The “Christmas Season” is in full swing now. Everyone is holly and jolly, sleigh bells are jingling; the whole bit. Of course that means we’ve had the “all Christmas music all the time” station on the radio for a couple of weeks now, thanks to She Who Must Be Obeyed.
For me, Christmas music is a kind of love-hate relationship… but that radio format is mostly just a “hate” thing for me. They seem to have a playlist of about 15-20 songs and most of them are junk. A few of them are actually about Christmas, but for the most part they are just a modern version of “bubble gum” pop. An example might be the one in which “last Christmas” the guy “gave you my heart and the very next day you gave it away”, or the one in which “all I want for Christmas is youuuuuuuuu”.
The winter ones aren’t that bad; “Jingle Bells” is OK and so is “Winter Wonderland”, but why don’t they play those songs in February? The “Nutcracker” is great; the classical stations play it all year round. Sometimes they play “Jingle Bells” too, but when they play it, it has a much more complicated name I can never remember; it was never intended to be about Christmas, you see…
With all of that said, it might surprise you to know that I do like Christmas music, when it’s actually about Christmas; my all time favorite is “O come, O come Emmanuel”. I like a lot of the Mannheim Steamroller songs, and Trans Siberian Orchestra, and songs played by symphony Orchestras… and “Jungle Bell Rock” by Hall and Oates but not 24/7. You see even though a little may be good, a lot sometimes isn’t better.
Well, that’s all I have for you today, I guess I’ll head downstairs and see if Burl Ives is up for “Holly Jolly Christmas” for the 8th time today.