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do you like holiday music?
I LOVE IT! :santa: 36%  36%  [ 9 ]
I HATE IT! :evil: 36%  36%  [ 9 ]
meh. :shrug: 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
where's my eggnog-flavored icecream? :chef: 16%  16%  [ 4 ]
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21 Dec 2021, 11:09 pm

The really religious ones tend to irritate me. There are some of the religious ones that are okay, just not my thing.

I do like being able to hear Christmas music when shopping and when close to the actual date. Bloody hell I don't want to hear it before Thanksgiving.

It can get boring and repetitive, but in that case I will sometimes make up my own morbid lyrics.


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21 Dec 2021, 11:26 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
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I love classic holiday music. It's the only time year you hear certain older styles of pop music played in public instead of the standard current hits. Also, it's so merry. Full disclosure: I'm an atheist, but I even like the religious Christmas songs.


Yes. That is one upside. The guy who drives my carpool had an xmas XM channel on. It would play a corny old Bing Crosby song, then a modern rock xmas song, then an old timey song remixed to modern techno, then back to an original old timey version of an old timey song. It was kinda interesting to savor. Though even in that case- when we started the return trip home someone said "no more Xmas music please" and no one disagreed as the driver switched channels. So enough Xmas music is still enough. Lol!


One year at work, I kept a tally of how often the same Christmas songs were played over and over. (Different versions). During one shift, they played "Silver Bells" 14 times.

Now they mix it up. They'll play a few pop songs and then a couple Christmas songs and then more pop songs. In theory this is better, though the current pop they play is so utterly repellent to me that I'd rather hear anything else.

BTW, not Christmas related, but Electronics is next to my department and they have been playing the same handful of movie trailers on a loop for two years now :P.



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22 Dec 2021, 6:14 am

being that my favorite xmas album [stereo edit of the phil spector xmas record "a christmas gift to you"] was recorded in the summer of '63, i often listen to it in the summertime.



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22 Dec 2021, 5:27 pm

A lot of it is too shallow, mainstream, hackneyed and cynically done for my taste, but this one doesn't annoy me. Hard to believe it's by a band that were originally more a business ploy than a real band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riG85oA6Wy4



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22 Dec 2021, 6:03 pm

^ Beautiful song. Origins in the Renaissance. ❤️


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22 Dec 2021, 6:20 pm

Yes.
A Sixteenth Century Spanish carol. Sung by of a people...



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23 Dec 2021, 8:42 am


true story behind this recording, the master tape was quickly wiped and recorded over by a punk band. really. :roll: so what you hear here is off of a specimen 45 rpm record.



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23 Dec 2021, 11:32 am

How so? It was a video recording, and the video portion is still clearly intact. I noticed 2 versions on YT - one had the studio version of the sound dubbed on, which had some reverb on it. The other was "dry" and I thought Davy Jones was rather louder in the mix.



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23 Dec 2021, 2:13 pm

ToughDiamond wrote:
A lot of it is too shallow, mainstream, hackneyed and cynically done for my taste, but this one doesn't annoy me. Hard to believe it's by a band that were originally more a business ploy than a real band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riG85oA6Wy4


That's interesting. I hadn't heard this one before.

I once heard an album of Monkees covers that opened with the first singer (I can't remember who it was) saying, "When I was young, I was aware that the Monkees musical group was 98% bull****, but I liked 'em anyway."

I always liked them. Michael Nesmith, who recently passed away, was a good songwriter himself.



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23 Dec 2021, 2:30 pm

ToughDiamond wrote:
How so? It was a video recording, and the video portion is still clearly intact. I noticed 2 versions on YT - one had the studio version of the sound dubbed on, which had some reverb on it. The other was "dry" and I thought Davy Jones was rather louder in the mix.


What are you talking about?

Blabby was talking about the song HE posted. Not your song being done by the Monkees.



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23 Dec 2021, 2:40 pm

As an old dinosaur of a musician, I get tired is listening/performing works like Haendel’s Messiah every year. The one of the few works I have no problem listening or performing every Christmastide is Sir Ralph Vaughan Williams Hodie. Here’s the epilogue to that work.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ve1m1wKqeEY



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23 Dec 2021, 2:50 pm

Another modern composer of holiday music was German Composer Franz Biebl. Biebl was primarily a composer for education (think high school concert band and concert choir. Here’s his most famous composition, the Ave Maria.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rb8C8wBZ98



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23 Dec 2021, 3:13 pm

I love Christmas music. I've always loved Christmas. It's my peaceful time of the year. I love the trees, giving gifts to others, the friends and families gathering and the magical joy.


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23 Dec 2021, 3:15 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
Yes.
A Sixteenth Century Spanish carol. Sung by of a people...



I love this song and this version. The Monkees did a great job.


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23 Dec 2021, 3:19 pm

This is my favourite Christmas song. It has a Germanic feel to it.


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23 Dec 2021, 3:23 pm

naturalplastic wrote:

What are you talking about?

Blabby was talking about the song HE posted. Not your song being done by the Monkees.

Thanks for the clarification. Your first sentence was, however, not useful.