Dear Holiday Music Progammers,
That time of year is almost upon us and you're all breaking out the music you only get to play once a year (except for the year round Holiday music stations; you're exempt from this discussion, go have some egg nog and recharge the batteries for your light up Rudolph noses). The thing is this. Do you see the date up there? It's November 16th, a full week before Thanksgiving. I know, I know, the only real Thanksgiving song you can play is "Simple Gifts" but you'd tie your brain in a knot choosing between the Jewel version and the Judy Collins version. I certainly won't argue that it's more fun to go from playing "Thriller" once an hour to Harry Connick, Jr., without stopping. My case of Rushingtheseasonitis is mild but, hey, I'll cop to it.
However, there's this one little problem that I'm having and that's "Another Auld Lang Syne." There are four holidays between now and New Year's. Four. It's like playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" on Valentine's Day because the 4th of July is coming. Plus, I really, really, really hate that song. Like really. More than I can possibly express. When it comes on I'm reduced to either turning it down and keeping rough time so my ears don't bleed or turning it off entirely. If you really need a depressing Dan Fogelberg song can't you play...wow, I can't think of a Dan Fogelberg song I could actually recommend there.
Anyway, I hope you'll take my letter into consideration as you plan your Holiday 2011 playlists. I'd really hate to have to take this up with one of the Guitar Gods. GG George Thorogood still owes me one.
PS: I've attached the Allison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma version of "Simple Gifts" to save you the effort of choosing. You're welcome.