Thursday, December 25, 2008

How Many Frosty's Does It Take to Drive a Person Crazy?

Ahhh, the Christmas season. Family gathers to celebrate the birth of Christ and spend quality time together. I love it, and sometimes, I hate it.

No. I am not the Grinch. I merely hate certain commercialized aspects. Mainly, the countless number of Christmas carol remakes that play for a month wherever you turn.

Listening to the radio becomes a chore. No, I do not want to hear N'Sync's version of "The First Noel," I definitely never ever want to hear Christina Aguilera adding her whiny voice to "Angels We Have Heard on High," and Barbara Streisan's version of "Jingle Bells" basically destroys the song for me.

Why do these people find it necessary to butcher classic Christmas songs? Why???? And why do they have to play them all through the Christmas season? If I want to hear Christmas carols, I want to listen to the real version, not some popstars trying to make it "jazzy."

For some reason I will not attempt to explain (because I have no logical explanation), I decided to work retail over Christmas. So far I've stomached my disgust at the gross amount of materialism I get to witness everyday, but the music, that makes me cranky.

Not only do they play horrible Christmas carol remakes, but they do it with several versions of the same song, over and over and over again. I have heard every single version possible of "Frosty the Snowman," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which are Christmas songs I'm not even that fond of in their original form, let alone the ones that cover every music genre known to man.

And they play the same songs everyday. I have heard Alanis Morrisette's version of "All I Want for Christmas is You," at least once everyday this week. Ahhhhh!

But then, the worst was yet to come, as this week I heard a version of "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch." One of my favourite songs ever, what better lyrics are there then to call someone a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce? but this was the last straw. Someone decided to take this song from the classic cartoon, and turn it into a slow, sexy jazz number? Why would they do that?

Oh the things I do to get through school.

My only comfort is that I sing in my church choir. Singing Christmas carols there has restored my faith in Christmas music.