The Downside of Christmas Radio
One of the complaints that so many people have about Christmas music on the radio during the season is that it’s so repetitive. People seem to be tired of hearing the exact same songs incessantly–Bing’s White Christmas, Burl’s Holly Jolly Christmas, Andy’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Mariah’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, etc. And as great as those songs are, the Christmas music genre is full of so many other great chestnuts that people don’t get to hear.
Unfortunately, I don’t have my own radio station but I thought I would head to Spotify and see if I could program my own station using their library. They don’t have everything that I consider essential myself, but each year there’s more and more classic music available. So I spent a few days combing through their music and coming up with a mix of music that I thought would appeal to fans of FaLaLaLaLa.
It leans heavily toward classic music from the 1940s to the 1970s; classic crooners and divas, ‘beautiful music’ orchestras, ‘Now Sound’ vocal groups and combos. But I wanted some more variety so there’s some jazz, classic rock, a smattering of subtle electronica, some international flavor, etc. I wanted a balance of the nostalgic and familiar with a bit of the modern and unexpected. As I’ve listened to it over the past several days I feel like it’s a nice mix and even I’m surprised by a song now and then.
There are 3,636 songs on the playlist which makes for 171 hours and 19 minutes. So if you played it continuously you would have over 7 days of continuous music. This should provide you with plenty of music to get you in the spirit, without hearing the same versions over and over again, especially Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Yuck!).
Variety and Shuffle
While I did take some time to go through the 3,636 songs and give it a bit of order, there is bound to be
Share and Share Alike
I hope that you enjoy this mix of music and, if you do, I hope that you share it on social media. I’d love to know that lots of people are spending their Christmas with a mix that I created. And let me know what you think in the comments.