In the coffee shop yesterday morning, I was treated to the nostalgic melange of 40s and 50s Christmas music. In previous posts I've talked about how creepy mid 20th century music often sounds (part of that due to its appearance in horror movies and post apocalyptic games like Jeepers Creepers and Fallout 3).
Holiday music is no different. For some songs it's the instrumentals that give it a dark shade, for others it's the lyrics.
Think about it.... He sees you when you're sleeping / He knows when you're awake. So, I have some eternal watcher who knows everything I've been up to? How is that not creepy? And then there are the original lyrics to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (which were changed at the urging of the Meet Me In St. Louis cast, thankfully): It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past... I still find the tune a little creepy, but that may just be me.
"Adeste Fidelis" ("Oh Come All Ye Faithful") also has a spine tingling vibe to it, though that's largely due to its use in a Tales from the Darkside Special.
My playlist this week consists of several spoofs of traditional music, some music played in a different key, and the one Christmas song I've always found creepy, no matter when or where it's used (see #5).
What's your creepiest holiday song?
1. Seasons of Belief - The Grither
2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Yogsothoth - H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society
3. Away In A Madhouse - H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society
4. Christmas Carols in Minor Key
5. Carol of the Bells