Friday, December 02, 2005

Christmas Carols

Christmas season is in full swing now. Everywhere you go, you here Christmas Carols (why do we call them "carols" instead of songs? Is it the alliteration thing?)

My favorite Christmas SONG is "O Holy Night." I also love "O Come All Ye Faithful." But I also like some of the lighter songs like "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland" and "It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas."

Now for my least favorite: "Little Drummer Boy." Now remember: I AM an ex-drummer. But the whole premise for this song just grates on me (please understand: most of my comments here are tongue in cheek You'll have to figure out which ones).

So here's this little Jewish boy in the 1st century -- walking around WITH A DRUM? And these wise men come up and say, "Come, see the newborn King." Right away, I am questioning them as wise men if they are inviting a little boy WITH A DRUM to come see a newborn baby. Imagine that, ladies. You've just given birth. "You have a visitor." "Who is it?" "It's a little boy WITH A DRUM. He wants to see you."

So, this little boy WITH A DRUM says, "I don't have anything to give. How 'bout I just lay a few paradiddles (sp?) on you?" AND MARY NODS "YES"! Tell me any mother with a newborn who is going to let a little boy WITH A DRUM start jamming for her baby!

And the sound of this drum drives me up a wall. "Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum." It sounds more like a plastic garbage can that's just been hit by a car at about 40 mph.

And get this: The ox and lamb kept time. Yeah, buddy. Those two incredible examples of rhythm from the animal kingdom. "Moo-moo-moo-moo-moo" and "Baa-baa-baa-baa-baa."

If this had really happened, I think it may have been enough to cause Jesus to reconsider. Oh, well -- I guess it could have been worse. Whoever came up with the idea for this song (written in the 60's, I think. That might explain a lot) could have called it "The Little Moog Synthesizer Boy." 'Come, they told me -- woo-WOO-woo-WOO-woo."

So, what's your favorite Christmas carol (song)?


Beverly Ross said...

I would love to answer your question but I can't stop laughing long enough to even think of another Christmas song! You are hilarious! I can honestly say I never quite thought about it like that! I used to LOVE that song, especially the way Malaya describes it!

Josh Ross said...

WOW!!! Do you really hate that song? I can't tell.
As for me, I love Christmas, but I'm not a big Christmas carol fan. If I had to pick one, it would probably be "Grandma got ran over by a reindeer."

Jeff said...

I like "Christmas in Jail" and "The Drummer Boy" both by Asleep at the Wheel. As for traditional Christmas song/ real favorite for me.

Electricity would be a problem with the synthesizer idea. I'm thinking any other instrument would have been a sax.

Randy said...

In the event that I'm taken by the Christmas spirit, I listen to Handel's Messiah and the Nutcracker. The Christmas spirit hasn't struck me yet this year. Perhaps when the summer weather ends.

Marcy said...

I have to agree with Jeff, Asleep at the Wheel has two great ones with "Christmas in Jail" and their version of "The Drummer Boy". I'm being serious! Listen to "Christmas in Jail" just once and you will be humming it all day long. A very catchy tune! But I also like "We Need a Little Christmas". I don't hear that one much anymore.

Beverly Ross said...

OK - I think I am through cracking up at your humor! I LOVE "Mary Did You Know"; "Happy Birthday, Jesus"; Michael W. Smith's "Gloria"; and "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus".

Beverly Ross said...

And of course, "Drummer Boy"!

Paige said...

My favorite is, "We need a little Christmas." I am not sure that is the title, but since I was a little girl my grandmother's church always had a living Christmas tree program and they would sing that song and 'hang up the holly.' I have always loved it. It is hard to find and not often played, but KLTY has played it some during their Christ is the reason for the Season thing.

Cassey said...

I like :

The christmas song

grown up christmas list

O Holy night

the 1st noel

Silent Night

this comming froma person that listend to chirstmas music all year long . I can't help it . Puts me in a good mood , and it is so pretty .