Jingle Bells’ is probably the most commonly known Christmas songs in the world yet its history informs us which is not specifically a Christmas song. Known today as a fun and laughter filled Christmas song and it is well liked as the subject of parody. James Lord Pierpont originally wrote the song in 1857 and it also was copyrighted during the time as ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’. The song was reprinted in 1859 using the revised title of Jingle Bells Lyrics. Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia in the us 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 towards the ones we all know and love. For instance, Francis Blanche wrote the French song ‘Vive Le Vent’ meaning ‘Long Live the Wind’ with references to new year’s day.
In 1898 ‘Jingle Bells’ was first recorded by the Edison Male Quartette in the USA. It provides since been recorded by a lot of great artists including Bing Crosby and also the Andrew Sisters. In 2006 when Kimberley Locke sang it, it became a number 1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
This 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 right in front. Their reports followed that this pilot within the larger command module UFO was wearing a red suit. The prank concluded using the astronaut duo playing ‘Jingle Bells’ on the harmonica associated with sleigh bells that they had smuggled on board. Today at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum both instruments are saved to display. Interestingly, they are considered the first musical instruments to be played in space!
‘Jingle Bells’ has additionally been the main topic of parody. The most effective known homage to the original song is ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms. Within 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.’ Is another parody of ‘Jingle Bells’, a verse which adults and children alike loved and then love to sing while going for a few laughs along the way ‘Dashing from the snow, on a pair of broken skis, crashing into trees, and a bit of moldy cheese Ha Ha Ha, the snow is turning red, I do believe I’m almost dead, please rush me to the hospital before I lose my head. Ha Ha Ha.’
‘Jingle Bells’ remains a Christmas favorite song whether sung in their original form or whether by parody, it is actually still popular around the world today. A song that brings families and communities together sharing good cheer and holiday fun at Christmas time every year! Christmas Written Music is normally just like any other kind of written music except for one thing; because of the well-known melodies it is actually more open to re-harmonization. What does that mean exactly? Well, by simply virtue of the fact that everybody knows 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 the World are so entrenched in our consciousness that few people even have to look at the words or perhaps the melody. It merely comes naturally eqnjwd the majority of us, at least in western culture, to sing the lyrics and melodies without the thought in any way.
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