Another Free iTunes Single of the Week: Melissa Etheridge's "Christmas in America"
Last week's prediction: Lunch with Avey Tare
The iTunes promotional lurch--a la last weekend's Times' box-set and coffee-table "gift guides"-- is, sadly, headed straight into moving Christmas product, from last week's Tony Bennett/A Swingin' Christmas debacle to this week's bizarrely titled A New Thought for Christmas, courtesy of California tax-evader Melissa Etheridge.
"Christmas in America" may also be gunning for the Iraq war demographic: Her baby is "in someone else's land" and Etheridge's prayer to Santa is to get her loved one home and "far away from harm." This is that "Citizen Soldier"-type action-movie trailer fodder that 3 Doors Down seemingly pioneered: montage-ready, melodic but steely with resolve. Except I guess this one is anti war, although gently, like maybe America's soldiers should get a much-deserved break for the holidays before they go back. In the meantime, she ties to the tree to the car, erects a tiny reindeer in the yard, looks at snowflakes and tries not to get sad.
Points, though, for confusing "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" in the second verse.
Next week's prediction: A Dipset Christmas