Time for some comedy.
Kaboom Percussion are a fun percussion duo from Australia. They formed in 2014 in Perth, Western Australia and perform for students in schools across Australia and New Zealand. They specialise in performing percussion pieces on unusual items and, as they say, they will hit anything and make a tune of it. The members of the duo are: Catherine Betts, who studied percussion at the University of Western Australia; and Joshua Webster, who studied at the WA Academy of Performance Arts.
Christmas Medley on Plastic Bottles is the festive video for this year from Kaboom. It is a medley of seasonal songs that are played a series of plastic drink bottles that have been tuned to the scale so that they can play melodies.
The tunes included are:
Sleigh Ride was originally released by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1949 as a single, with The Andrews Sisters releasing the first vocal performance in 1950. It is about going on a sleigh ride together with someone you want to snuggle up with.
Carol of the Bells was originally a Ukrainian song, Shchedryk (The Generous One), based on a traditional chant, English lyrics were published in 1936 and was first recorded by the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1946. It tells how bells ring out bringing cheer to those who hear them at Christmas, with a tune that is reminiscent of a peel of bells.
All I Want For Christmas Is You was originally released by Mariah Carey for her 1994 album, Merry Christmas and was released as a single. It is a Christmas love song where the singer only wants to spend time with her lover and isn’t interested in presents nor the other trappings of Christmas.
Winter Wonderland was originally released by Richard Himber in 1934 as a single. It is about a couple who are walking through the snowy countryside, build a snowman that they pretend is Parson Brown, who they will get to marry them.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a piece of the ballet The Nutcracker that was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was originally recorded by Judy Garland for the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis. The original version was about looking forward to a greater future but was later modified to change the focus towards celebrating current happiness.
Frosty the Snowman was originally released by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys as a single in 1950. It tells the story of a snowman called Frosty who is brought to life when the children who made him place a magical silk hat on his head, Frosty and the children have a number of adventures and then Frosty has to leave but promises to return again.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is a popular Christmas song that was written in 1934 and has been performed by many artists, in many different styles, since. It is a warning to children to be good because Santa Claus is on his way with presents for good children and is watching all of the time.
Feliz Navidad [Merry Christmas] was originally released by José Feliciano on his 1970 album Feliz Navidad. It’s a simple song that wishes you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas was originally a hit for Perry Como in 1951. It is about the lead up to Christmas describing the stores, the parks, what presents people want, and the decorations on your own front door.
Jingle Bells is a traditional Winter song, strongly associated with Christmas time, that was originally published 1857 and has since become one of the best known and most loved songs at Christmas. It is about enjoying riding on a Sleigh and singing.
While Catherine and Joshua are clearly have fun playing the plastic bottles they give us serious renditions of the tunes, even though they are playing on such a ridiculous instrument. The tuned bottles are an much more melodious instrument than you would think with beautiful clear tones and the players make them sound beautiful.
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