I’ll admit it: not only do I kind of like Christmas music, but I have an entire Christmas music playlist on my iPod. And entire Christmas albums by some artists, namely Mariah Carey and Destiny’s Child. I have just come to the realization that it is now mid-December (ish) and it is at least somewhat acceptable to be listening to Christmas music.
This is where Christian music doesn’t suck, I think. Because, having done a variety of music in choir over the past two and a half years, I can tell you that a lot of Protestant music, when it’s not of the Southern Baptist persuasion, is just not very pretty. Sorry. But it all sounds the same, and it gets boring and ugly to sing. I’m all about Catholic masses or a good spiritual, but wishy washy gospel is pretty uninteresting.
Christmas music, too, when sung by common people, reminds me of “The Star-Spangled Banner”–meaning that it can suck. A lot. Without even trying. And there’s plenty of crappy Christmas music, just as there is plenty of crappy music in just about every genre. I just finished a paper on Sephardic ballads from medieval Spain, and some of them are pretty unattractive, too. So I’m not being biased. There is always good music out there, and there is always ugly music out there as well. But people who are trained to be singers, especially those who also have some extra talent in writing and arranging, can do pretty fabulous version of good Christmas carols. And, because I am a desert girl who never gets to experience white Christmases for herself, it’s all I can do to secretly listen to carols on my earbuds.
American Christmas is a secular holiday anyway. Consumerism, pretending that Hanukkah is an important holiday, drinking eggnog AND eating potato latkes, and buying presents for everyone just because it’s fun. Finals are almost here, but at least classes are done, so I’m not going to stress. Hello, December.