20-person Choir Sneaks Into Hozier’s Show, Harmonizes on “Take Me to Church.” He Loves It…

Dec 18, 2014 By Abraham 0

At a show in Paris earlier this month Irish singer-songwriter Hozier was treated to a unique surprise. Unbeknownst to him or most of the audience, a radio station and the venue had stationed a 20-member choir as normal audience members in the front row.

Then when he launched into the chorus of his hit song “Take Me to Church,” they joined him as backup singers to his delight and complete surprise…

Xmas Carols with Religion Removed to Avoid Offense…Are Now More Offensive Than Ever

Dec 17, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

If you’re offended by the religion in Christmas Carols, you’re probably taking yourself and your “progressiveness” a little too seriously. But here are some updated songs for you anyway.

Now everyone else can be offended. Merry Christmas…

10-year-old in a Tux Hands Justin Timberlake a Gift on Stage. It Stops the Show…

Dec 16, 2014 By Abraham 0

When a young fan at a recent concert handed Justin Timberlake a small wrapped box, Timberlake paused to open it and to commend the kid for being the coolest guy at the show — which he most certainly was, all dressed up in a white tux.

After Timberlake opened the gift, he had to take a moment to regain his composure…

(The video is sideways at the beginning, but switches midway through.)

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Was Meant to Be Sad, so It’s Perfect in a Minor Key

Dec 9, 2014 By Abraham 0

It’s obvious watching Judy Garland sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis that it is a very sad song, so much so that the wish in the title almost seems ironic. But even for this melancholy performance, Garland deemed the original lyrics too depressing and she asked the songwriter Hugh Martin to edit them.

For instance, the lines you know as…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

…were originally…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past.

Then in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wanted to record it, he asked Martin to edit it again to make it still less depressing, explaining to the songwriter that his new album was titled “A Jolly Christmas,” so the songs needed to be…jolly.

Thus the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” had to go, to be replaced by the more benign, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”

And that’s how we came to the lyrics we know most commonly nowadays.

Despite the bastardizing “jollification,” the song still maintains its original heavy-heartedness, which is why this new version by Chase Holfelder, in which he transposes the music from a major to a minor key, makes so much sense…