The Christmas-filled Winter Tones

It’s the run up to Christmas and the streets of London have a busy feel around them. Everywhere you see happy shoppers, excited kids and equally excited grown men dressed up as Santa Claus. Whilst each year a slew of new artists and albums are released, one can’t help but wonder why the same old Christmas pop music plays everywhere year after year, with countless remakes reaching the summit of the UK Top 40 Musical Charts. Certainly the style of music has evolved over the last few decades, with the classically themed 1930’s Christmas tunes giving way to Jazz in the 1950’s, Swing and Big Band in the 1960’s, which led to Rock & Roll, finally culminating in Electronic Techno by the mid to late 80’s. A simple question: what next?

Whilst one cannot criticise shifting tastes and human creativity, I feel somewhat aggrieved that the simple magical stylings, so rich in creativity appear largely absent from the Christmas soundscape as happy shoppers surround me with their shopping bags and festive mood. Whilst new and innovative styles of music, such as Rap, R & B, DubStep and Drum & Bass, make up our yearlong listening, why do they remain largely absent from our Christmas music? More pertinently, why have recording artists not been capitalising on this rather glaring omission?

Call me old-fashioned, or perhaps not quite down with the kids, but I was rather excited when in 2003, the Darkness released a brilliant Christmas tune that nearly made the Christmas Number One. I’m certainly not criticising any of the 80’s music either, since those artists did an amazing job back at the time that has stood the test of nearly two decades and still going strong. I am just trying to make a simple point about the perennial lack of new music and innovation around this joyous and festive time. Furthermore, it feels like there is a dilution and loss of the wonderful values and traditions that make Christmas a time for peace, love and togetherness. It’s the good values that create a great society and wonderful people. Whilst the underlying Christian traditions behind Christmas have been largely replaced with our society’s overemphasis on commercialisation, is there a direct correlation between the simple creativity of the seasoned professional musicians and its replacement with ‘X Factor’ like instant gratification of novices craving 15 minutes of fame? Perhaps I love a good simple melody which despite its simplicity, oozes style, warmth and creativity, and can be easily hammered out on a lovely grand piano.

Have you listened to a good Christmas tune lately? What are your favourite Christmas memories or melodies? Please share your views and opinions in the Comments. And from everyone at AMH Piano Tuning have a great Christmas and very best wishes for the Holiday.
Merry Christmas from AMH Pianos

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Andy Howard

I am Andy Howard (AEWVH Diploma, MAPTA). I started AMH Piano Services, as I wanted to provide a highly professional piano tuning service to the Greater London area. I completed a three year course at The Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford, in 1992; being awarded a credit in the AEWVH Diploma in Piano Tuning/Technician. I have worked for pianists at all levels, from beginners to professionals. I tune for recording studio’s and theatrical music companies, music teachers, professional musicians, going anywhere the music takes me. I work alongside other industry professional to provide a full spectrum piano service.

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  2. I really enjoyed listening to “The Darkness – Christmas time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
    I have also wondered why there are no Christmas offerings from the more modern pop genres such as drum and base, and wrap etc. Could it be that nothing has happened Christmas-wise that has made these artists want to write anything? Perhaps their record labels don’t think their style of music would be commercially viable, although it is mostly what I hear coming from car sterios as I walk about.
    I like The Poags Christmas Song, a bit hard to hear the lyrics in parts though …
    I’d also like to share a piece of music with you, it isn’t exactly Christmas music, but I loved it when I first heard it. It’s called “It’s snowing on my piano” it has a quiet accompaniment of bells to the piano piece, very atmospheric

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