Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas Songs that Aren't

I came across this on the internets the other day, and I thought it beared repeating.

Christmas songs that aren't.

It's Christmastime, and the easy listening FM radio stations are festooned with Christmas music.

Or are they?

Despite the fact that most radio stations seem to have a playlist that encompasses all of about 15 songs, I'd posit that a good third of them at least aren't even Christmas songs.

They're winter songs.

Here's my list of "Christmas Music" that has nothing at all to do with Christmas:.

Jingle Bells
Frosty the Snowman
Let it Snow
Sleigh Ride
Winter Wonderland
My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music)

Just because a song talks about snow or winter doesn't make it a Christmas song. Christmas is just barely even in winter. Four days into winter to be exact. If you want to associate a winter or snow song with a holiday, perhaps Valentine's Day would be more appropriate, or even Martin Luther King Junior day. Both are more squarely in wintertime then Christmas is. Snowmen also have nothing to do with Christmas, but that's another rant

But using the commonly adopted association of winter and Christmas, I'd like to propose one more Christmas song:

Brick, by Ben Folds Five.

Sure it's about abortion, but in the song they use this line:
"Six AM,
Day after Christmas
I throw some clothes on in the dark
The smell of cold
Car seat is freezing
The world's asleep and I am

Ben mentions both "Christmas" and "cold", and therefore by the same logic that makes My Favorite Things a Christmas song (snowflakes, silver white winters, sleigh bells), Brick is now also a de facto Christmas Song.

So keep this in mind while you listen to everybody and their mom cover "Winter Wonderland."

Merry Winter


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