By Jim Fusco:
Part 4 of this four part Laptop Sessions extravaganza comes to you with another Christmas song!
This classic tune by Bobby Helms has been covered by almost every artist since the song came out. But, I figured the Laptop Sessions could use a jolt of a song everyone knows and can sing to. But, you rarely hear an acoustic cover version of “Jingle Bell Rock”, though. Most of the time, you’ll hear a country artist sing it or someone will try to turn it into a slow, crooning song. Not me, though- I stay pretty true to the original song. But, who says that you can’t rock out on acoustic guitar? Of course, I’m using my nylon-stringed (or “gut” stringed) classical guitar that I bought while on vacation in Italy with one of my dearest friends. I don’t think many people would associate a classical guitar with “Jingle Bell Rock”, but I like to make my acoustic cover videos have an intimate setting. It allows me to sing at a nicer volume without having to worry about getting drowned out by my steel-stringed acoustic guitar.
As far as Christmas songs go, you can’t get more popular than “Jingle Bell Rock”. Sure, some Christmas songs may be AS popular as this classic Bobby Helms tune, but this song is instantly recognizable. Well, that’s kind of a given, seeing that you’ll probably hear it about a hundred times each Christmas. A few years back, my free internet radio station, WCJM Internet Radio, did a Christmas show where we wanted to find out what the best original Christmas song was. I chose the term “original song” because so many classic standards like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town are simply untouchable. We at WCJM Internet Radio wanted to find out which Christmas song other than those standards was the best. And, whatever song won would be “retired” as a classic itself. Well, “Jingle Bell Rock” was very close to the top of the list. Oh, you didn’t think I would just give the list of the Best Original Christmas Songs away here on the music blog, right? You’re going to have to head over to WCJM Radio by clicking here to find out for yourself! Remember, all WCJM Internet Radio programs are absolutely free to listen to online. They’re hilarious and I know you’ll become an instant fan.
So, sit back and sing along to this Bobby Helms Christmas cover song music video- it’s another step on my journey to make your holiday season great!