Graham Reid | | 1 min read
The Warehouse Stationery outlet store near my place in central Auckland is the last place I'd expect to be surprised by the sounds of their muzak.
But a fortnight ago when they played the Beatles' Eight Days A Week it was not just a surprising selection but an enjoyable moment when I looked around at the other customers of all cultural and age demographics.
Everyone, and I mean literally every single person, was smiling.
That, to me, is the power of music.
And then a few days ago I was back there – these damn computers are so demanding of paper, inkjet stuff and such -- and the Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There came on . . . to the same effect.
It wasn't the Beatles.
It was an astonishingly faithful version of the same authentic chords and production, but with a Christmas sentiment.
It was Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by – as it turned out – a Scandinavian band who re-styled themselves as the Rubber Band.
And they have a whole album of Beatles-based songs wound around Christmas songs like Jinglebells, Last Christmas, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, White Christmas and so much more,.
Silent Night to Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds?
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as Taxman?
We need more such amusements.
“won-too, ah-won-too-three-fow . . .”
At Elsewhere we love the Beatles, and love those who reconfigure and sometimes even disrespect their music for amusement.
We are amused!
You can find the Xmas! The Beatmas album by Rubber Band at Spotify here. And it's just Yuletide fun.
And my god we need more fun, right?