Sunday, December 18, 2005

a christmas carol

everyone has a go-to; you know, a thing you do in idle gear that is your natural instinct. on bad days, improvisers certainly have our fair share when it comes to performance gimmicks and the like. but here, here i'm talkin' 'bout my christmas go-to.

someone says to sing your favorite christmas song. guess what? mine certainly isn't this, but i immediately run like the dickens to "sleigh ride".

there's several perks:
*trumpet "whinny" of horse
*x-treme key changes & even more orchestra featurettes (see above)

in 2003, friend hans holsen and i were on a gig with a few pals. we were singing carols and got stuck on how funny the very end of this song is. "lovely weather for/(high pitched voice) lovely weather for/(low voice) lovely weather for/ (normal) lovely weather for"... and so on. we giggled about this for several hours in the backseat of a freezing van - and christmas was bright, indeed.

what's yours?



Blogger eileen said...

lovely weather for, lovely weather for...never struck me as funny before, but now I'm going to crack up every time I hear me some sleigh ride.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Lindberg said...

Carol Of The Bells. which always struck me as kinda creepy.

10:39 AM  
Blogger christine said...

heres what I HATE!!! That stupid overplayed paul mccartney song:

"simp-ly hav-ing awonderfulchristmastime"
(cue the keyboard interlude)

Havent heard it yet this year! :)

7:39 PM  
Blogger tara d. said...

eileen - i know... isn't it the best?

11:24 AM  
Blogger tara d. said...

lindberg - that is terrifying. that song is supposed to be haunting, right? unless it's trans-siberian orch, then, it's just hilarious.

11:25 AM  
Blogger tara d. said...

i'm sure that you've mentioned this once before, swartz. i love that you hate it so much.


speaking of casio keyboards, i haven't heard nearly enough mannheim steamroller this c-mas...

11:26 AM  

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