A week or so ago, Jayita and I were in some department store like Macy's or J.C. Penny or something (they all look/sound the same to me), and they'd already started doing the Christmas carol thing, and I heard one of these "experimental" renditions of "Silent Night" clatter out of the speakers.
Now, friends and enemies who know me well enough will testify without a flicker of hesitance that I'm a jazz fan. Hell, I've even tortured a few friends into attending an Ornette Coleman concert. But where I draw the line, is when you turn a mood-piece like Silent Night, into some allegro-1930's-it's-prohibition-so-all-I-can-do-is-swing number. I mean "Siiilent Niiiiight, ba boo be dee DAP pa DOO!" is just not kosher.
But maybe that's just me.
Tags: holidays, jazz, rant