FIFTY DAYS OF ‘MERICA-MAS
Honorable mention to Tony Wolf for “The Indiana Christmas Song.” There’s no Indiana in it, but there is humor that moved me to the depths of my stockings. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Booby Prize goes to “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana,” a children’s song about waiting for Santa. If you don’t recognize it, it’s a selection from A Christmas Story–The Musical. It was nommed for a Tony and got good reviews… but come on guys! This is not how to run The Great White Way! Retreads of mediocre classics with unimaginative wordplay blows egg nog!
Runner up goes to Bob and Tom fast and loose with derogatory references in “If Santa was a Hoosier.” Humorful ho-downery.
How ’bout an honorable mention for some authentic kids’ Christmas music? Dierdre Jenkins (from Christmas Across America) gets silly with “Hoosier Gonna Kiss for Christmas.” The orchestration adds a theatricality to the fun, though those oboes are creeping me out–like this really is some weird mystery we need to solve: “Who?” “Who is kissing whom?” I gotta know!
My main Holiday Award Holder is Straight No Chaser’s “Indiana Christmas.” These guys were a glee club at Indiana University and someone dropped a video of their “12 Days of Christmas” on the ‘tube (nearly 10 years after they made it) which led to record deals and tours. Notes sharp as icicles, harmony warm as loved ones snuggled up to the hearth, the message as merry as it is melancholy… Call me a fan.