We have two local radio stations that play Christmas music non-stop starting somewhere around
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!
- That stupid Peanuts song with the kids' choir. HATE HATE HATE IT.
- 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.