Sick of Being Bombarded with Christmas Music? Take a Cue from This Guy.

I’m done with Christmas music. In fact, I was finished with this bombardment on November 2, the first time I walked into a store and was assaulted with both Burl Ives “Holly Jolly Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And if I hear “Winter Wonderland” one more time, I’m gonna snap.


This why I’m firmly behind Phil Kline, a New Yorker, who has been kicking against bad Christmas music since 1992 with what’s become known as the “Unsilent Night” march.

Each year, Kline (and like-minded people in other cities) lead a group of people all carrying boomboxes on a 45-minute walk through the streets. Each boombox plays the same song–a Kline composition–simultaneously, drowning out all the Christmas music within earshot. I like it.

Details on Unsilent Night can be found here. Below is a sample of what it sounds like.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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