Unsilent night

The curse of Yuletide Radio is upon us, and so far I have worked diligently to avoid it: I’ve even taken to threading the MP3 Walkman into the car stereo via one of those fake-cassette gizmos.

So I’m taking Nicole’s word for the following:

The major beef I have with it is that when you play nothing but 24/7 Christmas music, you have to play EVERYTHING ever recorded. So along with good stuff, you get the poppy trash that comes out every year. And you never get to hear the more churchy songs since it is on the radio and we don’t want to offend anyone.

This would seem to fall a little short of EVERYTHING, but I know what she means. And this in particular rings true:

[N]ow I’ll have “Feliz Navidad” stuck in my head all day long…

The Doors should have covered that, as payback to José Feliciano for his take on “Light My Fire.”


  1. Nicole »

    2 December 2010 · 8:11 pm

    YouTube + curiosity is a dangerous mix…


    The cover of the song is truly awful, but I was amused by Ricky Martin trying to pretend he was contributing something to the rendition by shaking that maraca cylinder thingy for all he was worth.

  2. CGHill »

    2 December 2010 · 8:19 pm

    And you know Ricky’s never once wallowed in any form of mire.

  3. Lisa Paul »

    3 December 2010 · 1:27 am

    Chaz, you Scrooge McDuck,

    In these quarters we’re listening to KOIT FM which promises two uninterrupted 30 minute Christmas sets per hour — which pretty much translates to all Christmas 24/7. And I have yet to hear them play Feliz Navidad. Not that it would be that inappropriate this close to the Mission District.

  4. Tatyana »

    3 December 2010 · 6:50 am

    ‘Tis a good question, what’s worse – Xmas popsicles or churchy songs, 24/7

    Plague on both their house, I say.

    The only radio I listen to is Pandora: whatever I want, when I want it.

  5. fillyjonk »

    3 December 2010 · 7:27 am

    The solution is to be busy enough that you only have 10-15 minutes to listen to the radio every day when you’re commuting. That way, if you’re lucky, you get to hear Ella Fitzgerald doing “Sleigh Ride” or something like that, but you don’t hear it enough to get tired of it.

  6. Jeff Brokaw »

    3 December 2010 · 1:11 pm

    I actually kind of like the all-Christmas-music stations. Anything that brings back memories of a simpler time, and serves to remove excess commercialism, is OK by me.

    Commercialism of Christmas just makes me crazy, more and more every year. Is it just me? Everybody is all about ‘stuff’ they want — or that you’re supposed to want as a good gift receiver — all the damn time.

    Just now I went back to check my email — Apple says I should “Put an iPad under the tree’. Sure, why not! Nothing says Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men like more expensive technology in our lives!

    Yes, clearly, I’m getting O-L-D. And get off my lawn.

  7. nightfly »

    3 December 2010 · 9:08 pm

    If I want perpetual Christmas music, well, there’s a playlist for that on my iPod. And if I don’t want to hear Wrapping Paper for the umpteenth time, I just skip it.

  8. LeeAnn »

    5 December 2010 · 7:09 am

    They’ve been playing it at work non-stop since Thanksgiving. I counter by singing songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show…. loud and tonedeaf-ly.

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