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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Because last night I was one of several musicians and groups scattered about a winter festival and I struggled with the holiday songs all evening. Because no one wanted to listen to me whine here at home I was hoping I would get a little love from my like minded friends here. That's all.
    I originally clicked on this thread because I thought Rough Night might be a song video.

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    I thought it was the story of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    Holiday songs have a long tradition of people who like to hear them and who like to play them. It is not a service to anyone, much less people listening, to have people who abhor the music playing it and "trying to get through it". Your distaste and lack of enthusiasm will show through. There are people who enjoy playing holiday songs. Just leave it to them to do so. That would be service to everyone. I personally never play gigs or events, but I did ukulele caroling last year. Everyone playing was happy to do so, (we weren't a group doing a gig but just showed up at the meeting place to play Christmas songs), and everyone listening enjoyed it because we ALL wanted to be there.
    And here I thought I was making the case that there can be good reasons to play a song even if you don't particularly like it. I am enthusiastic about the pleasure "Rudolph" gives to children when they hear me play. That is all the motivation I need. I am curious about people who don't feel the same way.

    Are you saying you can't play a song if you don't like it? Not even if the audience loves it? Not even if you're playing with other musicians who want to play it? Doesn't that get lonely?

    I am, incidentally, not directing those questions to you alone, AQUATOPAZ, but to the thread in general. You have given us a very useful opposite viewpoint from most of the posts here, but you seem to agree with the prevailing idea that "I don't like this song" is the absolute final verdict and circumstances don't matter. That's fine when you're playing alone on the couch. But assuming you sometimes like to play for/with other people, your own personal song preferences are not the be-all and end-all. Are they?

    When you hear musicians around town playing "Jingle Bells" are you under the impression they all like the song? That's their job. It's called "performing" and not "giving my true opinion" and I think we can all agree that's a good thing!

    I hope we can all enjoy this season playing whatever songs we like, for whatever reasons we find fulfilling. You play the songs you love. I'll play songs I'm bored with but happy to play when the little kids jump up and dance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acmespaceship View Post
    And here I thought I was making the case that there can be good reasons to play a song even if you don't particularly like it. I am enthusiastic about the pleasure "Rudolph" gives to children when they hear me play. That is all the motivation I need. I am curious about people who don't feel the same way.

    Are you saying you can't play a song if you don't like it? Not even if the audience loves it? Not even if you're playing with other musicians who want to play it? Doesn't that get lonely?

    I am, incidentally, not directing those questions to you alone, AQUATOPAZ, but to the thread in general. You have given us a very useful opposite viewpoint from most of the posts here, but you seem to agree with the prevailing idea that "I don't like this song" is the absolute final verdict and circumstances don't matter. That's fine when you're playing alone on the couch. But assuming you sometimes like to play for/with other people, your own personal song preferences are not the be-all and end-all. Are they?

    When you hear musicians around town playing "Jingle Bells" are you under the impression they all like the song? That's their job. It's called "performing" and not "giving my true opinion" and I think we can all agree that's a good thing!

    I hope we can all enjoy this season playing whatever songs we like, for whatever reasons we find fulfilling. You play the songs you love. I'll play songs I'm bored with but happy to play when the little kids jump up and dance!
    I'm saying that when people play songs they detest playing, it shows. There's a difference between not being enthusiastic about a song and having a disdain for playing it. Sorry, but contrary to what people may think about themselves, they mostly aren't that good actors, and their feelings about a song show, and being holiday songs, they would do everyone a favor to beg out of playing them. The holiday spirit deserves more.

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    What about playing the best Christmas song ever, "I wanna be your dog" by the Stooges. All it takes is three nearly adjacent chords (G F# E) and sleigh bells.

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    Rllink, you are not alone. I'm a Christian. I love gospel music. But really don't enjoy very much Christmas music. Traditional religious songs are ok but most of the pop stuff sends me running. Blue Christmas would probably be about it for me. I will not sing stuff like Mama Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Not judging, to each his own, etc. I avoid jams in December (wow, I do sound like a Grinch!).

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    Somewhat related to the topic at hand... I often wonder how it might be to be a member of a well-established band, such as "Chicago", for instance, and to go out there night after night playing nothing but Chicago songs. I would think that would become excrutiatingly monotonous after a while, but the guys in that band, and so many others (the Eagles, for example) seem to find ways to stay "into it". Perhaps the monetary compensation? Maybe it just comes down to having an ongoing consciousness that, hey, how lucky can I be, that I can actually play/sing this song for people to enjoy, and I never know which time doing it may be my last, so I'm going to see every note as a thing of beauty, and give it all I've got, every time!

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    I think some of us should form a uke band called “The Grinches.” Except we’ll probably never agree on what songs to play because someone in the group will detest every song choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I thought it was the story of my life.

    John Colter
    This makes me laugh every time I read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinlover View Post
    I think some of us should form a uke band called “The Grinches.” Except we’ll probably never agree on what songs to play because someone in the group will detest every song choice.
    I detest that idea

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