Christmas music VI: Awards quickies
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Best anti-materialist joke: A child, a child, shivers in the cold /let us bring him silver and gold.
Laziest ending: He will bring us goodness and light is like saying Jesus is “nice”
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Best exhortation: Join the triumph of the skies!
Worst contraction: heav’n
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Most metal: Only carol to mention the power of Satan
Most awkward construction: did nothing take in scorn
O Come All Ye Faithful
My strongest endorsement: I adore every line.
Sketchiest reason: Probably because I associate it with tripping.
Joy to the World
Best duet: Heaven and nature
Most pointless gendering: Let Earth receive her King.
Mary Did You Know
Clearest theology of the Incarnation: This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you elegantly sums up the dual nature of Christ. The last line hammers that point home by naming this infant the Ground of All Being.
Most disappointing: A song of such chill-inducing brilliance shouldn’t have so many lazy half-rhymes.
Most interesting shepherd behavior: quaking
Clunkiest line: With the dawn of redeeming grace never fits the meter.
Carol of the Drum
Best expression of solidarity: I am a poor boy too
Cleverest use of filler: PA RUM PUM PUM PUM
O come, O come, Emmanuel
Most historical: Puts Jesus in the context of the Jewish people in exile.
Least chill: Kind of a dick move to sing around actual Jewish people.
Mary’s Boy Child
Most skeptical: …or so the Bible say, making it the only carol to question the reliability of the source text.
Silverest lining: Nothing else in this song is interesting enough to dislike.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Proposed strength : The shift to a minor key in the last stanza probably works well.
Research difficulty: Never made it to the last stanza, fell asleep at harps of gold.
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