Christmas Music?

It’s been Christmastime for quite a while now and so naturally I think we have all heard our fair share of Christmas music for the year. Now I like Christmas music. I like the Christian spiritual type, I like the upbeat secular type, I like the Santa type, I like old songs and I like new songs. All in all Christmas music can be great, but what I can’t understand is why musicians have to but their heads in and ruin the music. You’re probably wondering how that makes any manner of sense at all, well let me explain myself.

There are certain songs that are, how shall we say, iconic. These songs have been heard and sung by everyone under the sun. We know them, and we love them. These are songs like “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.” As it turns out there is something about musicians that dictates that at least once in their career must needs do a Christmas CD and as it turns out most of these musicians are not creative enough to write their own songs, so they sing the old favorites. Now there would be absolutely nothing wrong with this, because who doesn’t want to hear their favorite artist sing their favorite Christmas songs, but why is it that these musicians, who may write good music normally, have to absolutely butcher these songs.

Where is it written that they have to somehow “make the song theirs?” Now I understand they’re just trying to make it fit with their style of music but if its a song that doesn’t fit into your style of music – WRITE YOUR OWN. I’m tired of hearing crappy renditions of wonderful songs just because some moron musician thought it would be a great idea to put a little flair into it. Yes I’m looking at you Elvis. He’s certainly not the only one, in fact far from it, but he is a good example because his entire Christmas CD is absolutely terrible all because he made great songs sound horrible by putting them in his “style.”

Please, please if you ever decide to become a musician and ever decide to do a Christmas CD let me just give you a little hint: If Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or Nat King Cole has already sung the song, then either don’t bother or for goodness sake do the song justice and no adding in your own flavor of melisma does not count as doing the song justice in fact it counts as reason to stop singing altogether because contrary to popular belief it (a) does not sound good and (b) does not mean you’re a good singer because you can do it. I think ultimately we’d just plain be better off if singers would just get the rights and put the Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or Nat King Cole versions of their songs straight on their CD instead of making our ears bleed with their own atrocities. Please just go home, learn how to sing, or create something creative – plenty of musicians can actually do that after all.

Introducing: Handsome Tom

Over the past few days I’ve been arguing with myself as to whether or not I should write a  welcome message or just jump right into the thick of things with a real post. It seemed somehow that introducing myself to people, who for the most part, already knew me was superfluous yet here I am doing exactly that. Perhaps one day when this blog has spanned out to readers we do not know that this will serve to them as their introduction to me. Hopefully that will not cause them to immediately turn away from the site.

I have been blogging since late 2003 and for better or worse everything that I have written is out there for all to read. I can most certainly look back and realize what a horrible writer I have been on some occasions and yet notice eloquence on others and let us all hope that throughout my endeavors on I will lean more toward the later.

What can you expect from me here that you didn’t get on Well for starters I’m going to update more often. This coupled with the fact that there are two other authors means regular updates for this site which can only be a good thing. What I will be updating about is another thing altogether. My old site was a hodge podge of anything and everything that I felt like writing. Here I will be sticking to some staple topics and hopefully not straying too far from any of them.

The main topic that I will discuss that the other two authors will not is politics and current events. Now don’t worry this doesn’t mean I’ll be shoving Hillary vs. Obama or Romney vs. Giuliani down your throats or anything but I will be giving commentary on events currently taking place and how they fit into the world we live in and more specifically how I think we should look at these events. Yes, they will be opinion pieces so please feel free to disagree with me. I love a good discussion and I love seeing the thoughts of different people with competing viewpoints. It makes for good reading.

Secondly I will probably spend a lot of time writing in such a way that could be considered ranting. I use to call my old site the “Rantings of a Lord of the Rings Fanatic” and that is because I will often notice a given topic that needs discussing and spend some time discussing it. I plan on continuing this trend although probably with less fervor than I have in the past.

Finally I will definitely spend some time writing movie reviews. Dan has mentioned that he would like to do this as well and I welcome that, however, we will both likely not agree on every film or watch every film so we can probably tag team this effort without any trouble. I personally want to make this an entire section of the site that users can go to, to see what we recommend, but we’ll see if and when that happens.

The long story short is that I write far more than I need to and is here to stay. We look forward to you reading what we have to say and letting us know what you think.