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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Musical Liberty

Musical Liberty

Here at Dry Humor Daily, I like Christmas music.  I really do.  I prefer the older songs, but some of the new ones aren't so bad.  (You definitely have to skip over whatever came out in the 90s, though, hands down.)  Want to know what I don't like?  I don't like despise commercials which rewrite the lyrics to Christmas songs with words about crowded malls, nasty fruit cake, and unwelcome in-laws.  I wish I could explain it, but it simply annoys me to no end.  (Even writing about this makes me shake my head in disappointment at our creatively lacking advertising industry.)

Companies have been altering Christmas songs for years, but Garmin's versions a few holidays ago really tipped the scales.  Now, any company can pitch Garmin's success as reason enough to make their own cheesy version of the campaign.  Here's an example of one:

I have a question.  Does anyone know the actual words to Carol of the Bells?  (Better yet, I wonder how many people even know the name.)  Everyone I know just says the "merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas.  Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas" part when it comes on.  (Oh, who am I kidding, that's just about all I can remember from year to year, too...)

Bottom line: companies should have their commercial privileges unceremoniously stripped once they head down this path.  Changing the words of Christmas songs is lame.  (Even if they are funny the first time around.)  End of story.

On a lighter note, thanks to all of you loyal readers and comment-leavers!  I appreciate your time and interest more than you know.  Just thought I would randomly mention that.  :)


Gina said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

You are beyond right. I hate, hate, hate when they do this. Not least because they end up speeding the song up and you can hardly understand it anyway.

Parodies on the radio = FUNNY.

Jingle re-writes = So NOT Funny.

Kate Weber said...

I admit it. I think it's annoying too. But I can't help but chuckle at the uni-brow line. But putting it to the tune of Carol of the Bells is sad news.

And I am proud to say that I DO know all the words to Carol of the Bells. I know it in random "Bum ba ba dums" too. I had to do both kinds of versions for Choir once.

AmberLaShell said...

You know i never really paid attention to these commercials before, maybe it's because when i hear the music, i hear the real words in my head instead of what they sing. Maybe it's lucky i'm a blonde and can randomly block things out and go into my own little world once in a while.. :)

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Jess said...

These commercials are like nails on a chalkboard to me. I, too, know all of the words to Carol of the Bells. Choir :)

StrangeWeapons said...

posted at 7am? dude ur up wayyyyy too early.

Cole Garrett said...

@ StrangeWeapons Well, I'm actually at work between 7 and 7:15. I write my posts ahead of time and schedule them at 7:00 AM. :)

(But yes, I am up that early and it's not always fun...)

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