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WHAT IS THE APPEAL?

I am never more deeply reminded of how little I understand other people as during the holiday season when people listen to albums of basic Christmas standards recorded by popular artists.

What's the appeal? Do you really get some pleasure out of insipid "Jingle Bell Rock" or whatever? Does Mariah Carey singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" actually stir something in someone? HOW? WHAT EVEN IS THAT PERSON? AM I A SPACE ALIEN, because to me that's like, "Why don't I chew on a plastic soda bottle?" It's not going to hurt you much, but what are you getting out of it? WHAT IS THE APPEAL?

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lisefrac
Dec. 21st, 2016 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really don't get it, either. But then, I am not very musically inclined, and there is much I just don't get about how people relate to it. (Like, how do you like a song without liking the lyrics?)
offside7
Dec. 21st, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
Christmas jingles are the worst part of this holiday as far as I'm concerned. For two solid months I can't avoid Jingle Bell Rock, All I Want for Christmas is You, etc. in every commercial establishment, on the radio... ugh.
khyros
Dec. 22nd, 2016 09:57 am (UTC)
So, aside from the fact that the specific recording of a song may have enduring significance to someone, if only as a reminder of a period of time in their life, I might theorize that there is an appeal of being able to sing along and/or some kind of common ground with the artist, even if they don't choose to sing at any given moment.
jducoeur
Dec. 22nd, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
Interesting question. I wonder if this is essentially a cultural touchstone -- a way for people to identify tribally on a subconscious level. In an increasingly diverse society, people pick up all sorts of things to be their myths and hymns...
laurion
Dec. 30th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about this for the past few weeks. Because, see, I very much enjoy Christmas music. I have a ton of it and always make a holiday playlist that starts getting played on 12/1 every year. But at the same time, I also often feel the same way about pop music covers. I think there is a boundary where the song crosses over and becomes more about the pop stylings or about the artist, and less a holiday song per se. Not that it isn't a holiday song, but that the ratios of the ingredients are wrong. The best analogy I have is Shakespeare and the theater. I rather enjoy seeing productions of Shakespeare (covers) even though the fundamental aspects are the same, because each new production can bring out something different or do something interesting. And yet, I don't find that I enjoy most movie versions of Shakespeare, either the ones that are a straight up film version of the play or those that are the storyline, but completely wrapped inside a different script, setting, context, etc. (pop covers) In large part this is because they often spend too much time indulging in what the medium of film is versus that of the theater, or spend too much time congratulating the director or script writer for being so clever for making a production of Shakespeare that isn't Shakespeare. I appreciate nuance and novelty, but not when it crosses over some invisible threshold.
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