Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jingle Bells Backwards!

It was very cold today. Work was long, and I have a lot of projects to finish up for graduate school by tomorrow night. Not looking forward to it. I could really use a month long vacation, and someone to finish grad school for me, or a clone would be good. 15 more days until Christmas! We have reached the halfway point, and also the days remaining of the year are quickly fleeting as well. Jingle Bells is perhaps one of the most recognizable Christmas songs ever, so it wouldn't be fitting to do my 25 days of  Christmas Carols without it. See below for additional information acquired from www.wikipedia.org:

"Jingle Bells" is one of the best-known and commonly sung Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written to be sung for American Thanksgiving. It is an unsettled question where and when James Lord Pierpont originally composed the song that would become known as "Jingle Bells". A plaque at 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts commemorates the "birthplace" of "Jingle Bells", and claims that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850, at what was then the Simpson Tavern. According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town's popular sleigh races during the 19th century. "Jingle Bells" was originally copyrighted with the name "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1857. It was reprinted in 1859 with the revised title of "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh". The song has since passed into public domain. The date of the song's copyright casts some doubt on the theory that Pierpont wrote the song in Medford, since by that date he was the organist and music director of the Unitarian Church in Savannah, Georgia, where his brother, Rev. John Pierpont Jr., was employed. In August of the same year, James Pierpont married the daughter of the mayor of Savannah. He stayed on in the city even after the church closed due to its Abolitionist leanings. Music historian James Fuld notes that "the word jingle in the title and opening phrase is apparently an imperative verb." In the winter in New England in pre-automobile days, it was common to adorn horses' harnesses with straps bearing bells as a way to avoid collisions at blind intersections, since a horse-drawn sleigh in snow makes almost no noise. The rhythm of the tune mimics that of a trotting horse's bells. However, "jingle bells" is commonly taken to mean a certain kind of bell.

There you have it. Goodnight and farewell.

Barbara Streisand singing "Jingle Bells"

Jupiter Ascending trailer (looks interesting, but kind of predictable as well, but still interesting).

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