• Mix Tape: 24 Reasons Christmas Music Doesn't Have to Suck

    2 Dec 2010, 00:45 by xynobia

    I made this playlist (80 minutes) last Christmas, and put it on CD for loved ones as a Christmas gift. Each CD included the following letter and a copy of the playlist (see below). If you're interested in a copy, let me know. 'Tis the season...

    December 16, 2009

    Each December, I seem to hear it more than the year previous: “Man, I hate Christmas music!”. Although it pains me to hear it, the increasingly popular opinion is not without good reason. Over the past three decades, holiday music has become such a commercialized bastardization of itself, it's hard to hear a festive standard without images of GAP commercials dancing through my head. And in fact, there is scientific evidence to back up this anti-caroling sentiment! It's a proven fact that 90% of holiday music is pure tripe. But isn't that true of any musical genre? And yet, in spite of the crap that's out there, there's a lot more to Christmas music than Mariah's whistle register and Kenny G's jheri curl.