Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Stop, Collaborate And Listen.

People, let's take a breather here, shall we? I made a list of songs that should be appreciated not just in the Christmas season, but also all winter, ideally, all year long.

I know I love Christmas music. I've tried to examine it, but it really doesn't go beyond they're catchy and fun and historical and they get me all nostalgic.

I think the main problem people have with Christmas music is its concentration. From about now-ish to the 25th of December, the air is saturated with Christmas music and the only reason it's not supersaturated is the chill in the air!

Think of a song that you're fairly fond of. I'd say, not your favourite song, but one you are familiar with and know the lyrics. I know that any song I have an affinity for would start to grate on my nerves after listening to it ad nauseum for 6 weeks.

And yes, the music so often confused with Christmas music, "winter music," we'll call it, should be appreciated at other times.

Like the arrival of Christmas lights, Christmas music has come to symbolise all that is crap about this holiday: being desperately trapped in a busy mall, or the vapid consumerism of television ads*, or, shudder, carollers... urk. It's the saccharine sentiment cloaking business' anticipated money windfall/hard-on. Yeah, buy that Furby for the kid. I guarantee he will break it or forget about it by Groundhog Day. Pointless. (Holy crap - I'm turning into the aunt that only gives tube socks for Christmas...) {Side thought - wouldn't it be great if we could register for Christmas gifts like some people register for wedding gifts?}

In conclusion, I contend that it is not the music to blame but its saturation.

*I wrote the whole "Winter Music Rant" after seeing an ad for a cellphone/MP3 player. People everywhere are walking around city streets on a snowy night with their shiny new phones/MP3 players singing the same song: "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow." I love that ad. Enjoying yourself enough to sing aloud, by yourself, in public? Priceless.


Holly said...

I'm not sure, but the fact that this all stems from a cell phone ad may answer the question for us.

Catherine said...

What question?

Holly said...

The question of the value of Christmas music, and whether or not we need to hear more of it.

I think Nokia has already taken care of it for us.

Catherine said...

Yeah, I dug the ad because of the music and the visuals, so it got my attention, but I'm not going to think of the ad when I hear that song, nor am I compelled to race to Rogers for a new gadget. I like the ad because of the happiness that the characters are getting from the song (sure, the song is played to them through their phone, which is the product that they are schilling, but I choose to ignore that bit, basically because I'm not in the market for a phone).