The irony of the big mix-up of JC’s birthday celebrated with gifts for everyone else in the world might miss the point of his martyrdom, but it’s sung with soul by Grace in Christmas as “A Gift on Your Birthday.” Think about that while you’re cussing out the mall parking lot.
I am trying to avoid seriously gospel sentiment here wherein songs about Christ’s birth are roof-raisers for our own spirits. You know, like “Christmas is a Birthday” bested with Spanish guitar and folk by Burl Ives. Or Judy Garland crooning/narrating “The Birthday of a King” to the big band.
On the other stigmata, Danni-Shannon works in the R+B so that “A Birthday Party for Jesus” is just that, an actual party. Thank you.
Dance off! Beedays are excellent excuses to party hearty. How could you not–for Jesus.
“Christmas Party!” is just what i’m talkin’ ’bout. Orange Kids’ Music rock the Christian message with repetitive empty words (make the loudest noise you’ve ever made). But the X-kids have a raucous anthem, at least.
2014’s Evil Wiener’s Christmas Album drops a number to trip the light fantastico with “All Around the World (Happy Birthday Jesus)” in which a certain godhead gets a special shout out from Santa Claus flying by. ‘Billy pop.
The birthday traditions include making a wish. What would Jesus wish for?
Since January 2009 Jonathan Mann has contributed to his Youtube channel ‘Song a Day,’ so there’s a lot to chew on there. Let’s focus on (no, not his rock opera based on Super Mario Brothers) his “Happy Birthday Jesus” Song #3988 which he has retooled once or twice and then dropped on his 2019 album Jewish Family Christmas Tree. Lessons to be learned, li’l ones, pay attention.
Since this is such a half-baked idea (others born on Xmas), we’ll spin out a week on Mr. Christ’s own observance. Many make hay with the Happy Birthday wishes for the Messiah. It’s the humorous concept of the banal contrasted against the divine. Har-de-har, God’s got armpits… like that.