Having to learn Christmas music in August is definately one of the downsides of being a musician. Why, you ask? Because whenever December rolls around you're absolutely sick of playing and hearing Christmas music. When you enter a store with sleigh bells tinkling merrily along to "Santa Baby" on the speakers, you want to strangle whoever's controlling the sound system. The thought of even touching an instrument with the intention of playing a seasonal song is unthinkable.
Not that I don't like Christmas music. I love Christmas music. It's awesome. It makes me happy.
But playing it for five months straight isn't awesome and doesn't make me happy.
Why practice it so early?
Because whenever December DOES roll around, and you happen to be a musician, people will ask you to play. This helps them get into a jolly, happy-go-lucky mood to match the tinsel and ribbons streamed about everywhere. Of course, being a musician, you never want to be caught off guard, so you must be prepared with at least three peices worked to perfection-ish to satisfy their need to Fa-la-la-la-la.
So yes. I've already started my Christmas music. And honestly, it's quite fun at the moment. I gots a new book and this baby has teeth. Hoo boy.
I'm not complaining now. I just might be in five months.