I’d meant to note this back in December, but Aimee Mann and Michael Penn’s “Christmastime” is now my new favorite Christmas song. The musical structure is super-ironic and the lyrics are, as just subversive enough to be charming. It’s like a deconstruction of the Waitresses “Christmas Rapping.”
And I think it’s fine to have one ironic and subversive song in your Christmas playlist. Anyway, treat yourself to it and file it away for next year.
PS: As Paul Thomas Anderson once explained, all of Mann’s love-lorn sons are really about the record industry. So who knows what this song is really about. I suspect it might be an inside joke about she and Penn’s marriage.