Friday, December 16, 2011

Yuletide music that makes us scream "uncle!"

Since we have been hearing CHRISTMAS MUSIC since mid-October, we at ROUTE 1 have had plenty of opportunities to monitor the various JINGLE/SILENT/HOLY/SANTA/BELLS songs on offer.
Readers have been listening as well, and provide a guide to the overused Yuletide audio by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:
"What Christmas tune has overstayed its welcome?"
JEFF T. -- "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock" are definitely tired... Maybe from all that rockin!
KERI M. -- "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby and David Bowie.
JIM S. -- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." It was funny for about 15 years. Not anymore.
BRIAN M. -- I've managed to stay away from most Christmas music, particularly radio stations that have replaced their programming with all-Christmas music during the season, but there are the commercials that have fashioned their own lyrics out of the traditional songs. The one done to, I think it's "Sleigh Ride," for some department store, done in "Glee" style, has overstayed its welcome.
KERSTIN H. -- I'm starting to get tired of the classics like "Jingle Bells," "Silent
Night" and "Deck the Halls." I wish some one who will not be named (my mom) would play other Christmas songs.
RICK T. -- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." Enough of that song.
SANDYE V. -- "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."
JOHN S. -- "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."
MIKE D. -- Almost thirty years after Bob and Doug McKenzie's great spoof of "The 12 Days of Christmas," I'm growing tired of hearing parodies of that song. And Nissan has spoiled "It's the Most Wonderful Time (Sale) of the Year" by including it in its ever-present TV commercials.
ERIK H. -- When Justin Bieber's inevitable Christmas album included a version of "Silent Night," I finally threw up my hands and said, "Enough is enough!" Is there a musical artist who has not felt compelled to rework this song? It has been translated into more than 40 languages and after musical artist No. 300 covered the song, people quit counting. Yet still they come, your Mariah Careys, your Christina Aguileras, your Brad Paisleys -- everybody who sings, it appears, must belt out their version of this 152-year-old song. How different can their interpretations possibly be? Not different enough, I am afraid.


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