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Students Favor Classic Holiday Songs

BY EDGAR ENRIQUEZ

Despite many modern adaptations – students favor the classics – as Christmas quickly approaches and ubiquitous tunes of holiday spirit permeate the airwaves.

Songs such as “The Christmas Song,” made famous by Nat King Cole, are among the classics that Erika Arango, 22, a senior and a music education major, enjoys.

“It’s more about family, and, I mean, I’m not a religious person, but it did derive from something religious,” he said

“The Nutcracker Suite,” an album by composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, includes songs originally composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Arango recommends one of those pieces, “Sugar Run Cherry” to anyone interested in music.

American singer Bing Crosby is known for many holiday classics Matthew Wendler, 25, a senior and public relations major, is fond of listening to on Christmas day.

“Nobody can sing like he could,” Wendler said. “My grandfather and I would listen to his Christmas album while peeling and cutting veggies for dinner.”

Vivaldi is a classical Ahmar Camacho, 19 and a sophomore, enjoys listening to during the holidays. Yet Camacho and other student, appreciate the modern Michael Bublé “Christmas” album.

“I think he captures what I would say (are) ‘the old 2000s’ kind of Christmas music,” Camacho said. “You know every year they play that one Mariah Carey song that has that nostalgic feel to it.”

“I really like Michael Bublé,” said Chris Naylor, 19, a sophomore. “I like how he puts the jazz spin on it. My favorite song would probably be “All I want for Christmas is You,” I don’t really have much reason behind it, I really just like the sound of it.”

Though Michele Ciz, 23, a senior and public relations major, does not celebrate Christmas, listening to Bublé’s Christmas album always makes her happy.

“I totally don’t have it on CD or anything,” she said.

However, Charlene Lisboa, 19, a sophomore and a music education major, is not fond of it and criticizes Bublé.

“I don’t like Michael Bublé, he’s the most overplayed dude ever,” Lisboa said. “Everyone’s like, ‘He’s so good, he’s the Christmas god,’ I’m like ‘no he’s not, he’s so generic!’”

Whether students prefer classics or modern adaptions, Glenn Haines, 21, a junior in public relations with a minor in political science, believes his favorite songs represent the buildup of the holidays.

“I really like “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’,” he said. “The reason I like those specifically is the old sound brings back nostalgia of my young Christmases, and the subject matter. I really think that the set and the buildup towards Christmas is almost better than Christmas, and those songs really talk about that.”

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