Punxsutawney Phyllis’ 10th Anniversary Birthday Bonanza!!! WOOOO!!!!


(Well – other than having a snow day off of school) πŸ˜‰

Today is Punxsutawney Phyllis’ tenth Birthday! WOO! Punxsutawney Phyllis is the wonderful character created by the awesome author and hare-brained scheme thinker upper – Susanna Leonard Hill!



Well, Phyllis is an over-eager a nice young groundhog with a funky spirit, so I decided that she needed something with a nice funky tune.


The rules for this contest are (copied from Ms. Hill’s blog):

“Phyllis and I are looking forward with GREAT anticipation to reading YOUR poems for Phyllis [about Phyllis], and hopefully seeing some videos too…!

If you wrote a poem for Phyllis, and/or have photographs, drawings, videos, or other fun feature accompaniments, please add your post-specific blog link to the list below, or post your poem etc in the comments, or Email it to me and I’ll post it for you so that we can all enjoy everyone’s creativity!”

Because I’ve been nagging asking Ms. Hill consistently politely and patiently for a video contest for (at least) a year now, I can’t reallyΒ not do a video.

So, here it is! The lyrics (written by me) are below the video.

Viva Las Phyllis!


Oh Phyllis you are the finest

They should give you a crown and call you her royal highness

As many times as I’ve read your books

People stare and they give me looks

Well – it just isn’t enough – no – it just isn’t enough

Phyllis It’s your special day

And we just want to say




Oh Phylllis, you are the best

Weather predictions better than the rest.

I watch the six o’clock news

and they get me all confused

I just need to ask you

You tell it to me straight

Forget that news at eight

Al Roker says it’s gonna snow

And you say β€œI don’t think so”




Happy Birthday Phyllis

Happy tenth birthday!


(and yes, my voice is that deep. πŸ™‚ )


Categories: Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

Tags: , , , ,

78 replies

  1. Erik, this is marvelous. Wonderful video. Phyllis should be sooooo happy with this birthday present.

  2. Erik, this is so fab. I love your voice, the video & poem. Funky, dude. BTW, it’s my b-day, too and I ain’t no kid..I am 62. You should win it.

  3. *applauding with eagerness!*

    That was a wonderful video. I do believe Phyllis is going to be beside herself with happy, joy, joy, giddiness from your video bithday dedication!

  4. This is awesome – beyond awesome Erik! Glad you have a snow day!

  5. This is brilliant. Simply brilliant.

    And you look like a Blues Brother!

    • Thank you Mr. Allegra!

      I’ve never seen the Blues Brothers (but now I want to). Mom suggested that, so I got on my suit (dang it – the sleeves are getting too short, and I could barely fit in the jacket (but I did). Darn growth spurts! πŸ˜‰ ) dark sunglasses (that were slightly big – notice how they kept slipping off), and a fedora.
      Mom said I did good, except that I had black socks on. Confused, I went to get white socks on… Now I really need to see the movie! πŸ˜‰

  6. BRAVO! Blown right off my sled!! Yowza, yowza, yowza!

  7. Great video. You sound like Leonard Cohen!

  8. YOU AND JOSIE are DE BOSS. WOW. Mine is going to look sick compared to yours. SCHWEET!! You HAVE to win. Bravo bellissimo! I must have turned into Renee. πŸ˜‰ Innet avere un ciambella! (Pretty good, huh?) And I’m Irish. Who knew I could speak Italian? (I sure didn’t.) *I probably messed it up. They might call the translating police on me after this.

    BUT you and Josie ROCK!

  9. Wow, Erik! Your voice got deep!

    Happy birthday to Phyllis. It’s also my grandnephew’s birthday. He’s one.

    (So funny that Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow today even though it was snowing, ahem.)

  10. This video literally put a gigantic smile on my face. I LOVE it!

  11. That was so funky, Erik! You two are video stars!

  12. So much fun! Love the outfit, Josie. Great words and so much fun to watch. πŸ™‚
    ~The Gang

  13. Wonderrific! Fantastical! Fabulouso! Bravo! Well done, Erik and Josie. You are going to make Phyllis proud!

  14. This was fabulous, Erik and Josie!!! So fun! You did a great job with this. Loved the credits rolling at the end. HaHa! Terrific entry, you two!

  15. Fantastical! Wonderrific! Fabulouso! You are going to make Phyllis proud. Bravo! Well done, Erik and Josie!

  16. Ha! That is priceless, E and J. INCREDIBLE!

    Love and licks,

  17. It’s official, Erik! You have knocked Phyllis’s socks off! Wowee! What singing! What dancing! What video-creativity! You brought the funk! Congrats to you, Josie, and your darling dog (whose name I can NEVER remember – Fred? Buddy? Nope, I know those are both wrong!) for an amazing and awesome video creation! Happy Groundhog Day Snow Day! πŸ™‚

  18. What a great video! You and Josie totally beat the Pussycats on that one! I love the effect at the end the best, I think, along with all those slick moves πŸ˜‰

  19. That song is all about that bass. Love the voice! How did you think of this? This fun, creative, and totally rockin’! I love it. BTW, love the Blues Brothers suit. And Josie has the smoothest moves, EVER! Loved her outfit. Who designed it. Totally awesome y’all. Well done.

    • Thank you Ms. Courtney! It was a fun video to do! πŸ˜€ I originally was going to do the parody, but there was no un-copyrighted versions of “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” by Barry White, so I found some music someone made that went with it, and wrote a poem.

      And, yes, I lip-synched (lip-sang?) in the video that you see, but I lip-synched ( ❓ ) to my original recording. πŸ™‚

  20. Fantastic!! You two look awesome and you made me LOL!! Great job πŸ™‚

  21. Haha, what a brilliant idea, Erik! Love it. Had to tweet that πŸ™‚

  22. Fabulous, Eric!! Your voice is great! And Josie is adorable beside you! Awesome job!

  23. Bravo! You’re brilliant!

  24. What a fantastic contest idea.

    My favorite part of the poem:

    Al Roker says it’s gonna snow

    And you say β€œI don’t think so”

  25. Love the poem, but the video was excellent! You outdid yourself. Tell Josie she looked so cute.

  26. You’re SO smooth, Erik! And your voice! Barry White fans rejoice! LOL Josie makes a great backup dancer and I loved that you included Clyde. What fun! I’m grinning ear to ear. πŸ˜€

  27. Hi Erik, great words, music and jive dancing! Especially liked the psychedelic colors towards the end! Cheers and Happy Groundhog Day!

  28. Oh.my.goodness! This is too good! Loved it Erik and Josie!

  29. Oh! Totally Cool, Man!!!!

  30. Ah! So very cool πŸ™‚

  31. Oh, my. You and Josie rocked it! Or maybe blues-ed it? Or grooved it? or….

    Anyway, Phyllis is dancing in the streets of Philly right now. πŸ˜€

  32. Go Erik! Go Josie! I love Josie’s shirt and your rocking suit. I’m positive Susanna has been having a hard time sleeping because every time she closes her eyes, she hears “Oh Phyllis” and thinks of a new Phyllis book. πŸ™‚

  33. You rock, Erik! That was awesome! And happy, happy birthday Phyllis!!!!

  34. Erik and Josie! You really know some smooth moves to rock on Phyllis’ special day. What a creative poem and video all for a ten year old birthday girl.

    Extra treats for a sweet doggie that I noted on your set.
    ~Suzy Leopold

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: