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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Welcome 2012 Virtual Advent Tour Visitors!

Hi everyone, 
I was a last minute shopper this year. Actually, that's not true. That was done a month ago (na, nah, na, na, nah). I was, however, late to sign up for the Virtual Advent Tour. And subsequently late to find out if the wonderful organizers, Kailana and Marg, could squeeze me in. When I finally did hear, I'd already had a lot of Christmas posts up, and more scheduled to go. On that note, feel free to look over the rest of the ol' blog. I've already posted some Christmas book and short story reviews this month and I contemplated the problem with Rudolph. Plus, I've got more Christmas stuff coming up over the next few days so be sure to check back.

In the meantime, I thought we could talk about this trend:
 

I'm talking about musicians who just take one of their older songs and stick Christmas in it, presumably to cash in. I say it harsher than I actually feel. I love cheesy stuff at Christmas, and it's the one time of year they can get away with it. How do you feel about it? Know any other examples that I've missed?

It got me thinking. What other songs would I like to hear Noëlified? Here's a wish list. Shudder away:

1. Sweet Child O' Christmas - Guns N' Roses
2. You Oughta Snow - Alanis Morissette
3. Enter Santa- Metallica
4. Pour Some Eggnog On Me- Def Leppard
5. How Soon is Christmas? - The Smiths
6. Smells Like Christmas Spirit - Nirvana
7. Santaclaus- Beastie Boys
8. The Dope Snow- Marilyn Manson
9. Wake Me Up Before You Ho Ho- Wham!
10. Runaway Sleigh- Soul Asylum

And then, I thought, why stop with songs. What if authors rewrote their some of their best known works to inject a little holiday spirit:

1. Santa's Verses- Salman Rushdie
2. The Giftslinger- Stephen King
3. The Life of Mince Pi- Yann Martel
4. The Old Man and the Tree- Ernest Hemingway
5. On the Roof- Jack Kerouac
6. Anne of Red and Green Gables- Lucy Maud Montgomery
7. Jingle Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
8. Portrait of an Elf as a Young Man- James Joyce
9. Silas' Manger- George Eliot
10. The (Free) Shipping (on Orders Over $25) News - E. Annie Proulx

I'd love to hear you ideas in the comments! (Unless your idea is, "you suck, never do these again.")

Also, be sure to check out Lu's and Alexandra's Advent Tour Posts today at Regular Ruminations and the Sleepless Reader respectively.

Cheers,
John

12 comments:

Marg said...

Ha! Fun post! I will have to give it some thought during the day to see if I can come up with some Aussie songs that I can do this to.

Thanks for your contribution to the tour this year, and sorry again that your link wasn't originally included.

John Mutford said...

Marg: Looking forward to some Aussie tunes. Santaclaus Blonde? Bells are Burning?

John Mutford said...

Or "Can't Get You Out of My Sled"?

(Okay, I'm trying to stop, really I am)

Marg said...

Oh, I like Can't Get You Out of My Sled. It has automatic earworm value as well!

Joy said...

I love the sub-plot in the movie Love Actually about this.

Fun post.

John Mutford said...

Joy: I've never (actually) seen Love Actually. An older trend than I'd thought apparently.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

LOL! Enter Santa - hilarious!

John Mutford said...

Julia: Funny thing is, you could actually keep some of the lyrics in tact. Though you'd just have to change one line to "take my hand/ we're off to winter wonderland."

Ordinary Reader said...

- A Christmas Tree Grows In Brooklyn
- The Sound and The Flurries

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Does seem like a bit of a trick, doesn't it?!

John Mutford said...

Ordinary Reader: Both great, but I love The Sound and the Flurries. Hilarious.

Deb: Yeah, sort of like cheating.

Kailana said...

How fun! A very creative addition. :)