The 12 Reindeer of the Apocalysmas
Last night Chris I went to a contemporary-classical CD release concert. He knows one of the composers, so we chatted for a bit at the reception, and inevitably it had to be said: "You know, I used to play piano very seriously-- I composed something recently-- it's a hip hopera about aliens..."
It feels somewhat blasphemous to mention electronic, comedic, rock, etc, music in such a setting. I know it shouldn't, really; there are many different approaches to music, and I don't believe any one genre has a monopoly on the noblest or best ones. (Besides, for myself personally, since I used to play classically and made the switch, I exempt myself from all purist judgment.)
That being said, I'm not going to pretend a song about aliens killing Santa's reindeer on Christmas Day is necessarily the most inclusive sort of conversation to have in a crowd of members of the Naxos music library. Or any crowd, really.
While we're on the topic of dubious art projects and blaspheming Christmas! I had this impulse two years ago to draw 12 comic reindeer in the days leading up to Christmas. I got as far as Strudelph and Nudelph, the pastry- and pasta-lovin' chefs, and then tapped out because no one was paying attention to me. Well, that's not going to stop me this year! Something else might stop me (most likely Dragon Age: Inquisition), but that's not the point.
Here is the handsome devil who kicked it all off:
And here is the official list of their brethren candidates from 2012, but LOOK AT ALL THAT EMPTY SPACE! Shop is open for suggestions.