Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More Xmas Pain

And here's a guy singing "Jingle Bell Rock" with no lyrics except the title words. Again, courtesy of The Sneeze (which you should all be reading daily so I won't have to tell you the funny parts. Which are all of them).

Remember, I bring you these gifts because I love you.

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I should add that, despite this post's title, I think this is pretty awesome. Maybe it's a sign I'm losing my mind, but nothing has brought home the joy of the season quite like this song.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/19/2006 7:01 PM

That reminds me of the Skeleton's version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," in which the lyrics are shifted forward one syllable. I wish I could find an mp3 of it -- I only have it on cassette -- but it starts:

"take ME out to the ball GAME, take
ME, out to the crowd BUY..."

It's kind of disconcerting, and I love it so.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/20/2006 10:50 AM

That wasn't so much painful as borderline anesthetizing. There is a certain joy to it, akin to that reported by oxygen-deprived mountain climbers or the parents of small children at the end of a very long day.

Questions:

1) Does rock beat bell, or jingle, or both? Etc.

2) Is that not some of the coolest minimal synthesizer around?

Posted by: Blogger Dave S. at 12/20/2006 2:56 PM

Yes, I love the synth toward the end! It reminds me of the score from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

I think bell would beat jingle, because it contains it. Rock beats bell because you can crush a bell with a rock (a jingle bell, at least, not the Liberty Bell). And jingle beats rock because ROCK IS DEAD. According to Marilyn Manson, anyway.

I woke up with "Jingle Rock Bell" in my head today, after a disturbing dream about Tom Cruise (he really is short, but only in terms of height). The original version, with all those other meaningless words, keeps popping in, though.

Which can mean only one thing: it's time to play it again!!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/20/2006 3:29 PM

I spent a lot of time laughing at that. Thanks for posting it! XD

Posted by: Anonymous Nozomi at 12/21/2006 4:47 PM

See, Nozomi appreciates the madness. Glad I'm not the only one.

Oh, and I think the real reason why jingle would beat rock is because advertising jingles that use rock songs (like using Led Zeppelin to sell Cadillacs) are hammering the last nails in rock 'n' roll's coffin.

(Using Aerosmith to sell Buicks, however, is perfectly acceptable and appropriate. The perfect marriage of mediocrity and mediocrity.)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/21/2006 5:02 PM

I'm going away for the Holidays so I just wanna say before I leave to everyone, have a wonderful Christmas and safe and Happy New Year.:-)

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 12/22/2006 4:01 AM

You, too, Kathy! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/22/2006 8:10 AM

It's been days, Jeri -- what's the Wordwatch?

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/22/2006 10:12 AM

WordWatch is about 230K, and I think that's where it's going to stay. Not that I don't think I could pull it off, but I realized these ten days would be better spent revising Book One and the synopsis of my YA trilogy for my agent to send out next month, because I won't get another chance to work on it until at least February. VOC revisions start January 1.

Besides, none of my projects are in a first draft stage. I could work on something completely different just to stubbornly stick to my arbitrary goal, or I could get something useful accomplished.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/22/2006 12:57 PM

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