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Can you be Robert Palmer AND a Disney Princess?


So, one very odd year is coming to an end. Can’t say we’ll miss it.


We doubt we’ll be able to go on a buying trip even in 2021. But you never know. If the vaccinations work and whole countries don’t morph into zombies, we’ll head off as soon as we can. Otherwise, we’re hoping that 2022 is our lucky number.


Meanwhile, the last Peregian Beach Market for the year is fast approaching, on the auspicious date of 20-12-20. If you’ve left Christmas shopping to the last minute, there will be plenty of nice things to find.


I’ve also added some high-quality vintage jewellery to the website, in case you’re after something extra special for an extra special person. This never comes to the market with us, it’s strictly online stock.


We’re enjoying the new layout of Peregian Market, with lots of space between stands because of Covid rules. We’d be happy for the new configuration to stay this way and we’re loving our new spot, the last stop before the beach. It should make for a pleasant summer at the market.


One development of the new market layout is that the buskers that are normally on the other side of the site are now in the middle, so we can all hear them. And that’s fine, because so far they’ve all had nice voices.


The only thing I will note, in my unofficial capacity as The Song Police, is that the songs you perform really should match your type of voice. Do you know what I mean? Last time, a lovely young gel with a soft, sweet, folkloric sound, chirped away in her Disney Princess voice, tra-la-la-ing to the little woodland creatures. It was very sweet. Until she started singing Tainted Love. And Addicted to Love. And We’re Not Gonna Take It.


I’m sorry, but Disney Princesses don’t sing black, toxic love songs, or Songs of the Rebellion, to the little woodland creatures. And if they do, in some alternate universe, they sing them with passion and commitment, not tra-la-la-ing with soft, sweet, folkloric voices.


But it turns out to be an incredible skill that not many people can manage. To prove my point, here is a project for you. There is no negotiation – you must do this right now. Sing the opening lines of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. BUT! Sing them as if you’re Snow White or Cinderella, to the little woodland creatures. Go:


Your lights are on, but you're not home Your mind is not your own Your heart sweats, your body shakes Another kiss is what it takes


You can't sleep, you can't eat There's no doubt, you're in deep Your throat is tight, you can't breathe Another kiss is all you need


Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough You know you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love


Then the chorus, which you don’t need me to tell you unless you lived under a rock for the entire latter half of the 1980s and ever since.


See! It can’t be done, right? I’ve tried and tried. Turns out, I’m no Disney Princess. So this gel was actually pretty skilled, and it was completely unreal to hear those songs in that voice. So it did make me stop and listen, and I guess that’s what every singer wants.


It reminded me of a buying trip one time when we were up around Sterling, in Scotland. We popped into a Chinese restaurant for dinner and found a large Chinese family all talking with broad Scottish accents. It was seriously weird! It’s disconcerting when your eyes and your ears don’t coordinate.


So anyway, why not come along to Peregian Beach Market next Sunday, 20 December. It will be a lovely day at the beach, you’ll find lots of nice stands to browse through, and if you’re lucky a Disney Princess will Blow Your Mind.


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