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December 25, 2009

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Seth Watter

MP3s hosted on the WFMU space hopefully coming soon.

Your Shiksa

Merry Christmas, Scrooge.

Try Anonymous 4 for some Christmas music you can stomach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSHUwpTezK0&feature=related

s.w.

My shiksa?! I have to admit I've always wanted one, if only to irritate my parents. I guess Christmas isn't so bad after all.

Ralphine

Why do you subject us to this horrible cacophany?

Con

"Even with the glowing success of Western Christendom, its music has produced little of value; only now it is louder, aided by electric guitars and, more volatile, electric violins. One could make an argument for gospel, but even this is more the product of the African-American community than the white, Anglo-Saxon tradition I am referring to."

I agree with some of what you wrote, but not this. Why are black Americans outside of Western Christendom in a way?

I hope it is not because, in your worldview, there are good guys who can do no wrong (minorities of all stripes everywhere -- all on the same team, apparently) and then there are bad guys (White Christian Men, the evil Bourgeoisie), the people who ruin everything for everyone.

Richard Astley-Clemas

you friend ought to be subjected to a CD called CHRISTMAS OF LONG AGO.It consists of 78s made in the 1920s by mainly classical singers

Ivy

Your link doesn't work. I typed in the address into my browser to get to your file. Here's the link for those who don't want to type it in: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=T0YUK4H5

I agree with you that some Christian music is boring and awful. My roommates used to drive me nuts with Amy Grant records. I admire Christian groups with spirit and vision, like the Christian heavy metal group Stryper.

Thanks very much for posting these songs- they're great, and they make a good change from Hannukah novelty tracks. It's fun to listen to Jewish records in the long tradition of Jewish comedians parodying current hits, like Mickey Katz and Alan Sherman. Not all Jewish religious music is a pleasure to listen to however. My parents had a record called Passover Sedar with Jan Pierce. They used to play it every Passover and we had to sit through it- it was full of tracks of kids droning Dynanu and Pierce's explanations of each song. Oy!

s.w.

Re: Con--
Of course, African-Americans are part of the church tradition. But I would suggest that what makes their style of religious song so distinctive is precisely in the way it differs from the white, respectable, Anglo-Saxon mode of prayer. Obviously, no predominantly white church is going to belt it out on the pulpit like Rosetta Tharpe.

Re: Ivy--
Thanks for pointing that out. There should have been individual links anyway, but I don't have FTP access here yet and I assume the management is on holiday.

My intention was not to rile anyone up unnecessarily. T'was a mere bit of friendly roleplaying. I realize that to say, "Oh, I was only joking" is often used as a way to absolve oneself of guilt. All I can say is that I'm new on Beware of the Blog and would like to try various authorial voices as I find my footing here. In general, I hope no one comes to WFMU looking for good, honest, well-reasoned sociology but heavily biased and irrational slants on the world we live in.

Will S.

Are the Christian carols, like O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, etc., really all that sentimental, treacly and cloying, compared to secular ditties like White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, and Let It Snow? Which ones are you more likely to hear blasted at the mall these days, and which ones will get on your nerves faster? Oh, and by the way, those songs were written by YOUR people. (Who nevertheless, didn't seem to have a bee in their bonnet like you do, and didn't feel excluded or left out by Christmas.) Just so you know.

anon

lol what about bach

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