings her son to sleep. The lullaby alternates with a rather joyful and lively refrain.  (Sample)

4. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle is a very popular and lighthearted carol in Italy. It was composed by father Alphonsus Liguori to a poem by Pope Pius IX. This carol is associated with the zampogna or Italian bagpipe, which is often played in accompanying the carol. Liguori composed Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle In 1744, while staying at Convent of the Consolation in the small town of Deliceto.  (Sample)

5. Stille Nacht is, perhaps, the most famous of Christmas carols.  Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, an Auztrian primary school teacher and church organist in the village of Arnsdor. While widely known in its present incarnation as a tranquil lullaby, Gruber’s original version was slightly more a playful and lively tune in 6/8 time. I chose the more serene of the two versions for pure personal preference.  (Sample)

6. Lulazje Jesuniu. While looking for carols that were not as widespread in the United States, I came across this gentle Polish lullaby. In Poland, it is sung in church at a special moment during midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Composer Fréderic Chopin incorporated it into his Scherzo #1 in B minor, op. 20.  (Sample)

7. The Carol Of The Birds - Noël des Ausels, a traditional French carol, is nowadays more commonly known as the Carol Of The Birds, as it was arranged by Chip Davis in his 1984 Christmas album. I wrote this short series of variations on the carol for the baroque alto recorder.  (Sample)

8. La Marimorena is a typically festive, exhuberant Spanish carol. The word ‘marimorena’ translates roughly into ‘ruckus’, and the chorus exhorts the listener to ‘raise the voice/raise a ruckus’ because Christmas Eve has arrived. Many Spanish carols have a humorous touch to them, and this one is no exception- in different stanzas it tells us that Saint Joseph’s underwear has been gnawed by intruder mice, and that an old, pot-bellied man is feeding breadcrumbs to the Christ child from his frying pan.  (Sample)

9. Ta Kalanda  According to Greek tradition, children hit the streets to carol on Christmas Eve. They visit every house whilst singing the Kalanda- a traditional carol-  while accompanying themselves with triangles and drums. A very festive carol, it is full of good wishes towards the dwellers of the houses- and often the children are rewarded for their singing with treats such as candy or money.  I first heard this lively traditional Greek carol in Nana Mouskouri’s Christmas album, many years ago, and I fell in love with its candid simplicity.  (Sample)

10. De Tierra Lejana comes all the way from Puerto Rico. Sung from the point of view of the Three Wisemen, this carol is rich in rythm, almost begging you to dance along.  (Sample)

11. Greensleeves To A Ground is a series of variations written on the 16th century melody “Greensleeves.” It first appeared in the first collection of “The Division Flute” from 1706, but it is most likely much older than that. Its composer’s name has unfortunately faded into anonymity. The Christmas connection to “Greensleeves” comes from William Chatterton Dix, who in 1865 wrote the text for the carol ‘What Child Is This’, setting it to the tune “Greensleeves.”  (Sample)

12. Hush My Babe  also known as the Kentucky Carol, was the last song in Isaac Watt’s collection titled Divine and Moral Songs For Children (1715.) Watts apparently drew on a traditional Kentucky mountain tune for his text, yet another traditional Christmas lullaby.  (Sample)

13. This Endris Night is a traditional English song whose earliest manuscript dates from c. 1475.  This lyrical and nuanced carol is unfortunately hardly performed nowadays, and for this recording I chose selected stanzas out of a total of fourteen. The opening line of the text, ‘this endris night’, means ‘the other night’ or ‘several nights ago.’  (Sample)

14. Ave Maria is  a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary. Perhaps the most famous setting of the Ave Maria is Franz Schubert’s musical setting- however, the piece was not originally a setting for the Ave Maria. It was composed as a setting of ‘Ellens dritter Gesang‘,  a song from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem ‘The Lady of the Lake.’  The opening words and refrain of the song, namely “Ave Maria” (Latin, “Hail Mary”), may have led to the idea of adapting Schubert’s melody as a setting for the full text of the traditional Roman Catholic prayer.  (Sample)

15. In The Bleak Midwinter was originally a poem by Christina Rosetti written in 1872, submitted to the magazine Scribner’s Monthly as a Christmas poem. It entered the musical world when it appeared in 1906′s The English Hymnal in  with a setting by composer Gustav Holst. To me, this is one of the loveliest carols, and one that always embodies the ‘feeling’ of Christmas, musically. The first time I heard it, it was not the original Holst choral setting, but Julie Andrew’s rendition on her album Christmas With Julie Andrews. To this day, it remains my favorite version of the carol.  (Sample)

T0 order this CD, you have the option of finding it on the Amazon MP3 store (click on this for link) , the iTunes store (not currently up yet), or you can order a physical copy from us directly- I hope you enjoy listening to it just as much as I enjoyed making it!

Merry Christmas!



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Willy at Ride the Rockies!

Willy went to the party at Polhamus park that was put on for Ride the Rockies as it rode through the town of Granby.  Here are the videos below:

Willy had an adventure and went out to meet and greet the 2011 Ride the Rockies bicyclists in Polhamus Park in Granby, Colorado. I know the cuts in this video are a little long, the next videos will have shorter cuts, promise. In this video Willy meets a LOT of kids, gets a special olympics medal, and gets his picture taken a couple of times.

