I Hear Dead People

It’s the Christmas season. It means Christmas songs are everywhere. Many songs performed by artists who have long since passed. A bit of sadness overcomes me every time I hear one of these artists:

  • Bing Crosby
  • David Bowie
  • Elvis Presley
  • John Lennon
  • George Michael
  • Tom Petty

Numerous more artists have died who also performers carols and Christmas songs. All of these are beautiful songs shared every year. There is a certain joy heard in each of their voices. A joy that continues to be shared with audiences even though they are no longer with us. As sad as I may be hearing their melodies, I know they performed to bring happiness to all.

Let their legacy live on in a time of cheer when we need it most.

Holiday Music

I love this time of year. The music is all the same everywhere you go. Carols and Christmas songs pumped through the airways. In the stores, on the radio, even loudly through my home.

I love it all- from The Chipmunks to Barbra Streisand; Elvis to N’Sync… classical music to progressive rock. If it’s Christmasy or winter filled- my emotions get hyped.

Yes, playing Christmas music on November 1st is allowed. I need my two months of music. These are songs I’ve heard over the years numerous times. I could recite and sing along to them. Except maybe with “The Vienna Boys Choir” according to my wife… but it’s so much fun to attempt.

May the joy of music fill your homes and hearts this holiday season as it does mine!

My Least Favorite Holiday Song

Every year around this time, Christmas music is played everywhere you go.  I even have it playing on the speakers throughout my home.  My children are also practicing festive songs on the piano this month.  With all of this combined, there are hundreds of songs to go through.  Some are catchy, others are traditional, and some are just plain terrible.  Not including the comedic styles like “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” there is one song that I just cannot stand to hear- no matter who sings it.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Here is a link to the creepy Tom Jones version where he appears to be the devil with a woman in a cage.  This video really exasperates the meaning behind the song.

But Josef, what about the time Buddy the Elf sang it in the hit movie “Elf”?

Seriously.  He is in a woman’s change room while a girl is taking a shower.  Not cool Will Ferrell, even by your standards of comedy.  Probably the number one reason I don’t like this film.

The song itself has always bothered me.

  • Lady wants to go home
  • Dude keeps trying to put the moves on her
  • She says no
  • His pride is hurt, but he insists
  • She gives in to shut him up

Unfortunately, this is what society is teaching people what to do and how to act.  Granted the song was written in 1944 and starts innocently enough:

I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)

I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)

So it’s cold outside and it sounds like genuine concern from the guy until a few bars later:

Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)

I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)

WOAH NOW!  What’s in her drink?  She’s clearly saying no to his advances.  But further on in the song she gives up:

At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)

You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)

But don’t you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)

The poor female in this song is facing pressure to fulfill this guy’s needs.  He is still playing the scoundrel right up until the end:

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)

At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)

I don’t like this song.  Never have.  It really bothers me that so many artists think of it as a great duet as well.  

Last year Fun or Die nailed this song perfectly.  Have a watch and see what it is about that song that bugs me:

Funny Or Die: Baby It’s Cold Outside