Something I slightly dread about the Chrisnukah season is the arrival of Christmas carols. It’s not so much that I dislike them per-se (I’m not Scrooge!), it’s just the endless repetition of the same tunes soon gets old. Particularly when people insist on creating more and more twee versions of them. So I was unexpectedly delighted when we happened upon a band of roving punk rock carol singers in Norwich market.
The tunes were recognisable and the words restrainedly untampered with. But they had a screeching, God Save The Queen quality that made them a bit different from the usual expositions of these songs.
I particularly enjoyed the chaotic, sudden appearance of this group, an unexpected pop-up punctuating the relative quiet. They are subversive, and yet very friendly and humane. And they were collecting for a charity that provides music lessons for people with learning difficulties – so all for a very good cause.
Not to get too serious about play… but I think it’s particularly important at this time of year when we’re enjoying ourselves and taking time out from hard slog to remember that some people really don’t have it easy. And surely the spirit of Christmas, Channukah, etc., should get us to use our positive energy in service of those who need it most.
The energy you give off is the energy you receive. I really think that, so I’m always myself – jumping, dancing, singing around, trying to cheer everybody up. – Cara Delevingne
Ease of play: 9/10
Resemblance to play: 6/10
Potential frequency of play: Low