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From the Midway: It's the most wonderful time of the year

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The thing I like most about the Christmas Season is all the Christmas Music. For the past week I've been humming and whistling some of my all time favorite songs, much to the joy of people in my surrounding area, I suspect.

Most of the year you hear the same old thing playing on the radio and much of today's modern music just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe that's one of the signs that I'm getting older? I haven't yet yelled at a bunch of kids to turn that racket down, but I fear that time is close at hand.

But when Christmas time comes around it's been 11 months since I've heard that music. Sure, it's the same old songs, but I've already heard about seven different versions of the "Little Drummer Boy," many good and some not so good.

When was the last time you heard seven versions of any song (sure maybe when the Grateful Dead was still around, they could play a 40 minute version of "Truckin" seven nights a week, but that is different).

All and all, most Christmas music is happy, and shares the joy of the season. Even "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer" is a happy song about believing in Santa Claus.

The other thing about Christmas music that I like is the fact that about every artist seems to come out with a Christmas Album. Last year when I first heard that Bob Dylan was coming out with a Christmas Album, I thought someone was pulling my leg. But from what I've heard of that album it was pretty good.

I've never been much of a Country Music Fan but one thing I know is that Country Music and Christmas go together like spam and eggs. Some of the best Christmas song remakes come from Country artists.

But the best part of all of Christmas Music is seeing it performed live. Be it from a small group caroling or a couple of dozen people in a choir, it's always better live. Especially when little kids sing the songs.

These songs have been part of our lives since our very first Christmas and bring back memories of friends and loved ones. I don't get that same feeling from Lady Gaga (sorry Gaga).

Be it a parody of an old song or new one that will one day become a classic, Christmas Music touches us and binds us together. Who can ever forget where they were when they first heard "Dashing through the Snow in a Rusty Chevrolet," or "Jingle Bells" performed by a bunch of barking dogs. From the Mackenzie Brother to Alvin and the Chipmunks, these songs all try to bring us together.

So yes, these are the same old songs, but they're tried and true, and when an artist can take something old and make it new again, that's just true Christmas magic.

Maybe someday soon Lady Gaga will come out with a Christmas Album. I think she could do a top-notch version of "Silent Night."

As Bing Crosby once sang, "May all your days be merry and bright. And all your Christmases be white."

Merry Christmas to all of you.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway