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PastryGoddess

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #975 on: December 10, 2013, 10:44:46 AM »
I'm doing a short term event in a mall for the holidays.  If I never ever hear X-mas music again, it will be too soon.  Although I will say that they do mix it up by doing short bursts of x-mas music and then do top 100 pop songs

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #976 on: December 10, 2013, 12:49:53 PM »
This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on.  It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.

It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off.

First off, this is my ninth season of holiday retail hell, and I am completely and utterly sick of holiday music. we have the most deity-awful versions of some songs. One of the most memorable was last year's 18 minute (Yes, I timed it) jazzy, vocal and instrumental version of 'My Favorite things" And when, pray tell, did that become a HOLIDAY song? then again, I've never seen the SOM, so perhaps it is, and I just don't know it.

we have some real doozies "Do you Want to Spend Christmas on Christmas Island" "Ring the Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)", "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree", several verisons of Felice Navidad, and several versions of "Santa Baby"

That being said, I generally prefer the traditional versions of most songs. i can and will still listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd i have, of Christmas music.

And finally, we too have some deity-awful versions of some headbanger music in my store. a jazzy rendition of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" and some others. Just awful.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #977 on: December 10, 2013, 12:54:56 PM »
See, I don't really have a problem with Christmas music piped into the malls, etc.  BUT NOT THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN!  No wonder retail workers go mental this time of year.

If they started the first Sunday in Advent, or after US Thanksgiving, with playing a sound track with the odd Christmas song woven into regular music, then slowly increased the number of Christmas songs the closer it got to Christmas, it wouldn't be so bad.  This is what my local radio station does.  Then Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, it is all Christmas songs.
The local radio station that we usually listened to used to do that.  Now it's solid Xmas songs from the first week or so of November.  We are REALLY enjoying the satellite radio in our current car -- they keep the Xmas music to two channels, so that the regular channels continue to play their usual music, and we only listen to Xmas when WE want to.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #978 on: December 10, 2013, 01:08:03 PM »
My favorite Christmas music story.  I was working at Kohl's years ago and went into work on the 26th.  There was no Christmas music, some version of rock, short of rap.  I told my coworkers that the head honchos were on vacation.  I told them that the Muzak would return on January 2nd.  They thought I had an inside pal, when sure enough, elevator music returned.  We did enjoy the change of music for that week.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #979 on: December 10, 2013, 02:10:37 PM »
This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on.  It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.

It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off.

First off, this is my ninth season of holiday retail hell, and I am completely and utterly sick of holiday music. we have the most deity-awful versions of some songs. One of the most memorable was last year's 18 minute (Yes, I timed it) jazzy, vocal and instrumental version of 'My Favorite things" And when, pray tell, did that become a HOLIDAY song? then again, I've never seen the SOM, so perhaps it is, and I just don't know it.

we have some real doozies "Do you Want to Spend Christmas on Christmas Island" "Ring the Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)", "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree", several verisons of Felice Navidad, and several versions of "Santa Baby"

That being said, I generally prefer the traditional versions of most songs. i can and will still listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd i have, of Christmas music.

And finally, we too have some deity-awful versions of some headbanger music in my store. a jazzy rendition of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" and some others. Just awful.

Ah, yes, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They fill out my list of "approved" Christmas music, with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir, and Mannheim Steamroller. I love me some traditional choral music, and instrumental music. It's wonderful. Pop Christmas, however, just needs to go away.

Also, ninth retial holiday season? Oh, honey. I know you didn't ask for them, but ((hugs)). One was bad enough for me. One in a service industry attached to a retail store was nearly as bad. I'm so glad to be at a call center for a completely non-retail driven industry now. Much better with no music.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #980 on: December 10, 2013, 02:19:38 PM »
Love Straight No Chaser, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Loreena McKennitt's Christmas music. 
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #981 on: December 10, 2013, 02:28:48 PM »
This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on.  It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.

It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off.

First off, this is my ninth season of holiday retail hell, and I am completely and utterly sick of holiday music. we have the most deity-awful versions of some songs. One of the most memorable was last year's 18 minute (Yes, I timed it) jazzy, vocal and instrumental version of 'My Favorite things" And when, pray tell, did that become a HOLIDAY song? then again, I've never seen the SOM, so perhaps it is, and I just don't know it.

we have some real doozies "Do you Want to Spend Christmas on Christmas Island" "Ring the Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)", "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree", several verisons of Felice Navidad, and several versions of "Santa Baby"

That being said, I generally prefer the traditional versions of most songs. i can and will still listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd i have, of Christmas music.

And finally, we too have some deity-awful versions of some headbanger music in my store. a jazzy rendition of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" and some others. Just awful.

Ah, yes, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They fill out my list of "approved" Christmas music, with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir, and Mannheim Steamroller. I love me some traditional choral music, and instrumental music. It's wonderful. Pop Christmas, however, just needs to go away.

Also, ninth retial holiday season? Oh, honey. I know you didn't ask for them, but ((hugs)). One was bad enough for me. One in a service industry attached to a retail store was nearly as bad. I'm so glad to be at a call center for a completely non-retail driven industry now. Much better with no music.

Please take my share of the Mo Tab Choir.  Please.  I'm MTC'd completely out.  (I live here.)

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #982 on: December 10, 2013, 02:37:37 PM »
Am I the only one who is sick of  Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller?

For almost 20 years, my DH has tried to make that the default Christmas music in our home. After 5 years I hid the CD's but low and behold I was sabotaged by iTunes and mp3's. Now I just put my foot down and insist that after 2 hours of it, it's time to move on to something else. He no longer gives me grieve about Christmas Lullaby by Kim Robertson a harpist, but darn it I want to listen to my Bing Crosby Christmas music too.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #983 on: December 10, 2013, 02:41:34 PM »
I really don't like the old standard Christmas songs, especially those by the Carpenters, Anne Murray or country versions.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #984 on: December 10, 2013, 02:46:55 PM »
This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on.  It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.

It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off.

First off, this is my ninth season of holiday retail hell, and I am completely and utterly sick of holiday music. we have the most deity-awful versions of some songs. One of the most memorable was last year's 18 minute (Yes, I timed it) jazzy, vocal and instrumental version of 'My Favorite things" And when, pray tell, did that become a HOLIDAY song? then again, I've never seen the SOM, so perhaps it is, and I just don't know it.

we have some real doozies "Do you Want to Spend Christmas on Christmas Island" "Ring the Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)", "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree", several verisons of Felice Navidad, and several versions of "Santa Baby"

That being said, I generally prefer the traditional versions of most songs. i can and will still listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd i have, of Christmas music.

And finally, we too have some deity-awful versions of some headbanger music in my store. a jazzy rendition of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" and some others. Just awful.

Ah, yes, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They fill out my list of "approved" Christmas music, with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir, and Mannheim Steamroller. I love me some traditional choral music, and instrumental music. It's wonderful. Pop Christmas, however, just needs to go away.

Also, ninth retial holiday season? Oh, honey. I know you didn't ask for them, but ((hugs)). One was bad enough for me. One in a service industry attached to a retail store was nearly as bad. I'm so glad to be at a call center for a completely non-retail driven industry now. Much better with no music.

Cwm, I pretty much could have written that first paragraph.  Although I will also add Nat King Cole, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and a few others of that era.  And now that DH has sent me some proper Christmas CDs, I don't have to put up with pop.

I also survived only one retail holiday season, part-time at that.  The store had a tape, which they played over and over and over again.  It was bad enough during the evening shifts.  The 8-hour weekend shifts were sheer torture.  I don't know how the full-timers didn't go insane.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #985 on: December 10, 2013, 02:55:36 PM »
Am I the only one who is sick of  Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller?

For almost 20 years, my DH has tried to make that the default Christmas music in our home. After 5 years I hid the CD's but low and behold I was sabotaged by iTunes and mp3's. Now I just put my foot down and insist that after 2 hours of it, it's time to move on to something else. He no longer gives me grieve about Christmas Lullaby by Kim Robertson a harpist, but darn it I want to listen to my Bing Crosby Christmas music too.

I LOVE both of those, and it's not Christmas to me until I've heard MS's Carol of the Bells.

However, if that were ALL I were hearing, I'd go bonkers too. Some years ago, some friends put together some holiday music mix CD lists to swap. Based on those, I've got a nicely varied collection.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #986 on: December 10, 2013, 02:58:55 PM »
I very much appreciate the music at our favorite grocery store. When it's not Christmas, they play basically nice classical music (sometimes recognizable pieces, sometimes nothing I've ever heard before). During the Christmas season (which they begin after Thanksgiving, or at least not very much before), they play classical Christmas music. It's lovely.

I have no objection to Christmas song classics or pop Christmas music covers, at least in theory. But some of them are truly blights on humanity (and others are only tolerable, and only in small doses). And all music with lyrics gets tiresome after too much repetition. Classical music without words, even if it's an arrangement of a song that has words, is something that I think most people can tolerate for a lot longer.

I was really excited when I rediscovered a $100 iTunes gift card that I'd never used and which does not appear to expire. I bought myself $37 worth of Christmas music, so now I don't have to rely on the (rather terrible) radio station that plays it this time of year. Which is great, since in addition to playing largely Josh Groban and muzak, they also have WAY more advertising than any other station in this city, and really annoying DJs.


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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #987 on: December 10, 2013, 03:15:12 PM »
Am I the only one who is sick of  Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller?

No. You are most definitely not!
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #988 on: December 10, 2013, 03:21:51 PM »
Am I the only one who is sick of  Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller?

For almost 20 years, my DH has tried to make that the default Christmas music in our home. After 5 years I hid the CD's but low and behold I was sabotaged by iTunes and mp3's. Now I just put my foot down and insist that after 2 hours of it, it's time to move on to something else. He no longer gives me grieve about Christmas Lullaby by Kim Robertson a harpist, but darn it I want to listen to my Bing Crosby Christmas music too.

I LOVE both of those, and it's not Christmas to me until I've heard MS's Carol of the Bells.

However, if that were ALL I were hearing, I'd go bonkers too. Some years ago, some friends put together some holiday music mix CD lists to swap. Based on those, I've got a nicely varied collection.

Carol of the Bells is my favorite christmas song, but I rarely hear it on the radio. Maybe I should just buy it so I can listen to it a few times and then put it away.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #989 on: December 10, 2013, 03:23:26 PM »
Try this for something different.  The Piano Guys are great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n543eKIdbUI