Merry music magic

Thaddeus Bergschneider, Staff Writer

The Christmas season has begun! Stores have put up decorations and Christmas shopping is in full swing. Some people have already put up their Christmas trees and pulled out the stockings. But the big questions remain: Should the seasonal music start now with everything else? What Christmas music do we play? 

Mr. Koehler thinks seasonal music should not be played yet. Even though he sings worship at Waverly Baptist Church and enjoys Christmas music, he says there is a certain period of time it should be played. “Not before Thanksgiving. It’s the time and place for it. I like to get Thanksgiving done, and then after Thanksgiving it’s Christmas time.” Mr. Koehler likes to listen to classical or Christian Christmas music in general, not favoring any certain songs or artists. 

Cole Delaney, however, has unique songs on his Christmas playlist. “Usually its rap remixes of classic stuff,” Delaney says. Among those songs, a specific one sticks out for Delaney. “Snoop Dogg, when he does Jingle Bells–that hits different,” he explained. Delaney still makes time for the classics, especially when putting up the Christmas tree and decorations with his family. These songs include “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Come All Ye Faithful.” 

Franklin’s athletic director, Mrs. Slaughterback, also has some specific music that puts her in the holiday mood. “Straight No Chaser, Pentatonix, and probably the best Christmas CD of all time–NSYNC. If you have not heard the NSYNC Christmas CD you have not lived life.” Amongst all the songs that she loves, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” stands out in a special way. Mrs. Slaughterback’s husband, Josh, proposed to her with that song playing in the background.  “Before he handed it [the present] to me he went over and turned the song on. As I go to open up the present, I saw a ring box and I slammed it back shut. When I did that he got down on one knee and opened the ring box up.”

Christmas music is soundwaves created from physical things: voiceboxes, strings, wood, and metal. Yet, it is a creator in that it consists of memories of decorated Christmas trees, sugar cookies, and stockings on the fire. It’s mistletoe kisses, babies held close, and knowing smiles with children going wild with excitement on December 25. It’s whatever you want it to be. It’s magic.