If you ended up to go entire Billy On The Avenue and begin running up to strangers on the streets of some random American town to request them to identify a Christmas music, you’d most likely get a fairly wide variety of responses. (Really do not do this, people, it getting a pandemic and all.) But it’s also most likely that the folks who did not tell you to get the hell away from them with that microphone would title a song from in advance of 1950. That, or they’d say “All I Want For Xmas Is You,” which is fully comprehensible.
So why is it that, when Mariah Carey’s not involved, modern Christmas tunes are likely to vanish from our collective cultural consciousness more rapidly than all those little peanut butter Reese’s trees? Unsurprisingly, nostalgia has a great deal to do with it.
This explainer from Cheddar breaks down the increase of secular Christmas music, from Irving Berlin’s inspiration for “White Christmas” to the inclusion of songs from the likes of The Waitresses and, yes, Mariah in the Xmas canon. It acknowledges the psychological and contextual layers included, as effectively as the intricacies of the recorded audio sector. It is a lot, but the online video breaks it down obviously and engagingly. Well worth your time. Now go ahead and make your arguments for the seasonal contributions of artists like Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child in the reviews. We did our personal version of that in a recent Stock.
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