Here’s a song with real crossover appeal. And not that weak kind of crossover either, where a longtime fan of a quirky, iconoclastic performer eagerly buys her first mainstream release and is bewildered to find that all of a sudden, she’s covering both Ann Murray songs and the Misfits tattoo on her forehead.
Nope, I mean “crossover” in the sense that this is a Christmas song arranged like a spooky Halloween tune. You know that scene in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” where the Grinch snips the pieces for his Santa suit out of a set of red curtains? Okay: substitute “the flayed skin of a still-living human victim” for “curtains” and you’ve got the idea of this version.
Well, close enough, anyway. It provides excellent value for money in that you can start playing this in mid-October and not give it a rest for two whole months.
I’ve suddenly realized that the same could be true of a Grinch lawn ornament. It just seems like too much bother to decorate the house for just a couple of weeks, to say nothing of the expense and all of the storage problems. I could certainly get behind a decoration that you can keep on your lawn for a quarter of the year.
It wouldn’t be perfect. I’d still have to stow the Grinch’s Santa suit until “Gosh, you still have your Halloween decorations up?” transitions to “Gosh, you’re already putting up your Christmas decorations?” But if you’re willing to stretch it all the way to “When are you going to take those Christmas decorations down, Andy?” I could be covered through February.
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