A Christmas wreath for James Brown

wmarshall@macon.comDecember 19, 2013 

It was a little dose of that old school Funky Christmas Thursday in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood of Macon.

A Christmas wreath was brought to decorate the James Brown Bridge, connecting eastern and western sides of Pleasant Hill over Interstate 75. It made the seventh time that Tascha Houston, one of the original James Brown Dancers, had used Christmas as a time to remember the Godfather of Soul.

"James Brown gave you his money's worth when you came to see his show," Houston said to the small crowd there for the ceremony. "Let's not ever forget the legacy, the music, what he meant to the whole world," she said.

James Brown impersonator Jesse Sumter was there for a touch of the man himself.

"It's time for me to get up and do my thing, Ms. Houston. Can I get up and do my thing?" he asked. Later Sumter sang a little of Brown's "Santa Claus go straight to the Ghetto."

Though many might wonder about the connection between Brown and Christmas, for Tascha Houston there was no doubt.

"Best Christmas gift that Mr. Brown gave me was when he said 'You are one of the original JB dancers,'" Houston said. "It doesn't get any better than that."

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