Okay folks, normally I'm a really really positive guy. Don't like to cut things down, try to say the nice thing, but SHEEZ...I'm sitting here putting the tree up (I know...I know..BELIEVE me I know) and winding the lights around and flicking the cat off the tree (nicely actually..I love cats), and we have this station here that starting around July...plays Christmas songs 24/7. Hoo boy, there are some real PRIZERS of songs by famous people that should NEVER have performed ANY Christmas song in their LIVES.
Now, I know I'll get disagreement on this but for the record, Neil Diamond should stay as FAR away from the studio between, say, November and January.
Yikes. Winter Wonderland sounded like a broken bagpipe attempting to sing a fairly nice song.
So, here's my list of mangled, raped, and otherwise destroyed Christmas songs (allow me to be like that guy on the T.V., Simon, that rips every performer regardless as to whether they pitched the performance of their very lives or not)...that I've been forced to endure for the last day or two:
1. Winter Wonderland (and anything else remotely Christmas-like) by Neil Diamond. Already ripped it up above. Not wasting space here.
2. Jungle Bells - Beach Boys. Oh my, WHAT were their PR people thinking...I think it goes something like this: "hmmm...Elvis has a Christmas record, Englebert Humperdink probably has a Christmas record, ooh...I know...the Beach Boys should have a Christmas album. Now I'll bet that the other songs on the album were probably fine...but Jungle Bells? COME ON PEOPLE.
3. O Holy Night - Mariah Carey. Good Heavens...I know this young lady can sing (parts of it being somewhat of a controlled scream), but this performance is neither holy, nor at night, it's in the stark naked daylight at high noon. Zowie. At one point I couldn't really tell what the lyrics were even saying there was so much "soul" in the room. In fact, the soul departed. Ichabod.
4. "I'll have a blue blue blue blue blue blue BLUE Christmas without you" sung by anyone. I will be black and blue if I have to hear this ONE MORE TIME. Lessee...at last count, I think I heard the following genre's represented: Rock, Country, Country, Country, Ballad (easy listening), Gothic Speed Metal, Ska, and Zydeco.
Okay...I'm not scrooge anymore...I got it off my chest. I just wish I could actually HAVE an opinion here. I keep sitting on the fence, not picking a side at all, and then I go and sugarcoat it like that. Y'all must think I'm SUCH a pantywaste milque toast.
There, I said it. Hah!