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Thursday, December 15, 2011

No Holy Night

Don't get me wrong: it's not that I don't like Christmas music.

(This reminds me of the time I worked at a telemarketing research firm with a few of my friends, and when I asked The New Girl In The Office what kind of music she liked, she replied, "Christmas music." I thought that was a very curious answer.)

I've decided that if I can go one holiday season without hearing 'O Holy Night' with the accompanying soloist (who is sure she can perform it just as it's intended), I could enjoy it more the following season.

Make sense?

I'm also implementing the following criteria: Nothing Kenny G, Mariah Carey, Disney Tween, or Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum.

So far this year I've limited my Christmas music listening to the following:

~ Bruce Springsteen's Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

~ Sleigh Ride as performed by Boston Pops Orchestra

~ My 5YO & 3YO singing, repeatedly, "I wish you a very Christmas, I wish you a very Christmas, I wish you a very Christmas, I wish you a very Christmas," as well as my 3YO's specialty, just having debuted yesterday: "He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're sleeping again...".

I know I'll be adding more to the playlist before The Holiday Itself arrives. I'm just . . . being careful.

What are your favorite songs this time of year?


Fairchild said...

Just about anything Mannheim Steamroller.

La Yen said...

She and Him Christmas Waltz. Sufjan Stevens Christmas album. Barenaked for the holidays. Dan Zanes' little 5 track album. That is all that I want this year.

Vern said...

As long as it doesn't involve dogs barking out "Jingle Bells" I'm good.

b. said...

I have a special Christmas story about O Holy Night.
Maybe I will tell a Twitter story today.

~j. said...

La Yen - we'll be getting Barenaked before the season ends, as well as listening to Guster singing "¿Donde Esta Santa Claus?"

~j. said...

Vern - amen to that!

~j. said...

b. - I hope you'll let me know when you tell it because I can't wait to hear it.

wendysue said...

The John Denver and the Muppets Album is "Christmas" to me. We played OUT that record as kids every Christmas.

I was thinking in the other car that radio stations should only be allowed to play "vintage" Christmas music, Bing Crosby, Boston Pops, etc. NO more of this, 12 different versions of Silent night, also NO Gloria Estefan!!

Shelly said...

You know how I just LOVE "Mary did you know" & "Homeless". Those are my most favorite songs of all time. ;-) "Smilings my favorite"!!!!

Carina said...

Christmas music gives me retail PTSD.

Carrot Jello said...

I echo (echo...echo...) what Wendysue said about Gloria Estefan. Who told her she could sing?

As a child of the 80's, it wouldn't be Christmas without "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses.
Of course, I was raised on 40's and 50's music as well so I must have Nat King Cole's "Buon Natale", Rosemary Clooney's "Suzy Snowflake" and "Snowy Snow White" by Dorothy Squires. Gracie Fields "Christmas Eve In Fairyland" may be too weird for you, but my children enjoy mimicking her.
Danny Kaye and The Andrew Sisters "A Merry Christmas At Grandmothers" is a fun one too.

Beans said...

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by BNL and Sarah MacLachlan

kacy faulconer said...

Have you heard of the Lower Lights?

Carolyn said...

Can I add anything by Wilson Phillips or Aaron Neville to your "Do not play anymore, ever." list?