December 18, 2006

Keeping the Dream Alive

It’s nearly Christmas, which obviously means that there have been Christmas songs played in shops and pretty much everywhere else for several months now.

Here’s a little snippet of a song I seem to hear more of around Christmas time:-

There are two things which I believed about this song, neither of which are true:-

  1. It’s a Christmas song. It sounds like it should be, with the strings and the twinkly synths and so on. But it doesn’t mention Christmas anywhere in it, and it’s not from a Christmas-specific album.
  2. It’s by Paul McCartney. It sounds uncannily like McCartney circa Pipes of Peace, I think, with a dead-on McCartney vocal-plus-harmonies and those cello-like synths. It’s even muscially like a McCartney composition; famously McCartney’s Beatles songs move up and down the scale much more than Lennon’s, who was apparently a lazy singer, preferring to write songs where the melody stayed rooted around a small range.

So I was wrong twice over. It’s by a German band called Freiheit, and I have no idea whether they intended it to sound as McCartney-and-Christmas-esque as it does. I gather that Macca does the occasional side-project which he releases under a pseudonym; it’d be nice to think that one of his pseudonyms is in fact a completely separate band with its own twenty-five year career. But I suspect not.


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  1. nice tune!

    18 Dec 2006, 14:28

  2. Hmm, it is nice, but I don’t quite see what’s so christmas-y about it? Maybe if you don’t listen to the words, and are a very jolly person to begin with.

    18 Dec 2006, 20:21

  3. John Dale

    Well, that’s kind of my point. It’s not a Christmas-y song, really, but even so it seems to get played in shops and around the place at Christmas time. It’s as though it’s somehow fooled everyone into mistaking it for a Christmas song.

    18 Dec 2006, 20:58

  4. It’s one of my favourite Christmas tunes! No idea what exactly it has to do with Christmas, but I first heard it on my mum and dad’s Christmas double album they bought about 10 years ago so it’ll do for me.

    19 Dec 2006, 02:35

  5. David Dick

    Where can I download the English language version of this song please? I have got the German version from ITunes.

    17 Apr 2007, 23:16

  6. k

    has a good tune

    David Dick:you can dowload “Limewire” and get the english version off there…...

    26 Jun 2007, 10:18

  7. lilmissheva

    i am 12 my mum is 46 and we both love this song. it is my favpourite christmas song ever and probably my mums as well

    11 Aug 2007, 13:29


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