COLUMN WRITTEN BY KEN KOLASINSKI
So is it just me or does it feel like it gets earlier and earlier each year?
Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. If you were at just about any retail establishment at the tail end of October, you had to have noticed. Walking through a store with Liam, I saw him stop, head tilt up, eyes focus on something in the distance before he slowly looked at me and said “Daddy…”
What had caught his attention and literally halt him in his tracks?
What day was it? Oct. 29.
We hadn’t even hit Halloween yet and we were hearing about Frosty’s exploits. Liam was still wearing shorts. Even at his young age, untouched by the spell cast by advertisers and commerce and retail, his logic was flawless. How can you play Christmas music when you haven’t celebrated Halloween yet, he queried. More importantly, he added, “Are we skipping right over Thanskgiving?”
Try explaining the rationale of holiday music in October to a 7-year-old. I might as well have tried to detail the strategies of test match cricket while I was at it. We kept coming back to the same roadblock — “But Daddy, we haven’t even gotten to Halloween!”
Right you are, my son.
I keep saying in this space I don’t want to be one of those fathers who shakes his fist defiantly and says “In my day…” but do you remember when holiday music was something you enjoyed, something that actually signified the start of the season? I guess I forgot that the season now starts right around the time of the World Series.
By the time whatever holiday you celebrate does roll around in December, chances are you’re so tired of Mariah Carey warbling about all she wants for Christmas or so desensitized to any dreams there being no place like home for the holidays, you’ve pretty much tuned out all that is the music of the season.
In another store Liam pointed out a group of employees taking down Halloween decorations as another group was putting up holidays lights and ornaments. What was playing? John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas”!
Hey, that’s an all-time great, an immortal song, but I don’t want to hear it until there’s at least a threat of snow. OK, I’ll even settle for temperatures in the low 50s. Just not Lennon saying it’s Christmas and already asking me “what have I done?”
What have I done?! Well, I was putting sun block on my son just a couple days ago and saw baseball season come to a close too. Neither felt very “Christmasy” or especially merry.
Liam and I made a deal that we wouldn’t listen to any holiday music until we’d watched “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and we’re not watching that until right around Thanksgiving when you’re supposed to see it.
Until then we’re setting the iPod on shuffle and listening, laughing and singing along like we always do and letting the holidays approach us naturally.
HELLO, GOODBYE: … I wanted to say “That didn’t take long!” but the official lifespan of Beady Eye lasted about five years before Liam Gallagher announced via Twitter last month that the group was no more. For those who somehow managed to miss it — and it wasn’t that hard with the lack of promotional support on this side of the Atlantic — Beady Eye released a pair of underrated albums, 2011’s “Different Gear, Still Speeding” and “BE” from last year as well as a ton of quality B side tracks, but couldn’t quite find that solid foothold to break through completely.
I don’t quite get it. They managed to avoid sounding like Oasis, even though, the band was made up of 3/5s of the final Oasis lineup. They made smart, clever, relevant, melodic “Beatlesesque” rock. Hearing some of the stuff that “makes it” on terrestrial and satellite radio, while Beady Eye went largely ignored, even with a recognizable voice like Gallagher’s, make me think I’m losing my touch…er…ear to pick out something good.
I’m curious to see what Liam Gallagher does next. It won’t be an Oasis reunion as brother Noel is prepping for the release of his second album with the High Flying Birds and will undertake an amibitious touring schedule that’ll carry him into 2016. Liam’s too good a singer, too charismatic a performer and too promising as a songwriter to stay inactive for long.
Still, a shame. R.I.P. Beady Eye. You truly deserved a better fate.
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