So the Monday after my birthday (that's November 16th) the radio station we listen to in the lobby of our office switched to playing all Christmas music, all day.
Seriously? It's not even Thanksgiving yet. Last holiday season I was stuck listening to nothing but Christmas music for several weeks in my treatment room doing manual therapy all day and I came up with this post about how the lyrics of older Christmas songs imply some pretty hilarious things.
So this year, instead of focusing on how much I want to deafen myself with an icepick so I don't have to hear one more droopy Bing Crosby croon, I decided I'd make my own list of favorite Christmas music. Of course they'll never play most of these, because whatever cruel person decided that Christmas starts SEVEN WEEKS early this year also has no intention of making it the least bit pleasant for us. We're quite doomed to hear only nasally Paul McCartney treacle and "Do They Know It's Christmas Time at All?" and that horrid new country one about the young kid who buys his dying mother new shoes for Christmas. When that one comes on, I pray for the sweet music of circular saws or jackhammers or screeching tires to get the sound of it out of my head.
If you have iTunes and you want to listen to some pretty excellent Christmas-related music that won't make you want to smash your head against a wall till the pain stops, check out Mark's Favorite Christmas Music:
1) Imogen Heap, "Just for Now"
2) Vince Guraldi Trio "Linus and Lucy"
3) Dave Matthews Band "Christmas Song"
4) Dan Fogelberg "Same Old Lang Syne"
5) Sarah McLachlan "Song for a Winter's Night"
6) Cast of South Park "Christmas Time in Hell"
7) Jewel Kilcher and her mother Nedra "Rudolph" (A Capella)
8) Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan "Silent Night" (hidden track from the end of "O")