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December 21, 2006

Christmas stylings

This year I will mostly be enjoying a bluegrass Christmas:-

Season’s greetings to one and all, even if your tastes aren’t as exquisitely refined as mine.


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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