Jingle Bells’ is one of the most commonly known Christmas songs in the world yet its history informs us that is not specifically a Christmas song. Known today as a fun and laughter filled Christmas song and it is popular as the main topic of parody. James Lord Pierpont originally wrote the song in 1857 and it was copyrighted during the time as ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’. The song was reprinted in 1859 using the revised title of Jingle Bells. Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia in the united states where he was the resident organist.
The tune of ‘Jingle Bells’ has been utilized in German and French songs to celebrate winter fun. Lyrics are completely unrelated to the ones we all know and love. For instance, Francis Blanche wrote french song ‘Vive Le Vent’ meaning ‘Long Live the Wind’ with references to new year’s day.
In 1898 ‘Jingle Bells’ was recorded by the Edison Male Quartette in the USA. It offers since been recorded by many people great artists including Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters. In 2006 when Kimberley Locke sang it, it became a number 1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Listed here is a fun fact. In 1965, December 16th ‘Jingle Bells’ was the first song broadcast from outer space. Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, the astronauts aboard Gemini 6 played a prank. They relayed to mission control which they saw a UFO with eight smaller UFO’s in front. Their reports followed that the pilot in the larger command module UFO was wearing a red suit. The prank concluded with all the astronaut duo playing ‘Jingle Bells’ on a harmonica combined with sleigh bells they had smuggled on board. Today on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum both instruments are saved to display. Interestingly, they are considered the first musical instruments to get played in space!
‘Jingle Bells’ has additionally been the main topic of parody. The best known homage to the original song is ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms. In the 1960’s children in the USA commonly sang the verse ‘Jingle bells, Santa smells, Easter’s on its way. Oh what fun it really is to ride in a beat up Chevrolet.’ The following is another parody of ‘Jingle Bells’, a verse which children and adults alike loved and then like to sing while having a few laughs as you go along ‘Dashing from the snow, on a couple of broken skis, crashing into trees, and some moldy cheese Ha Ha Ha, the snow is turning red, I believe I’m almost dead, please rush me to the hospital before I lose my head. Ha Ha Ha.’
‘Jingle Bells’ is still a Christmas favorite song whether sung in their original form or whether by parody, it really is still popular around the world today. A song that can bring families and communities together sharing good cheer and holiday fun at Christmas time annually! Christmas Written Music is normally like every other kind of written music except for starters; as a result of well-known melodies it really is more open to re-harmonization. What does that mean exactly? Well, by simply virtue of the fact that everyone understands the melody it’s easier for the piano accompanist to take more harmonic chances.
Christmas songs like Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Joy to everyone are really entrenched within our consciousness that few people even need to look at the words or the melody. It just comes naturally eqnjwd many of us, at the very least in western culture, to sing the lyrics and melodies without the thought in any way.
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