Susan Boyle Doing X-Mas Duet With Elvis

I bow to no one in my loathing of Christmas: the kitsch, the ersatz religiosity, the orgy of materialism. But I confess to occasionally sneaking a listen to a carol or two. Steve and Edie’s rendition of “Sleigh Ride” is my all-time fave, but the just-announced duet between Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley could displace it. Thanks to the wonders of technology, the pair will be doing a duet of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” (Presley’s version is here.) At least one sniffy critic has said the pairing is “like defacing an Old Master with graffiti.” As if Elvis were Caruso or something. Sheesh!

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