Writing about World Music

Davidson College, Fall 2015

Christmas Music

It’s getting to be about that time of year when all year almost everywhere is Christmas Music. I personally sometimes have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I love the cheer and joy that stems from hearing classic songs about love, friendship, family, and general merriment, but on the other hand, they do often get very repetitive. I understand that the classics are well… classic… but the next time I hear Jingle Bells will probably be about 5,000th time I’ve heard the song throughout my lifetime, and after hearing it another several hundred times throughout the Holiday season (often the same version), it gets a tad annoying. I’m not trying to be the Grinch or anything like that. I rather enjoy the Holiday spirit, but sometimes I wish more people would try to increase the range of Christmas Music that they listen to.

That being said, this year I’m on a quest to find “the other” Christmas Music. I want to find the music that yo won’t every hear on the radio, but still carries every little bit of the Holiday Spirit and sounds refreshingly new. Also as a Christian, I find myself often looking for songs that have deep meaning to the roots of what Christmas is all about to me. After already having done some searching this Holiday season, I have been pleasantly surprised with some of the results I’ve had. I’ve found many songs through YouTube that I’ve never heard before, but sound wonderful and powerful nonetheless. It has helped bring new meaning to the Christmas season for me, as well as personalized the joy and spirit that this season brings. Feel free to post in the comments any Christmas songs that you know that don’t necessarily see endless play on the radio that you feel still deserves attention. I would love to listen. Here’s one of the songs that I’ve found in my search.

3 Comments

  1. Christmas music has always been special for me. Relating it to another post on here, “Music and Memory”, Christmas songs give me a warm feeling of family, friends, and fun from past experiences. My favorite songs include the classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby”. But I do often find myself stuck in a cycle of the same Christmas songs.

    From remake after remake, most radio stations only play the classics. The same songs created by different artists will play on the radio stations over and over again, and eventually, certain songs get annoying. Towards the end of Christmas, I find myself craving new music that doesn’t include jingling bells or reindeer hooves clicking on the roof. Radio stations seem to have stopped trying to find diverse Christmas music, and they don’t look for new songs or not so popular ones like “Here With Us” by Joy Williams. If radio stations attempted to find diversity, then maybe people wouldn’t tire from Christmas Music as often.

    That being said, there are still contemporary artists who are creating new Christmas songs. They never really become popular because, as I mentioned above, there is no publicity for the songs. Potentially, to add to your list of the other Christmas music, I can only think of one song that my friend fell in love with last year. The song is “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande. It has the similar tune of popular Christmas songs, but it is something that I haven’t heard before. It does not reach the deeper meaning of Christmas, unfortunately, but I don’t think that can be expected from Ariana. Hope you find it interesting!

    https://youtu.be/nlR0MkrRklg

  2. I am not a huge fan of Christmas music, as you stated a lot of it just feels very repetitive and overplayed. I am not a Grinch and do not hate Christmas, but as a Christian sometimes I think that people get away from the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season. I think that most of Christmas music is just the same thing over and over again. Companies have turned the holidays into a monopoly in which they try and make money. I think that the true meaning of Christmas is spending time with your family and enjoying each others presence, and giving more than receiving. Over the holidays my family always has a tradition of going to the Soup Kitchen at least once and serving meals to those who are less fortunate.

    • I actually love Christmas music, and especially the repetitive songs! There is a radio station in my hometown that plays Christmas songs from the day after Thanksgiving until December 26 and my family gets so annoyed with me but it is all I want to listen to. I find Christmas music so happy and it always puts me in a good mood. Because you’re only supposed to listen to it in December, I listen to as much as possible in that month. I also don’t find the newer Christmas songs or pop covers that enjoyable to listen to. For example, I absolutely love Taylor Swift and think of her as a second mom but I can’t stand listening to her Christmas album. I think that when pop artists do Christmas music, it ends up being more about showing off their voice than singing a cheery Christmas song. I also recognize that most Christmas music doesn’t actually convey the “true meaning” of Christmas, whatever that may be, but I don’t think it necessarily has to. Part of Christmas is being in a good mood and feeling good about the season. If people care more about the religious aspect, they can listen to songs like ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ or ‘The First Noel’. I love Christmas music just because it’s so cheery and puts people in the mood for the holiday season and for being grateful and happy with family, even if it isn’t all-encompassing with everyone’s definition of the true meaning.

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