Friday, November 30, 2007

Holiday Radio Rant

Can someone explain why the moment Thanksgiving Day arrives, radio stations decide it's time to dust off all the holiday CDs and torture listeners with every rendition of Little Drummer Boy they can dredge up?  From Rod Stewart to Barry Manilow to Mariah Carey to Madonna to Josh Groban (who happens to be the only singer who should be allowed to sing holiday songs), I can't tell you how many times I've gotten into my car in the last two weeks only to find myself being tortured by another version of "Santa Baby." 
It's not like I'm a Scrooge or anything.  In fact, I happen to enjoy a nice rendition of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" from time to time.  But if I have to hear one more Jewish crooner singing another Christmas tune, I'm going to hurl.  Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear Barry Manilow or Barbara Streisand for that matter belt out their own version of "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel?"  Sure the song is a little redundant, but maybe it's time for someone to spice up some Hanukah tunes so we can have some equal opportunity holiday radio play during the month of December.   
Just imagine going out for a leisurely drive on a crisp fall day with your family, you flip on the radio and the next thing you know, Hannah Montana is singing Hava Nagila.  Sure we still have the Adam Sandler Hanukah song that was a hit back in the 90's but other than that, no one has taken a stab at rocking out the festival lights like they do with Christmas.  So I say, let's give a shout out to some other holidays.  Hey - I'm sure there are some Kwanza songs that they can be playing on the radio.  And maybe, Barry Manilow can rediscover his roots, cook up a few latkes, gather around the Hanukah bush and entertain us with some festive jingles straight from the holy land.  And for those of you struggling to think of a Hanukah song that you can sing with your family, here's a tune that'll get you into that crazy eight day spirit.
Hanukah, oh Hanukah come light the menorah,
Blah, bi di blah, oh blah bi di blah, I sometimes read the torah,
Gather round the candles, but don't touch the flame,
I wish I knew the words to this song cause it now sounds kind of lame,
Oh who am I kidding.  I guess I'll be brushing up on my Menorah tunes along with Barry and Barbara.  Then again, maybe the three of us can record a new version of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.  If you can't beat 'em (or remember the words), then join 'em.
Happy Holidays!


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