Twin Cities musicians on Christmas music at its best and worst
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CP: So what Christmas songs are you guys particularly fond of?
Claire de Lune: I think there's kind of a surprising number of Christmas songs that are really well written pop songs when you break them down. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a lovely tune. I would say "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey is an obvious standout. That song is pretty awesome, Mariah was definitely on her A-game in that era.
Lizzo: "Mistle Toe Jam"by Luther Vandross, because it goes HARD. Shout out to Lazerbeak! Also, "Mama Kissing Santa Claus." It's too creepy.
CP: Do you think if Salt-n-Pepa would have made a christmas song, it would have been more popular than Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You"?
CL:Those are fighting words! Haha, but I don't really know if any contemporary Christmas song could top that one. Though if Salt-n-Pepa had made a Christmas song it undoubtedly would've been awesome. Salt-n-Pepa, if you're reading this: It's not too late!
CP: So as hip hop artists, any guess as to why there's such an absence of hip hop musicians putting out songs like "Christmas in Hollis" these days?
SE: I feel like Hip Hop blending with Christmas Chords can come off slightly corny. The masters could pull it off, but I just don't think that vibe is in the air right now. My brain doesn't wake up thinking "I should make a Christmas song today." I appreciate it, but wouldn't be drawn to create it at this time.
CP: Christmas music can be pretty atypical in regards to instrumentation used. Have you ever heard something in a Christmas song that's inspired you creatively?
SE: Christmas songs have some of our favorite chord progressions! "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas" kill it.