Monday, December 13, 2010

What Exactly Makes this a Christmas Song?

Ok, I know I need an attitude adjustment, so sue me. The annual Christmas Musical put on by our piano teacher is not my favorite way of spending a Sunday afternoon. An hour and a half of poorly prepared Christmas music played on the piano is torturous, but we go because we love our piano teacher and we want to support our children's piano aspirations.

This year's performance was particularly abominable. Many students elected to not play Christmas tunes at all, leaving me wondering if it was intentional. Seriously, if you don't want to celebrate Christmas, don't, but don't hijack our celebration just to make a point. The absolute worst slap in the face was the father and son duet to John Lennon's "Imagine". Seriously? This had to be intentional. How could you not realize how completely anti-Christian, anti-religion, and anti-Christmas this song is? Argh!

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

I know I'm over-simplifying and projecting a bit here, but basically, according to these performers, Christmas is the reason for war, greed, and hunger.

Thankfully a couple of more talented kiddos played music from "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" At least Linus gets it.
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Walt said...

Hey Mau, about stealing just stole Christmas from those kids who played the Beatles and all of those non Christmas songs. They had art (not to be mistaken for fart lil' wingster) in their hearts and were playing it loud and clear. But nooooooo...that's not good enough for my older sister. How about the Little Drummer Boy. Do you think he was playing Oh Little Town of Bethlehem??? Well he might of...or was he busting out Here Comes Santa Clause??? I don't think so. That midget percussionist was playing some drumline special. My question is how would you actually know what tune he was really playing. What I am trying to get to...El those kids wrapped their music with tiny little bows of love...well...maybe the love of their mother living vicariously through their piano playing...but love nonetheless. How about Angelina the Ballerina...she is doing the whole Nutcracker you needed me to tell you that. None of those songs are technically Christmas songs...but she dances her little heart out on that stage. What you going to do with that??? run up on the stage and yell at her and the entire troup... "YOU MURDERERS OF CHRISTMAS! BUTCHERERS OF THE YULE TIDE!!!!" You need to calm down there sis...and turn on that one station...we all have it...that plays continuous Christmas music from Halloween through Christmas...if that doesn't satisfy you nothing will.

Love Ya Mau,


Maurisa said...

Seriously? Do I need to delete you again?! :b

Sarah Oldham said...

I like the song's melody but the words kind of (well, they are nice hippie love stuff, but very unrealistic) . . . It is definitely not a Christmas song. They could have saved that number for another pageant that wasn't a specific holiday.

Mele Kalikimaka, darlin'!