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What Christmas Carol Am I? - trinalin thinks things through
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What Christmas Carol Am I?
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keeper1st From: keeper1st Date: December 25th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wait a cotton-pickin' minute! Jingle Bells isn't a Christmas song!

Indeed, it never would have been sung in December when it was new (titled The One-Horse Open Sleigh and with completely different music on the chorus). Like so many other winter songs, it's not appropriate in most places until late January or February. But if you try to play it then, people get annoyed and complain that it's not Christmas anymore.

But, gosh darn it, it's not a Christmas song! It's just about going for a sleigh ride with your Main Squeeze!

Likewise with Winter Wonderland and many other songs you won't hear again until late November, even though they're only starting to become appropriate NOW (well, they're never appropriate here near on the California coast, but you get my point).
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 25th, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait a cotton-pickin' minute! Jingle Bells isn't a Christmas song!

Heh - I didn't write the quiz, I just partook of it. ;-) There's many "Christmas" songs which are really just winter songs, but which have been appropriated by the holiday. Doesn't really bother me - I like 'em all. :-)
keeper1st From: keeper1st Date: December 25th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
And in case you're wondering how the tune originally went, "Perfessor Bill" Edwards (who has quite a nice rant his page about non-Christmas songs being treated as such, actually) performs the original chorus in this evolutionary performance of the tune. First he plays it as originally published, then as it would have been played in the late 19th century, then as it was rewritten in the early 20th century (with the chorus we all know today), and finally in his own ragtime version.

http://www.perfessorbill.com/midi/jinglea.mid

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