As we spent most of the day painting, we entertained ourselves by arguing mildly about Pandora stations. After listening to the Willie Nelson, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, & Lumineers stations and a short trip to NPR, we settled on Christmas carols.
I know, I know. It's not even Thanksgivukkah yet and we're listening to Christmas carols. I'm making a concerted effort to not fight it this year. Every year I lament the encroachment of Christmas into the months preceding December. But these last few years, by the time I felt the Christmas Spirit, Christmas was over! So this year, I'm just going with the flow. I think carols before turkey is a problem, but they were enjoyable. I'll just let Santa know I started a little early when he marks the official start of Christmas shopping season at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
We didn't hear one of my favorites today, but I heard it the other day at work. One of my friend/coworkers is an elf in scientist's clothing and he's had the all-Christmas music radio station on since it began on November 1st. No comment.
The song is 1977's The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I have this vision of Bing taking a drag on his pipe, eyeing Bowie, and saying, "I have no idea who that dame is, and she's rough on the eyes, but she sings beautifully." If only Bowie had been in his full Ziggy Stardust getup for this Christmas special. Bing died shortly before the special aired and probably had no idea how beloved the song would become years later. It might be one of the most awkward duets of all time, but it's a beautiful song, written just hours before the special was filmed.