It’s Christmas music time at the radio station we listen to at work. You’d think this would be pleasant, and initially it was.
However, it became clear after only three and a half hours that we’re in for a long holiday season.
There are hundreds of Christmas carols out there. Very few of them are too religious to play on a secular station. Dozens of artists (including some very classy ones like Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and Pink Martini) have covered them. But no, we’re getting re-runs of tacky, cheesy covers of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” hour after hour.
These counts were taken during the three and a half hours we actually listened to the radio today, excluding the hour I was away for lunch. Around quarter to two, the following this conversation occurred:
Boss: “It’s great having Christmas music! It’s so cheerful!”
Me: “It is, but this is the third time they’ve played this song today.”
Boss: “Oh, really? Find a new station. It’s okay. I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving anyway.”
I’m sure we’ll be back to 103.3 in a few weeks, but not until their playlist gets a little more variety than this:
Carol of the Bells: 3
Jingle Bell Rock: 4
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: 4
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas: 3 (two of those separated by only one song)
Sleigh Bells: 2 (the same version twice in two hours)