December 5th, 2008


Asleep on a Sunbeam

Here's a music meme that I got from annamatic:

Put your music player on shuffle and answer the questions with the titles of the songs that come up in order.

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While I'm on the topic of music, I was thinking today of something that usually comes to my mind at this time of year, which is how many songs have come to fall under the umbrella of "Christmas music" even when they don't mention Christmas. Some of them are really just winter songs, like "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Sleigh Ride"...heck, even "Frosty the Snowman," although the cartoon worked Santa and Christmas into the narrative. I was thinking "O Tannenbaum" might be a song that only has Christmas content in English translation ("Tannenbaum" just means "fir tree," after all), but I looked up the German lyrics and they mention Christmas in one of the later verses. Even odder is how "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music gets played at Christmastime, when its original context has nothing to do with the winter holidays. Yeah, a few of Maria's favorite things include sleigh bells, snowflakes, and brown paper packages tied up with strings, but there are also a lot of un-winterish ones. And while I haven't confirmed this, my mom told me that "We Need a Little Christmas" (which is from Mame, I believe) was actually sung in the summer. So even though it IS about Christmas, it's kind of odd to play it in December.