“Hoodie-Footie Valentine”

Did I mention that working at Vermont Teddy Bear Company (i.e., PajamaGram) was a wonderful excuse for coming up with songs?

Here’s one that I put some time into getting to sound the way I wanted. However, I didn’t have time to do a “proper” video, so the twirling circle of Hoodie-Foodie women was the best I could do. I am rather fond of the tune, though. Hall and Oates were primary musical inspirations with Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” in mind during the bridge. Let the ersatz ’70s soft-rock balladry float you away.

“Hoodie-Footie #2”

Vermont Teddy Bear Company may be the closest thing Vermont has to a Disney company, a place that cultivates a sense of whimsical possibilities. Being part of The Bear certainly gave me plenty of excuses to come up with…goofy songs. I wrote one for the company’s 2008 Burlington Mardi Gras float (“I wanna give the world a beeeeear huuuuuug!”), and I wrote a few promoting Hoodie-Footie, one of the flagship products of its daughter company, PajamaGram.

Here’s the second song I wrote for Hoodie-Footie (so I called it, uh, “Hoodie-Footie #2”). A ham such as I has no qualms about getting into a pink adult onesie and losing what little dignity he has left, but I have to give my appreciation to my coworkers who dared to don very warm, hooded PJs and dance their way into…immortality…

(Cheers to PajamaGram for the video!)