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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Carol Singing on H Street


Caroler, originally uploaded by cheekycrows3. Used under a creative commons license

A group of neighbors has organized a holiday sing-a-long and you're invited. Announcement (slightly edited from the Facebook page):

Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the season in song. We will gather at the Argonaut (1433 H Street) and then proceed to serenade H Street with songs of the season. Have a favorite carol? Leave it in the comments and we'll try to make sure it's on our list. Then we will end up back at the Argo for nourishment and fellowship. Also beer. They have that. This event is family friendly. Kids are welcome!

This event is this Friday and starts at 6pm.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty much as agnostic as you can get, and it seems, even to me, that you're better off not having a christmas carol event if you dont have it in you to call them christmas carols. Are they gonna sing "O holiday night," "wonderful holiday time," "round young pregnant chick...holiday infant," etc.? I hope they are at least consistent.

inked said...

8:22,
I'm assuming they are just saying holiday carols because they anticipate also singing some non-Christmas holiday songs.

Anonymous said...

So, should Jewish households put a red mark on the door so u know not to come there?

Anonymous said...

Wow...the negativity. I imagine it's "holiday" instead of "Christmas" because they'll probably sing those classics the Christmas Warriors (TM) piss themselves over when their kids are asked to sing them at the "holiday" pageant. Like "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Deck the Halls," and the like. Plus classics that mention Christmas, but aren't overtly religious, like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "O Christmas Tree," "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," etc. And maybe even some religious ones (some might be religious and not even CHRISTIAN!).

As an atheist, but has recovered from the Scrooge syndrome I developed over years in retail, sounds like fun to me. As someone who sounds like a cat in heat when I try to sing, maybe I'll just come watch.

Anonymous said...

my understanding is that carols are generally religious (christian) in nature, and that christianity is the only religion that has a caroling tradition. I could be mistaken about the above, but, if that's so, if you're gonna say "carol," go ahead and cowboy up and say "christmas" instead of "holiday."

Anonymous said...

Perhaps "carols" are only traditional in Christian traditions, but we have plenty of traditional and modern holiday/winter songs that aren't overtly, or even slightly, Christian. Why exclude if you're going to sing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as much as "Oh Come All Ye Faithful?"

Perhaps it's pedantry like this that caused the event to be removed from Facebook...

inked said...

9:08,
The event has not been removed from Facebook. It might not be visible to everyone, but I'm sure anyone can show up at the Argo and join the group. Just meet at the Argo at 6pm.

Anonymous said...

Also, 2:52 and 9:08 checking in again...despite my atheism, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" is one of my favorite pieces to play when I'm asked to play an instrument at HOLIDAY events (I can't sing, but I can play 4 instruments). It's a really incredible piece of music, when done well. Don't really care that it's overtly Christian, the Christians in the audience can enjoy it for that, and they and anyone else can enjoy it for its musical quality. And we'll play the "others" a cheerful little ditty of some kind (my favorite in this regard in Jingle Bell Rock, which is fun to play with as musician, using silly implementations of bells and whatnot (we once incorporated a kazoo into it as a feature instrument...bless that man who could pull it off on the kazoo), and because most people know it and sing along) in short order.

The holidays (whatever holiday you celebrate, however you celebrate it/them) are supposed to be JOYFUL. Perchance you could just, I dunno, enjoy some wholesome singing fun and not get too hung up on whether each and every song is PC OR adheres to Christian values? If you feel like you're "violating your beliefs" if you sing "Little Town of Bethlehem," then just don't sing that one, maybe?

9:08, etc. said...

Thanks for clarifying, Inked. I'll probably show up and watch. Like I said, can't sing to save my life, but I now enjoy holiday music after a decade removed from retail. :)

Anonymous said...

lobbing "pedantry" is a cheap way to avoid addressing the real issue. We're not arguing about shades of blue while consulting a pantone color fan. Just say it: CHRISTMAS. like rickie's fat mom from better off dead. "YOU KNOW, CHRISTMAS! CHRISSSSSMUSSSS!!!"

Annoyingmous said...

God, what a bunch of self-absorbed douchebags you're being.

Anonymous said...

Christmas caroling undoubtedly contains Christian lyrics even if they are popular melodies. Whether or not one chooses to sing the lyrics that the Argonaut group is singing, and whether or not the Argonaut group's intentions are to spread holiday joy, the group is still engaging in a Christian activity.

Anonymous said...

just be a bunch of cultural appropriation and dropping my boy J.C. from the mix. Y'all be swagger-jackin from Jimmy Swaggart.

not-a-grinch said...

@8:38
So, what is your point? We're free to practice religion here in this Country whether you agree with it or not. If you don't want to participate, please don't go. While you're at it, please get a life so you have more to worry about than whether a few people get together, drink some beers and sing "Jingle Bells." Geez.

Anonymous said...

Great, kids in a bar.

Fletch F. Fletch said...

Anon 5:58 -- of course kids in a bar. Who's going to bring Daddy his whisky?

Geez you people are so impractical sometimes.

Anonymous said...

umm. not a grinch. Reading comprehension and context, bro. These folks are calling these other folks out for not having the stones to call it "christmas caroling."

9:08, etc. said...

Whoops, got trolled and responded, so sorry for clogging up the comments with that. I ended up not being able to make it for last-minute work demands (other people wanted work done STAT so that they could get out of town). I assume it was a good, non-denominational time.

9:08, etc. said...

Also, feeding the troll, I *could* put together at LEAST an hour of "holiday music" most people know that doesn't even mention Christmas, much less anything overtly religious. I'm sorry you're losing the "War on Christmas," but either let people have fun or IGNORE us.