Most Christmas carols are incredibly grating.
It turns out I have some company with that opinion. There was a good explanation recently about that hatred for too much holiday music in an NBC article I ran across.
|Too many Christmas carols are like this picture: So|
incredible faux cute you want to barf
Here's some of the most pertinent info from the article:
|Icky, sticky sweet Christmas carols don't |
make my heart grow three times over
like they ultimately did for this
formerly negative guy
This isn't to say all Christmas music is bad. Some is tolerable, even mildy enjoyable. A sense of humor goes a long way in holiday music, but it has to be actually funny. Could anyone please explain to me the appeal of "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer?" An old woman who forgets to take her medication and is brutally mowed down by an animal is funny? And how does that relate to the holiday, other than the situation supposedly hit on Christmas Eve?
Why not put a little edge into some Christmas songs. No need to make them depressing. Just complex. Take Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home.") It has a variety of emotions, Love belts the song out without hiding behind false cheer and insufferable Santas.
Then there's Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," that cheeky, breathless, sexy tribute to over the top Christmas commercialism. The song is a treat.
The music from Dr. Suess's the Grinch is great, too. The lyrics are so goofy you can't help smiling. Who can resist this lyrical description of the Grinch?
"You have termites in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile"
The bottom line, though, is most Christmas music is toxicly cloying. If I for some reason need a dose of seasonal noise, I'm perfectly capable of seeking it out myself, thanks. Otherwise, leave me out of it.