When holiday music starts to fray your nerves

This time of year, one of the local radio stations plays 24-hour Christmas tunes, and invariably, their lineup compels me to start banging my head against the wall.  I wonder things like…

–just how many people have recorded “Happy Christmas-War is Over.”

–why “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” sounds so much like the theme song to game show, and how “scary ghost stories” ever entered the lexicon of Christmas tradition.

–why Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” never receives the play it deserves.

Though this year has signaled a reprieve from previous years’ frustrations.  I have yet to hear anyone try to pass “Favorite Things” off as a Christmas carol.  Religious-themed carols seem to have received more play this year as well.  In the space of an hour, when you can hear two or three versions of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland,” it’s nice to hear Josh Groban belt out “O Holy Night.”

However, I have heard “The Little Drummer Boy” enough times this year that I am forced to conclude that “the ox and lamb kept time” is the single worst lyric ever penned by a songwriter.  C’mon, man — the premise already reeks enough of fairytale cuteness, but that line turns an otherwise fine carol into a bad Disney cartoon.

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2 Responses to “When holiday music starts to fray your nerves”


  1. 1 cft999 December 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Google the story behind “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses — a very tragic tale, but a great song that endures.


  1. 1 Numinous Movements in Music « The Fuming Pew Trackback on December 26, 2008 at 11:38 am

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