November 2018, Opinion

Try something a little different this holiday

Now that all the candy has been eaten and the pumpkins are smashed, we’ll be going home for the Thanksgiving holiday before we know it. And once Thanksgiving passes, it will be time for egg nog and putting up bright lights that make you warm inside.

That’s right! I’m talking about Christmas time! It’s not too early to start planning for that special time of year. If you want to set the perfect mood for the Christmas holidays, you have to think about your music.

I’m not the only one who feels that way. “I cannot breathe without Christmas,” said India Frederick, a senior theater major. “This season is the most magical one out of all the holidays and the music is just the icing on the cake. Once you hear the Christmas music in the stores or in the home, everyone gets together and brings love in the atmosphere.”

Even our international students love the Christmas season for its music.

“Christmas here is not much more different than back at home in the Bahamas,” said Shavaughn Coakley, a junior and computer information systems major. “The main difference is the music — how much you hear Christmas music everywhere you go, but that’s the best part.”

If you want to add something fresh to the traditional Christmas music that you usually listen to, I recommend the soundtrack to the 2018 remake “The Grinch” by multi-Grammy nominated Tyler, The Creator. Tyler provides us with the two classic songs from the Grinch with a new, revised twist to “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, the leading single for the soundtrack, and “I Am the Grinch.”

The Grinch opens in theaters Nov. 9.

Coakley is willing to try something new. “My favorite Christmas songs are usually Mariah Carey’s but I’m pretty sure after I hear Tyler, The Creator’ album, this will be my new favorite.”

— Lorraine Henderson