Good Christmas Music: The Roches

Our listeners take exception to music critic Christian Bordal's opinion that there is "no such thing as good Christmas music." Here's the first in a brief series of suggested tunes: "For to Us a Child Is Born," sung by The Roches.

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

On the program last week, a story by music critic Christian Bordal took a rather Scrooge-like stance on holiday songs.

Mr. CHRISTIAN BORDAL (Music Critic): It's not possible to make good Christmas music. It can't be done.

BRAND: Well, you listeners disagreed in droves. So, throughout the show on this Christmas Day, we're going to share a few of your comments and feature some songs you think refute Christian Bordal's statement. The first comes from listener Kermit Tate, who notes, Handle's “For to Us, A Child is Born,” is an amazing piece of music, and for Mr. Bored-All to dismiss it as wallpaper, well, Ba-humbug to you. And then Mr. Tate suggests we play this version from a 1990 album by the vocal trio, The Roaches.

(Soundbite of The Roaches)

THE ROACHES (Band): (Singing) Unto us, a child is born. Unto us, a child is born. Unto us, a Son is given. Unto us, a Son is given. Unto us, a Son is given. And the government of He shall be upon his shoulder. And the government of God shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called - Wonderful. Wonderful. The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace…

BRAND: More of your favorite songs coming up. Stay with us on DAY TO DAY from NPR News.

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