||The Unlikely Candidates
||If you can't find some Christmas music you can tolerate, you aren't trying.|
||"O, Helga Natt"
||So... This Is Christmas?
||You don't have to try, of course. It's a commercially-corrupted holiday nominally attached to a religion you don't have to belong to or indulge.|
||for KING & COUNTRY
||"Little Drummer Boy (Rewrapped)"
||But as with most human things, when the people who really care about a thing do it wholeheartedly, that wholeheartedness is itself an audible quality.|
||I have professional reasons to track Christmas listening around the world and in every form,|
||"Last Christmas - Recorded At Metropolis Studios, London"
||and I've given up pretending I don't kind of look forward to the storm of it every year.|
||"In the Bleak Midwinter - Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London"
||In a normal, i.e. non-Christmas, week, I spend much of my time finding new music, but so do a lot of other people, with various degrees of obsessiveness.|
||"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
||Songs of Christmas
||But for a week or two in December,|
||"Best Chanukah Ever"
||"Ho Ho Hopefully"
||The lists have been made, checked twice (maybe) and impatiently published before the year is actually over,|
||The Sam Willows
||"Little Drummer Boy"
||Christmas EP 4
||and the relentless new-release deluge relents just fractionally,|
||Sunny Day Service
||"Christmas of Love"
||and the willing revert eagerly to the familiar.|
||"Christmas Scene (feat. mizuki & Tielle)"
||narrative / NOISEofRAIN 4
||And I bet myself, again, that I can find a week of amazing semi-Christmas music just made,|
||"The Coventry Carol"
||or just half-made,|
||Cajsa Stina Åkerström
||"Jul i gemenskap"
||or at least I didn't know about it before now.|
||"Merry Fucking Christmas"
||This is a winnable bet. You can win it with anti-Christmas songs,|
||"Låt julen komma"
||or songs whose Christmas mass is canted obliquely enough to your own that you can pretend you don't see it.|
||You can win it with ironic detachment|
||or giddy spins,|
||Punk Rawk Christmas 6
||with mulled disdain|
||"Terribly Good Xmas"
||or impish swoon,|
||The Animal In Me
||"See You on Christmas Night"
||in your own color of clothes|
||First to Eleven
||or the appropriated regalia of arbitrarily borrowed othermasses.|
||Black Mass 3
||You can leave behind pine soot|
||"Song for December"
||or the tracks of imaginary fauna,|
||or just your breath in winter air.|
||"Next Year Will Be Mine"
||Next Year Will Be Mine / Coldest Night Of The Year 2
||The other Christmases stretch out before and after,|
||sideways into other tactics for evasion or embrace,|
||Taken By Trees
||upwards into transcendances muted|
||The Eagle and Child
||"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
||Over the Hills and Everywhere
||"The First Noel"
||Over the Hills and Everywhere
||If you usually avoid anthem worship rock, which is a not-unreasonable avoidance even if you worship, this is a week to consider tolerating it, because this is literally the week of the year for which anthem worship rock is most gloriously and unselfconsciously prepared.|
||Upon a Winter's Night (Deluxe)
||But it is also a week when you can filter out all of these overtones and calibrate your own restored nostalgia|
||or vicarious tourism|
||"Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (feat. Sean Ono Lennon)"
||or willing reinvention.|
||"Jingle Bells (Millingbells)"
||"Jingle Bells", my daughter delights in insisting, is originally a Thanksgiving song.|
||"Angels We Have Heard on High"
||All of these cookie-cutter shapes were originally ways of feeling gracious,|
||"12 Days Of Christmas"
||The Goldfinger Christmas EP 4
||"The Greatest Snowman"
||or temporarily freed from whatever you allow to normally constrain you.|
||"We Built This City"
||You don't have to love a holiday for all its cloying stipulations to realize it reminds other people to make particular foods,|
||"Silent Night, Unholy Night"
||Six Pieces of Orchestra
||and your ears don't have to be any more concerned than your tongue with why.|