Friday, November 11, 2005

Too fun! Don't stop now.

Apparently people feel quite strongly about bad Christmas music!! I don't want to stop the flow of opinion on this, but the time has come to declare myself.

For pure secular torture you can't beat Jingle Bell Rock. Inane lyics: "Jingle be-e-e-ll time, it's a sw-e-e-e-ll time . . . ", and an irritating tune that nevertheless sticks in your brain all day long.

I have to throw my vote behind "O Holy Night" for worst offender in a religious role. The schmaltziness might be bearable if it was sung really, really well. But in 16 years of ministry and many more years of church-going, I have never heard it done really, really well. Congregations with top-notch music ministries don't choose this song as the highlight of their Christmas Eve services because they have better things to do with their lives.

Tomorrow--Gord's meme on favorites . . .


will smama said...

I'd agree about O Holy Night except my sister does it really, really well.

Way to go on the comment record!

Quotidian Grace said...

You WOULD bring up Jingle Bell Rock. Jeez. Dang. Now I'll hear it all night.

O Holy Night brought tears to my eyes one Christmas eve when my friend's husband, a professional opera singer, sang it at our midnight service in his incredible baritone. Otherwise, I hate it.

SpookyRach said...

I love O Holy Night done well.

I plan to send you any medical bills incurred after I break out the power tools to try to get that damn Jingle Bell Rock tune out of my head.

Insidious ear worm!