Okay, I Admit It I’m A Closet Christmas Music Listener
I'm not very proud of this however what is it they say about confession being good for your soul? Well, my soul could use a little good at the moment so here goes. Every year I create a DVD for my guy's family filled with photos and video of the previous year's Christmas. This is not some transfer files over and burn to disc affair. No, everything I do must be overproduced and loved. Not liked, not, "oh that's sweet" but adored. And it's not just because it's Michael's family. No, I make everyone crazy with my craziness for making sure that everything is just so. Every word on every blog has to say exactly what I want it to convey, every video blog gets even more scrutiny because I have to look at myself so the yearly DVD has gone from a "fun idea" to a complete chore due to my own standards. This includes a holiday soundtrack to beat the band. And so over the last few years of doing this I have amassed the largest collection of Christmas music any Jew shouldn't own. Okay, I admit it I'm a closet Christmas music listener - Don't Get Me Started!
Years ago my mother used to come to the Christmas show I performed in every year and every year she would say the same thing, "What happened to Silver Bells? Why don't they ever put Silver Bells in the show? That's a good song. I love when Johnny Mathis sings it." That's right, my mother loves the Christmas music too so maybe that's where I got it from but for whatever reason (and I'd never admit this to her, I like the Silver Bells too). I remember when the a cappella group, Take 6 put out their first album I bought it. My brother's musical taste is as eclectic as it comes so I was so excited for him to hear this group. I remember we were in my car and I played some song I really liked and he was like, "They're singing about Jesus. What are you doing listening to music about Jesus?" Confused I said to him, "I just love the harmonies, I don't care what they're singing about these guys are great." My brother, "Hmmm, just a little odd, don't you think? We're Jewish, you know that, right?" Switching from the CD to the radio I said, "Yeah, I know that." "Good" said my brother.
Maybe it's my love of music in general that makes me just love some Christmas music. I love the harmonies of the carols, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and if Jingle Bell Rock comes on the radio, be prepared to have it turned up and should you be driving in front of me and look in your rear view mirror, make no mistake that I will indeed be rocking out.
So this year I bought the Bette Midler "Cool Yule" CD. That's right, I didn't download it, I actually bought the CD (so that I could see the pics and read any linear notes) and let me just say, I'm loving it so much that it not only is in my car but I've actually been working out to it and the title track is on my home page (http://www.somelikeitscott.com/ ). And yes one of the CD's tracks made it onto the famous family Christmas DVD. I didn't really think about it when I was putting the song on but it dawned on me after I'd burned all the DVDs and was watching them to make sure each one worked properly. The song is a duet by Bette Midler and Johnny Mathis. Kind of funny if you consider that Bette Midler is Jewish and Johnny Mathis is a black man. Hmmm...chances are my subconscious realized that art was imitating my reality!
Now let me say that I'm not one of those people who would listen to this music all year round or something, everything has its place and in order to stay special it need not be heard until Thanksgiving each year (are you listening radio stations and retail locations?) and needs to go away on December 26th before I start wanting to roll a Mannheim Steamroller over Brenda Lee.
I guess I'm not the first Jew to think that "Up On The Housetop" is a better tune than say "The Dradel Song" or "Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah." And I do feel guilty for having so many Christmas albums so that's something Jewish, right? And what about Barbra Streisand and Midler - both Jews singing the Christmas music? If they can sing it I can buy it and hum along right? So there, I'm officially coming clean on the whole Christmas music thing and I feel better, don't you? Okay, I admit it I'm a closet Christmas music listener - Don't Get Me Started!
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