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The spoilers of Christmas

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 26 December 2012


I HAVE BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTED at the music produced by Caribbean folks  this Christmas season. There is nothing wrong with changing carols to dub, calypso, reggae, spouge or any other Caribbean beat, but the words must make scriptural and gospel sense. And very often they don’t. To make matters worse,  DJs and radio personnel get into the act by playing the really  bad lyrics. Apart from playing  this music, they also make some foolish comments. My first reaction is to think  that most of the writers, singers and radio operatives do not have  a clear understanding of why we celebrate this season, and really  do not know anything of Christ’s birth and are not trying to learn  or understand as well. All they need to do is a little research on the birth of Christ. (For a start, read the book  of Luke) When announcers have to work on an interview of some sportsman, TV personality or  actor they do their research  on them. Why can’t they do the research on Jesus’ birth as well? The other thing is that no music should be played on the radio unless the on-air person understands what is being sung. Announcers should not play music simply because it is in the system. Unfortunately, they play  bad-sounding remakes of Christmas carols and hymns  with incorrect lines and words that sometimes toss the real meaning of Christmas out the window. Well known singers sing songs whose words do not make any sense. They often sing out of key and take nice old carols and  put other words to them,  thereby destroying the songs. Read your Bible or find  a Bible-believing church to attend to learn the Christmas story.


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