Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Christmas music

I generally dislike Christmas music. I suspect that part of the reason stores play it so much is to remind you that it's the season for buying lots of their stuff. However, I do enjoy hearing a cheerful young woman singing that it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with me. Strange techno/ alternative/ industrial renditions of old Christmas favorites are also welcome.


Dennis said...

Let me second that. Hearing store Christmas music drives me away. I'm not even sure I enjoy "Sleigh ride," though Ella is always worthwhile. I like big badass difficult choral stuff with organs and brass, or old (classical or preclassical) stuff. The best of all, though, is wassail songs (except the dumb popularized "here we come a-wassailing"); they're what Christmas carols would be if Christmas was about British and Irish people trick-or-treating for liquor. Always rousing like a good drinking song should be, many traditional complex arrangements exist, and my favorite includes cursing out the butler, in case he gives the singers crappy wine.Gotta love 'em.

Mary said...

I think Annie Lennox singing "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland" is delightfully spooky.

Kathy K said...

The only time I ever really enjoyed hearing Christmas music was when I was living in Thailand. There was a shop I used to pass every day on the way to work. It sold statues of Hindu/Thai-Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, among other things. The proprietor played a CD of Christmas carols for about a month (part of July and most of August, as I recall) just because he liked the sound.
I always had a big grin, walking past that shop and checking out the statues of Vishnu and Buddha and Kali... and listening to 'Silent Night' or 'Hark the Herald Angels'.
(If anyone tells you I have an odd sense of humor, they are telling the truth.)