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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fun Feature Friday -- Snow Foolin'

Fun Feature Friday

Snow Foolin'
(1949) A "Screen Song" where you eventually sing "Jingle Bells" with lyrics provided in the vintage animated cartoon short.

A little history of "Jingle Bells" from the Youtube page that I got today's selection from:

"Jingle Bells" is one of the best known and commonly sung winter songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) and copyrighted under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1857. Despite being inextricably connected to Christmas, it is not specifically a Christmas song. It is one of many "joyful songs" written in New England during the late 19th century.

When James Lord Pierpont's song was originally published in 1857, it had a different chorus melody, which was more classical, even Mozart-like. The 1857 lyrics differed slightly from those we know today.  It is unknown who replaced the chorus melody and the words with those of the modern version. The song was reprinted in 1859 with the revised title of "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh."

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