2006-11-29 10:49 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more. And I like "real" xmas songs too, even not being christian. I sing them, and I like to listen to them. And now I have discovered Romanian "Colinde" which are xmas folk songs, some of them so eerily beautiful they truly bring tears to my eyes. But that pop stuff out of all the radios and the shop loudspeakers and EVERYWHERE.. GAH. If I weren't an emetophobe, I'd projectile vomit every time I have to be subjected to this torture...
"Real" Christmas carols and folk songs touch on the archetypes.
The Watersons have just brought out a Yuletide CD called Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man- I couldn't get my order in fast enough.
I like Christmas songs. But not till December!
Adam Faith doing 'Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop)' has been known to make me run out of the shop in tears.
Erm, I don't think I know that particular Adam Faith number. I suspect it might make me run- but not in tears....
"The Little Drummer Boy" for about the 50th time has me looking for an axe, ready to damage something. As said by dadi
, I'm not a Christian, but I love "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen" especially and lots of the older carols. "Silent Night" in the right setting can still move me to tears, and I love some of the Benjamin Britton carols. And yes, I DO love "White Christmas" as well.
White Christmas was written in wartime. (At least, I think it was.) It's about being stationed in a foreign country and longing for home. It has a dark undercurrent of pain and exile.
Most Christmas songs feel like they were written to make a quick buck. The very few good ones are the ones that come from the heart.
Unfortunately these days the Pogues' record always makes me cry over dear Kirsty. Not that that's going to stop me playing it.
There was a very interesting "Making Of" programme about it on TV last Xmas. There is in fact no such thing as the NYPD Choir, and the people in the video were actually firemen, who got incredibly drunk during the filming.
Yes, I saw that programme too. Why isn't there a NYPD choir? There dang well ought to be!
Kirtsy McColl was a great talent. Do you know her version of Cole Porter's Miss Otis Regrets? Sublime.
I agree wholeheartedly. "Rockin´ around the Christmas Tree" is the one that REALLY makes me want to puke.
Traditional carols and hymns are lovely and I am fortunate to know many in three languages: English, of course, Spanish and my grandparent´s Polish which I learned from my grandmother as soon as I could talk. She would sing me the Polish hymns as lullabys during the Christmas season.
Traditional Christmas music is gorgeous.
Mel Smith and Kim Wilde (I think it was them) did a comedy version of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree which was quite good fun- at least the video was.
That Pogues song is great. I'm also fond of that old classic "Santa Claus is Somkin' Reefer."
Ah, I've never come across that one- but I think I'd probably like it.
I like to think we Brits are all secretly punks at heart.
I will admit to a soft spot for 1950s Christmas music. Mitch Miller Christmas singalong is on high rotation in our house, but not until after December 15th.
B. bought me the Sufjan Stevens Christmas box set this year, in attempt to update my musical sweet tooth...
I don't recognise Mitch Miller. I suspect the British equivalent would be someone like Max Bygraves.
I used to work as a cleaner in an old folk's home. It was wall to wall Max in there.
Most of it is pabulum, really. Saccharine to the nth degree.
I'll agree with others here, the best carols/Christmas music is when it incorporates a pagan element, some degree of darkness, or a decidedly non-commercial spirituality. O Holy Night, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Holly and the Ivy, and Carol of the Bells come to mind.
I've just ordered the Watersons' new seasonal CD- Holy Heathens and the Green Man. I can't wait!
"Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" Where's your holiday spirit? ;)
2006-11-29 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: You missed...
I don't believe I've ever heard that one, but I'm sure I'd like it if I did.
I'll listen to great choral works at Christmas. But I draw the line at what I heard last night in JC Penneys: A fifties crooner (Bing, I think) remixed with trance drums.
No. No. No. No. Trance is trance. Bing is Bing. The two should not ever mix.
:still getting the nastybad taste out of my hears and brain...:
I'll be listening to traditional folk. Specifically, The Watersons.
Poor old Bing. Do you remember when he sang little Drummer Boy (yuk) as a duet with the young David Bowie?
Around here, most of the radio stations have gone to all christmas music all of the time, until the end of December. Even if I were a Christian, I don't think I would want six weeks of non-stop christmas music, EVERYWHERE!
You can't escape it by putting on the television, either. All of those advertising jingles! How can something be sacred when it is so commercialized? I am not opposed to christmas music, I find some if it rather nice, actually. But gimme a break!
It's the relentlessly upbeat jollity of it all that gets me!
what, technically, is the definition of a "carol"?
also, nobody's mentioned All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. two years ago, my brother actually got his two front teeth knocked out about two days before christmas. maybe it's mean, but i had a field day with that.
A Christmas carol (also called a noël) is a carol (song or hymn) whose lyrics are on the theme of Christmas, or the winter season in general. They are traditionally sung in the period before and during Christmas. The tradition of Christmas carols hails back as far as the thirteenth century, although carols were originally communal songs sung during celebrations like harvest tide as well as Christmas. It was only later that carols began to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas.
A popular urban legend was that they were named after a little girl named Carol Poles who disappeared in 1888 in the Whitechapel district of London. According to the legend, the little girl was reported missing around Christmas and many people went searching for her at night. Due to fears concerning Jack the Ripper, the group would sing Christmas carols upon knocking in order to declare their good intentions
"...You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk"
do they really play that in the malls and shops over there?
I'm pretty sure I've heard it...
Irving Berlin was a Jew.
But, yeah, I know what you mean.