Christmas Music: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Awful!
I have held many different retail jobs and as a result, I tend to avoid Christmas-themed music. Working a customer service position during the winter holiday season (which, let it be known, begins in mid October) means being completely immersed in the trappings of the holidays – including, but not limited to – having your ears assaulted nonstop by a steady stream of Christmas music. Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album is practically the only thing I can bear to listen to this time of year, everything else reminds me of working long, grueling hours for little pay – sometimes while being verbally abused by the public. This aversion of mine deeply saddens my husband, who loves Christmas music and Christmas time and is generally a much more cheerful person than I – but even he has his limitations. I was with Mr. Pancake the first time that I heard the song, Christmas Shoes – an audio offering so foul, even my gladsome and merry Mister responded to it with a wailing, profanity-laden plea for it to stop.
Fortunately for our household, I have had a change of heart regarding the music associated with the holiday season. I recently received a lovely mix of non-traditional Christmas music from Rain Harris (one of the artist’s in our studio building) and I love every single song on this playlist. It was a revelation that music made in the spirit of Christmas could not only NOT make me want to take my own life, but could in fact be AWESOME - with artists like Sufjan Stevens, Matt Pond PA, Galaxie 500 and Glo-Worm – just to name a few – it is hard to go wrong. I would like to share my five favorites from her Christmas Mix with you:
-Joseph, Who Understood The New Pornographers
-Cold White Christmas Casiotone for the Panfully Alone
-Just Like Christmas Low
-Let’s Wrap Each Other The National Splits
Happy Holidays – I hope that you get everything that you want!