Do people working in shops in December get a special supplement for having to endure unspeakably sugary Xmas music all day long?
Shame really when there is in fact some very good Xmas music out there. And music in churches, on TV and the radio and at gigs contributes greatly to the seasonal cheer. Just as one of those ghastly sugar-bombs can really bring me down when I’m out and about, a good Xmas song can really brighten my day.
We’ve had awful Xmas songs. Now here’s a thread where you can post the good stuff: your Yuletide favourites: old, new, borrowed and blue. I’m kicking off with the Disappointment Choir’s excellent A Pretty Good Xmas.
It’s interesting to watch how every year new songs are becoming Xmas standards. Ron Sexsmith’s beautiful Maybe This Xmas and Joni’s River are two examples that spring to mind. There are songwriters out there who can take the traditional ingredients and come up with something fresh, tuneful, funky or interesting.
Would that those who provide the music for shops took more notice of this and were a bit more imaginative and more varied. And here I must pay tribute to IKEA. There’s always something unexpected coming up on their in-store sound system. I was in the loo at their flagship store at Kungens Kurva recently and heard The Beautiful South’s Don’t marry her, fuck me. The perfect choice for besotted couples out furnishing their lovenest?
In every dream home a heartache…….