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Bah Humbug

Radio station WNIC-FM here has been playing Christmas music since the beginning of November. NOVEMBER! They've done this for years now, holiday music 24/7 for eight miserable weeks. Why do they think we want to hear that in early November? On my own, I can avoid it—I don't listen to that station anyway, on account of it being so mushy with middle-of-the-road love songs. But some stores and restaurants are playing that station too, so you can't escape it. At dinner last night, I overheard two other patrons (from different groups) complain about it.

It's insane. It doesn't make me think of happy times around a fireplace with family. It makes me think of the pressure to BUY BUY BUY BE HAPPY DAMMIT BUY BUY BUY. Do they have any idea how hard the holiday season is going to be for people here? Then why should we be reminded of it when we haven't even bought the Thanksgiving meal yet?

To WNIC: Just stop it. Stop it already. Let's get through November first, all right?

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ferndalealex
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I do tune in occasionally for the music...in the car. But I do wish we could at least get through Thanksgiving before being drowned in this.
songdogmi
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
One tune every hour or two after 11/15 wouldn't be so bad.

And don't even get me started about this one: There's a new "adaptation" of Pachelbel's Canon in D with an angelic boys choir singing most of the parts. I think they're singing "Merry Christmas" over and over again. I couldn't really tell because I was too busy gagging on my sandwich.
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songdogmi
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
You'd think anything with blood-offerings and severing bits would appeal to Amurrikans, but maybe we sublimate our desires into American-rules football instead....

Me, I'd be tempted to try to come up with the annoying jingles. It's hard to come up with jingles for Christmas, because all the good ones (e.g., "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer") are done already.
animist
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
"Let's see... what will bring people to the mall to spend money here instead of buying things online? I know... let's blast all sorts of annoying jingles!" I never could understand that. Maybe the theory is that next year we will want to start our shopping earlier, before the damn jingles start blaring out everywhere. I know I certainly have made that resolution.
songdogmi
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I'd rather shop online. That way, I can listen to Christmas music, or I can listen to Nirvana or Mahler or Hank Williams if I want to—Or all three! As for shopping early, I always say I'm going to do that, but not even the allure of a carol-free shopping experience is enough to get me started much before December 10, unfortunately.
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