||From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)
||I keep pointing out that I don't even like Christmas music.|
||"The First Noël (2017 Remix)"
||A Christmas Selection
||Somehow this hasn't kept it from being the single biggest periodic perturbance in my listening life,|
||and the world's, or at least the part of the world with Spotify,|
||"Little Drummer Boy"
||A Hollens Family Christmas Deluxe
||and thus my professional torment as well as my personal one.|
||Carly Rae Jepsen
||A 604 Records Christmas
||But I hate jazz, too, and it doesn't keep me from wanting Spotify jazz recommendations to be good for people who don't hate jazz.|
||"All I Want for Christmas Is You"
||So this year I made a thing to produce personalized Christmas-music playlists for people who demonstrated potential openness to this concept by listening to Christmas music on their own.|
||I had it produce one for me, too, even though I hadn't played any Christmas music because I don't even like Christmas music.|
||"Joy to the World"
||It worked, in the sense that it found me Christmas music in styles I like when they aren't used for Christmas music.|
||"Silent Night - Recorded at Blackbird Studios, Nashville"
||It failed in the sense that it was still cheerfully the kind of Christmas music I mean when I say that I don't even like Christmas music.|
||The things I don't even like about Christmas music transcend styles,|
||August Burns Red
||which is probably itself one of the things I don't even like about Christmas music.|
||"O Holy Night"
||But my regular globe-scouring robots that find me new songs I might like aren't programmed to care about Christmas music one way or the other,|
||"Julkort till Bäckvägen 7"
||so I got a lot of new Christmas music in the month or so before the holidays.|
||"Silent Night (Trilingual Version) [feat. Gustavo Guerrero & Lucas Taffo]"
||Won't Be Home 3
||Most of these songs were also the kind of music I mean when I say that I don't even like Christmas music.|
||"All I Want For Christmas"
||Vera Merry Christmas 3
||But not all of them.|
||"Merry Little Christmas"
||It is possible, of course, to make Christmas songs I can stand.|
||"Same Time Next Year?"
||Mostly, of course, this is done by making songs that are only nominally or tangentially Christmas-related:|
||"Happy Christmas John"
||metal with wintery lyric themes, Early-Music-esque a cappella, regular indie-pop songs about regular life at Christmas time,|
||"Angels We Have Heard On High"
||manic covers, anything where epic overwhelms cloying, clichés obscured from me by language foreignness,|
||"O Holy Night"
||anything that allows the ghosts of Christmas to be more haunting than costumed,|
||"Damn It Feels Good To Be A Santa"
||Damn It Feels Good To Be A Santa +1
||anything I would have laughed at in any month, although I kind of usually don't even like comic music, either.|
||"Mary's Boy Child"
||But I am happy, often joyful, not infrequently overjoyed, to hear songs of or about other people's cultural traditions,|
||The Spook School
||"Someone to Spend Christmas With"
||other people's heartbreaks,|
||I think all I really don't want is to be implicated implicitly.|
||"Joy to the World"
||I want to step into other people's oceanic joys of my own volition,|
||The Animal In Me
||"Not Too Old for the Holidays"
||Not Too Old for the Holidays +3
||not be vortexed into it by normative yuletide undertows.|
||I don't want to pretend that the Most Wonderful Time of Year doesn't participate in the rest of it.|
||"Deck the Halls"
||Festa Hårt 4
||I don't want to deck the halls, at least partly because I know I won't want to have to undeck them afterwards.|
||"Ô Viens, Ô Viens Emmanuel"
||From Spirits and Ghosts 4
||But none of this means I don't love you, or don't need a star of love above long winter nights, or don't see all the same ghosts hiding under those hats.|