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MIT lecturer Ken Urban says ‘bah humbug!’

Ken Urban
Thomas Garcia
Ken Urban

Not everyone is excited about the holidays. Take playwright Ken Urban. The senior lecturer at MIT has written a holiday song, with his band Occurrence, called “The Time of the Year,” and it opens with this line: “It’s the time of year/ I hate most.” That pretty much sums up Urban’s enthusiasm — or lack therof — for the holidays.

“I had an idea to write a song that was truthful about the holidays — or at least more ambivalent than the stuff you hear in stores,” said Urban, whose play “A Guide for the Homesick” had its world premiere at the Huntington Theater Company last fall.

Something tells us Urban’s downbeat take on the holidays won’t be a hit, but have a listen anyway: