• Merry Little Podcast

Jeff Westover

Chief Elf Officer
MMC Founder
Santa's Elf
Kringle Radio DJ
Oct 7, 2004
Cache Valley, Utah
Jingle Bells by Cimorelli just has a total 2020 vibe to it. Performed in a minor key, it is projected as a dark version of the song, one that forever works with a twinkle in the eye:

Cimorelli is just parroting a trend in recent years by some creative musicians to put a dark spin on traditional carols of Christmas. In some instances the effect is so good that you think they should have been written that way in the first place.
But Jingle Bells, which ranks right up there with Happy Birthday as one of the most well-known and popular songs ever, comes off especially dark and, thus, especially ironic in a year like 2020. This is pure musical satire, folks, and if you can’t laugh at it you aren’t looking at it right.
The other thing you need to notice about this song is that singing in a minor key in harmony can be pretty difficult. These girls pull that off nicely.
Knowing the background of the song may help. These days the origins of the song are claimed by two cities in which its...

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