Okay, you go home for the holidays only to find nothing has changed. Put a couple of drinks in your uncle and he starts spewing Fox News propaganda or your cousin and his new girlfriend get a little too amorous at dinner table; what do you do to get away for a while? We at Baeble Music have assembled a short holiday playlist with the sole purpose of ignoring your loved ones using the power of music. So pop in your noise cancelling headphones, get that glazed over look on your face and get ready to tune in, turn on, and drop out... of the conversation.
Aesop Rock - "None Shall Pass"
Here's the magic of Aesop Rock; he's so lyrically dense, you have to listen intently in order to remotely appreciate his writing. Whenever I listen to him, I look like I'm being explained the basics of chaos theory over the phone. Perfect for looking busy when your grandmother is about to ask "what ever happened to (blank)?"... insert ex's name here.
Neil Diamond - "Sweet Caroline"
Here's a different approach. Put this on, full blast so everyone can hear it and watch the conversation dissolve into idiots yelling "SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!" at the top of their lungs. All you have to do is use the distraction to your advantage and slip out of the room halfway through the chorus.
The War On Drugs - "Under The Pressure"
Here's the scenario. A topic comes up you'd rather not be a part of...cause let's face it; somebody's going to say something offensive at Thanksgiving this year. You slip into the bathroom to avoid your grandfather's oblivious comments about marginalized groups X, Y, & Z. But how do you know enough time has past for the conversation to change topic? Put on "Under The Pressure" by The War On Drugs while you sit on the toilet, pants around your ankles, swiping through Tinder. The song comes out to just under nine minutes so I can almost guarantee that by the time you've emerged, they will have most likely moved on.
Weird Al Yankovic - "Eat It"
"Darling, you're skin and bones!" your grandmother proclaims as she shovels another heaping serving of stuffing on your plate, and we all know, once it's on the plate, there's only one place for it to go. Now's the time where you have to throw your high fiber diet out the window and Weird Al is here with the encouragement you need to just eat it.
Sister Sledge- "We Are Family"
No matter how much we try to deny it, it's the truth, there's no avoiding it. Like it or not, they're your flesh and blood and deep down (deep DEEP down) you love them, and believe it or not, they love you. And there's nothing like some disco to perk you up a bit and remind you why it's important that you show up year after year and put up with their shenanigans because they are your family, and sometimes, that's all you got.
So happy holidays from all of us at Baeble Music, from our family, to yours.