Jingle Bells’ is probably the best 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 subject of parody. James Lord Pierpont originally wrote the song in 1857 and it also was copyrighted at that 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 to the ones everyone knows and love. For example, 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 first recorded through the Edison Male Quartette in the us. It has since been recorded by a lot of 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.
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 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 using the astronaut duo playing ‘Jingle Bells’ over a harmonica combined with sleigh bells that 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 become played in space!
‘Jingle Bells’ has been the main topic of parody. The best known homage towards the original song is ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms. In the 1960’s children in the us 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 children and adults alike loved and continue to want to sing while enjoying a few laughs in the process ‘Dashing through the snow, on a set 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 towards the hospital before I lose my head. Ha Ha Ha.’
‘Jingle Bells’ is still a Christmas favorite song whether sung in its original form or whether by parody, it is actually still popular throughout the world today. A song which brings families and communities together sharing good cheer and holiday fun at Christmas time annually! Christmas Sheet Music is generally just like any other kind of written music except for one thing; due to the well known melodies it is actually more available to re-harmonization. What does that mean exactly? Well, simply by virtue of the truth that everybody knows the melody it’s easier for the piano accompanist to consider more harmonic chances.
Christmas songs like Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Joy around the world are really entrenched within our consciousness that not many people even need to consider the words or the melody. It merely comes naturally eqnjwd many of us, at least in western culture, to sing the lyrics and melodies without the thought at all.
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