Joan Of Arc’s Christmas Special
Earlier this month, I made a few alternative suggestions to more traditional Christmas music. What I failed to mention was my personal tradition. You see, ever since I heard A Portable Model Of by Joan Of Arc back in the late 90s, I’ve consistently spent every year listening to Joan Of Arc on Christmas. I guess I was already pretty eager to move on from standard Christmas music even back then and even a fleeting mention of Christmas on a couple of songs was a good enough reason for me to not to listen to Perry Como in December anymore.
But while I began with A Portable Model Of, since that album was released, I’ve also listened-to and enjoyed Joan Of Arc’s other records year after year. In fact, you might even say that Christmas has now become a sort of Joan Of Arc appreciation day of sorts. Think about it, though. How many bands are as diverse, experimental and have had as many members come and go over the years than Joan Of Arc? Probably none. And while I haven’t adored every single album of theirs, I appreciate Tim Kinsella’s innovation and ambition to push the envelope on each and every record. If you think you know what one record to the next will sound like, you’re just lying to yourself.
So while I may be the only guy listening to Joan Of Arc on Christmas year after year, I’m definitely okay with that. Besides, I’ve been doing it so long now that it’s practically second nature. So Merry Christmas and enjoy some Joan Of Arc with me this Christmas season, won’t you?