Merry Christmas, Vox. You suck at musical analysis.

How A Shoddy Explainer Video Stole Christmas

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  1. In recent days, you may have seen a video float through your Facebook feed, informing you of the Secret Chord That Underpins All Christmas Music (!?!?!?!)
  2. The secret chord that makes Christmas music sound so Christmassy
  3. IT'S ALL IN THE CHORDS.
  4. But if you happened to know anyone involved in actual music-making, you probably also read about how complete bogus this Vox explainer was.
  5. This Storify thus represents an attempt to compile all the sensible responses to a nonsensical video.
  6. Here's philosopher Robin James:
  7. But if we do want to talk harmony, composer Matt Marks and a few others dug deep:
  8. And what about that particular Christmas quality? Musicologists and theorists go to work:
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