16 Dec 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
Yep, it’s that time of year again. You know...lots of shopping, wishing for snow and – most of all – listening to all of that great holiday music. Every station on the radio is playing some sort of Christmas music, whether its 24/7 Christmas songs or just one per hour. Go to your favorite store or even your favorite restaurant. It’s everywhere, isn’t it? The sound of Christmas is in the air.
Here’s a Christmas wish. I don’t mean to sound like Scrooge, but I wish there were more modern-day, listening-worthy Christmas songs.
Really, we have spent years enjoying our favorites such as the Temptations’ versions of “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and others. We have also enjoyed such hits as Donnie Hathways’ “This Christmas” and The Jacksons’ “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
But what happens when the listener can no longer identify with those songs? Does Christmas become less meaningful? Will there ever be any new songs that have as much of an impact as those songs did?
The most recent “original” Christmas song that I can readily think of is Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight’s “Let It Snow.” And as a radio personality, I’m a witness that we have put some serious miles on that song. (lol)
But right off hand, can you think of a Christmas song that is more recent than “Let It Snow” – one that really makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? I can’t and you probably can’t either.
While we consider the Christmas songs that we all know and love to be timeless, are they really as timeless as we think they are? Will my grand children look forward to hearing “This Christmas?” Will they wanna listen to Christmas music by the Jacksons when they grow up?
Here’s a challenge to today’s artists...get into the Holiday spirit. Go write a great song. Record and release it and create some new holiday standards. The future of Christmas could very well be in your hands!
Ok, maybe it’s not that serious, but you get my point, right?
Neo Soul & Jazz Jingle
El Mac and Strickly Jazz Entertainment presents Neo Soul & Jazz Jingle at the Westin at 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., across from the FedExForum. The event will be in the lobby and the Bleu restaurant beginning at 9 on Christmas night and going until 2 a.m. There will be drink specials and live music by Will Graves and Soul. For more information, you can hit El Mac up on Facebook.
‘If Scrooge Were A Brother’
If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the great plays at the Hattiloo Theatre, this is a great time to get by and check out “If Scrooge Were a Brother.” The musical is an “urban” spin of Charles Dickens’ Classic “A Christmas Carol.” It tells of sour and stingy Eb Scroo’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. It plays through Christmas Eve. For more details, just go to Hattlioo.org.
From Wrags to Ritches
Don’t forget to check out “Wrags to Ritches” at the Cannon Center on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. It’s a story of domestic violence, teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse and dark family secrets, all of the ingredients for a compelling and intriguing stage play. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call Sharon Coleman at 901-525-1645.
Soulful Christmas Celebration
Join Brown Baptist Church on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18 for a Soulful Christmas Celebration, featuring Kathy Taylor, Earnest Pugh and Angela Spivey.
The shows will be at the church at 980 Stateline Rd. in Southaven. The Dec. 16 show starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30. The Dec. 18 show starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30. For more information, visit the Brown Baptist Church website at brownbaptist.org.
PARTING SHOT: I’m finally gonna start my Christmas shopping soon. Wish me luck. I’ll be sure to share the details of my adventure. Until then, that’s what’s happening.
(If you have an event that you’d like for me to cover or attend, send me an email at Myron@whatshappeningmyron.com!)