Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Glee, Band Aid, Alvin and the Chipmunks

When I was a little girl, I loved singing the song “Christmas Don’t Be Late” from the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Special-- in my best chipmunk voice. Repeatedly. While loudly encouraging my little brother and sister to join in.

Needless to say, this became a Christmas song that my parents have strictly banned to this day.

When I grow up and become a mature adult and have children, the Christmas song that I will ban from my house will be Band Aid's 1984 fundraise for Africa, “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

Tonight on Glee, the Glee Club performed the song at a homeless shelter. The song is also available on the Glee Christmas album, and is available for download on iTunes.

Some favourite lines:

“And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom”
followed by:

“And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life.
Where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow”

And my personal favourite:

“Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears”

No, Glee, no!  Do you really have to perpetuate the myth that the African continent is a dry wasteland of doom? And encourage North American youth to grow up believing that Africa is a hopeless continent full of helpless people waiting around for white people to send them food?

I am pretty sure I have never heard any chimes of doom in Africa.

And so what if there is no snow? Same deal for Mexico, Australia, Spain—and I’ll take it!

 And the whole no rivers thing? Well, there’s at least one that’s kind of hard to miss. It is called the Nile. It begins in Uganda and flows up through countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sudan.
Disclaimer: IMHO Glee stopped being a good show to watch about a season and a half ago. The reason I was watching it today was because of the extra time on my hands due to delightful Christmas break. Honest!

Any thoughts? What Christmas carols have you banned from your house? (Or have you been banned from singing?)


Duncan McMonagle said...

I have banned all Elvis Christmas music. Except Blue Christmas, of course.

Anonymous said...

I would think that working retail during your school break would make all Christmas songs tiring for you by now........