The River's Badge

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Songs?

Writing a Christmas song has to be a trip down Failure Lane.  Face it, all the good ones were written long ago.

We have two local radio stations that play Christmas music non-stop starting somewhere around July November.  And, since I like Christmas music as much as the next gal, when I'm driving somewhere, I like to flip between the two channels.

I made an early trip to Target this morning (Did you know that you can't buy a gift card with a gift card?  I thought a gift card was the same as money.  That's what the bastards always try to tell you.)  Thus, in the early morning sunlight, driving my one mile to Target and back, I punched the radio button for "Christmas 24/7".  I managed to hear my two absolute most HATED Christmas songs; not once, but playing simultaneously on both stations!

  1. That stupid Peanuts song with the kids' choir.  HATE HATE HATE IT.
  2. The Little Drummer Boy.  There is just no good way to jazz up that song, although the female diva (I have no idea who) tried her best.  Problem is, I cannot tolerate the RUM PUM PUM PUM.  Unless I am drinking RUM.

There are Christmas songs that I love, but the wistful ones (I'll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song) make me cry, so I can only torture myself with them once a year.

And I love certain soaring chorals (O Holy Night) and songs I remember singing in church when I was a kid (Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing).

I also like kitschy songs!  Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad (although not technically kitschy), Honky Tonk Christmas (Alan Jackson).

I think to write an enduring Christmas song, it must be written on the piano....unless you are John Lennon, and who is?  If I ever try my hand at writing one, I'm going with the piano.

The two videos I'm featuring here don't exactly give the listener a warm fuzzy feeling, but I like them.  And yes, one of them is John Lennon.




Here's hoping all your Christmas songs make you smile, or cry.  Whichever you prefer.

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