Carl (themikado) wrote in metaquotes,

Percussive contemplation

From oakenguy:

What really gets me about "Little Drummer Boy" is the irony of it having a really, really boring rhythm. This kid is a drummer, he's playing his very best, and he comes up with "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum"?!?!? What is he, playing with the stick held in his teeth?!

And as someone who's been to more than my share of Christmas Eve services, can I say what a breath of fresh air it would be to hear "I played my drum for him, pa rumpdida-rumpdida-chikachikachika-bizzow"? It'd be the perfect antidote to "O Holy Night", which is a fine song, don't get me wrong, but at 10:58pm after a big meal in a room full of people wearing thick, comfy sweaters, it can knock you out like a boxing glove soaked in valium.

And let's not even mention the fact that right after childbirth, the last thing anyone wants is a drum being played next to their ear. "The finest gift you bring"? Dude, get Mary a pillow. Get some fresh hay.

What really REALLY gets me is when the carol is performed with the drumming part obviously done on a drum machine. (I'm looking at you, Bob Seger.)
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