When I hopped in the car to fetch my tween from school this afternoon, my ears were assaulted by the sounds of Christmas music blaring from the radio.
“Sleigh bells ring. Are you listenin’?”
No! No, I am not listening. I am turning the station.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday season. I’ve been known as a bit of a holiday freak. I’m the kind of nut that’s actually worn a jingle bell necklace and okay, fine, I admit it, I have antlers. (Those are especially fun after a few spiked egg nogs.) Point is, I love the winter holidays and the accompanying music. But it is not time yet. It is not winter. It is firmly fall. I feel badly for the fall holidays that get the shaft – poor Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
In fact, this morning my daughter’s school put on a wonderful Veterans Day program honoring family and friends who have served our nation. My tween is in the band and choir, so we’ve had lots of patriotic music in our home of late.
When complaining about the holiday music, a friend suggested a Veterans Day radio station. BRILLIANT! Take that, holiday tunes! We’re going to musically express gratitude first.
Suggested play list for the Veterans Day radio station that does not exist:
- America the Beautiful
- Battle Hymn of the Republic
- My Country Tis of Thee
- Thank You Soldiers
- Stars & Stripes Forever
- U.S. Air Force Song
- Anchor’s Aweigh
- The Army Goes Rolling Along
- Semper Paratus (Coast Guard)
- Marine’s Hymn
- This Land is Your Land
- Yankee Doodle
- You’re a Grand Old Flag
- God Bless America (Kate Smith version, please)
And really, that should be enough. It feels like the radio stations just play about that same number of holiday tunes over and over for 6 weeks.
Get in line, Christmas carols, and wait your turn.
What songs did I leave out? What would you play for a Thanksgiving station?