In this video Willy meets some kids, shows off his special olympics medal, hugs some kids, and gets his picture taken a couple of times.

In this video Willy dances quite a bit, hugs some more kids, and gets his picture taken a couple of times.

In this video Willy dances quite a bit more, hugs a couple kids, and and drinks a soda causing some laughter. Lots of love. :-) enjoy!

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Copper in the Parades!

Copper the Cop Dog got to be in the parades for Memorial Day and for the 4th of July! Here is Copper at the Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade:

Grand Lake, Colorado had a Memorial Day Parade and guess who was in it? Copper the Cop Dog waving an American flag! This video features the WHOLE parade, and afterwards most of the Star Spangled Banner sung live as the flag ascends the pole.

Copper went to play with kids and friends after the parade.  Hope all of you had a great Memorial Day!

Then Copper was also in the Granby, Colorado 4th of July Parade!  Videos below:

Copper the cop dog was involved in the Granby 4th of July parade. It was lots of fun. Unfortunately this doesn’t include Copper right away, but I did want to get the whole parade online. Copper will be featured soon!

This video DOES include Copper. He has a lot of fun waving to people and carrying the American flag.

This is the rest of the parade after Copper was featured.

In this video Copper travels to the picnic area at Polhamus Park after the parade to mingle with the audience. He shakes a lot of kids hands, and gives out a few hugs. He also writes a few tickets, which people generally liked. Then he danced on the concrete and had a picture taken with two important people in his life. Enjoy!

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Grand Lake, Winter Park, and Fort Collins!

Willy’s been busy this year and has new videos of him visiting Grand Lake, Winter Park, and Fort Collins, Colorado!  Each place is unique in unto itself, and Willy had unique experiences in each of them.  Here are the videos for you to enjoy:

Willy at Grand Lake May 2011

The day after the parade Willy decided to hit up the cozy town of Grand Lake.  Unfortunately there weren’t as many people around, but that’s okay, that didn’t stop Willy!  In this video he dances with a kid, gets his picture taken, and drinks a coke.

Willy at Winter Park June 2011

Willy went somewhere he’s never gone before! He stopped by Winter Park, Colorado to chat up the locals and generally have a good time. There were quite a few people around, but Willy did have to walk to get to them. In this video Willy meets some people, dances for them, gives a high five to a skateboarder, and entertains the local McDonald’s.

In this video Willy meets a lot of children and gives them all hugs and high fives. He also gets his picture taken a couple times (thus the posing). In the end he ended up in the Mountain Grind coffee shop in Cooper Creek Square.

Willy at Fort Collins June 2011

Willy stopped by Fort Collins once again for a day of fun and games. This time in Old Town there was Streetmosphere, and quite a few people showed up to enjoy the festivities. In this video Willy poses for a couple of pictures, meets some kids, and definitely does some dancing.

In this video Willy meets some more people, gets a few hugs from a few kids, and quite a few from adults, and generally has a good time.

In this video Willy does some more hugging with adults and children. He also meets a group of teenagers. If you watch carefully you can see Willy bark. He has to remind people he’s a dog, sometimes they get confused. :-)

Thanks everyone!  Soon there will be videos of Copper in the local parades.  Stay tuned!

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Willy in Pearl Street Boulder March 2011

Willy went out to Boulder this March 2011 and had a great time.  There were more people there this time and he had fun dancing, hugging, and taking pictures with all the kids and adults alike!

Willy danced and wagged his way into many people’s hearts (and cameras)

Willy danced and was even pant-o-mimed by a spectator. It was great fun!

Happy times!

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Copper’s Cool 2010 Gallery

We’ve just posted up a new gallery.  It’s kind of an old gallery, taken in the fall of 2010, but it hasn’t yet been up on the site.  We took Copper the Cop Dog to the local playground for a photoshoot.  Be sure to check out Copper’s Cool 2010 Gallery.

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Willy Hits Fort Collins

Willy visited Old Town in Fort Collins, CO this February. Willy visited at a good time when he hoped to see lots of people, but unfortunately it was SO cold not many people were around. That’s okay, as Willy did get a few pictures out of it and brought a lot of smiles to people’s faces inside the windows.


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Willy the Red Husky in Pearl Street Boulder

Willy the Red Husky went out to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO to do a walk around.  It was quite fun and he met lots of cool new people.  Below are the videos he captured:

Willy had the same problem as Copper and ended up there at night, but then he also ended up there during the day! This is a mishmash of all the video day and night to show all the things that went on. Willy got lots of hugs for sure!

Willy continues his adventures and gets a lot more pictures and hugs along the way.

This video is all in the day time as Willy winds down his excursion. There’s still plenty of hugs and shenanigans to go around.


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Costumes FC Publishes Tour de Fat Gallery

As many of you know, Willy the Red Husky went to Tour de Fat Fort Collins 2010.  He posted a few videos way back when, but now he has a gallery.  Some of the shots are unfortunately kinda hard to see or of poor quality, but he got them all the same!

The link is here: Willy’s Gnarly Tour de Fat Fort Collins 2010 Gallery

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