Posts Tagged ‘sarah mclachlan’

Joie de Vivre: Christmas Music

One of the (many) great things about Christmas is getting the chance (and the social leniency) to listen to Christmas music. Like most Catholics and Christmasphiles and unlike most everyone else, I love Christmas music.

I understand the complaints about Christmas music. I even agree that, for the most part, it sucks. Like, nine out of 10 Christmas songs played on the radio and in malls and other stores are indefensibly terrible.* Nothing promotes lazier “creativity” in music than Christmas, with popular artists knowing that an album of a dozen shoddy covers of public-domain classics will sell tremendously, since everyone knows someone who likes Christmas music and thus thinks buying that person a Christmas CD is a great and thoughtful gift.

*To be fair, this isn’t much different from the usual ratio on the radio these days.

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Oh, Canada!: The Opening Ceremonies

The XXI Winter Olympiad opened last night in Vancouver, British Columbia with the unenviable task of following up on Beijing’s $100 million Opening Ceremony. With half the budget, the Canadians delivered more than their share of camp, laughs, and torch anxiety.

There wasn’t enough excitement around the event to really necessitate a Live Blog (this wasn’t the Opening Ceremony of the college basketball season), but there was enough for me to talk about retrospectively in bulleted, non-cohesive fashion.

  • The entire ceremony was held at BC Place, which is home to the CFL’s Lions and isn’t to be confused with GM Place, which hosts Canucks’ games and is, for these Olympics, being called “Canada Hockey Place.” (Not a joke.) I don’t know what it is that Vancouverites have against descriptors, but it appears Place for both of these, well, places over less limiting nouns such as Stadium, Venue, Park, Building, and Structure. At least Place did beat out the only noun that could be more vague, Thing.

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