After three installments in the “Christmas Music” series, I wanted to write about some really bad music out there. And believe me, there’s some bad music out there. I realize I’m going to step on some toes with this post, and that’s not my intention. These are simply some Christmas recordings I don’t like. If you like them, that’s OK. We can still be friends, that is, if we were friends before. If we weren’t, our opposite views on various songs probably isn’t a big enough thing to build a relationship on. But anyway, here they are…
Alan Jackson, “Jingle Bells” – it’s country music. That alone should be enough to pass this one by.
Boney James, “Breath of Heaven” – I’ve already mentioned that I really like some of Boney’s stuff. I like it enough that I even feel free to just call him “Boney,” and not “Boney James.” But this arrangement sounds a little Kenny G-ish to me, and it’s kind of sappy. Definitely not up to Boney’s normal funkiness.
Elton John, “Step into Christmas” – I’ve tried for years to like this song, but the other day as I was listening to it in my car, I just said to myself, “I don’t really like this song that much.” Maybe if it was still the 70’s and I was still in high school, I might say I liked it. But I’m not still in high school, and at my age, I’m secure enough to say I don’t like the song. I’m not however, secure enough to discuss my age.
Joni Mitchell’s “River,” recorded by anyone. I have several recordings of this, and it’s just bizzarre.
Brian Wilson, “Deck the Halls” – Almost works, but doesn’t.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree AND Jingle Bell Rock. I think people are afraid to just come out and say these songs are both kind of lame. We feel we need them because they have the word “rock” in them, therefore kind of putting them into the “rock” genre. Not that I don’t play them and not that I don’t sing them in classes. I just sing them in classes and inwardly marvel at how much people like them.
OK, I guess that’s enough song griping for now.