12 Days of Wintry Tunes That Won’t Make You Miserable (Day 9)

So my post tonight is a little late because we were watching the new Matrix movie.

It was…umm…very…meta.

It’s like the people who made it decided they loved the other movies they made so much they were going to make yet another one that was in homage to the previous ones. I honestly can’t tell whether they were taking themselves seriously or not. I can say with certainty that the fourth movie is better than the third one, which we saw again last night. AND which we understood and could follow along better than when it first came out, but which is STILL very much the weakest link in this chain of movies. (When the third one first came out, I thought it was so bad it retroactively made the second one, which I had enjoyed, worse. But I digress.)

Tonight’s holiday earworm is fun and a little strange in that I can’t tell how seriously SheDaisy is taking themselves. I don’t know their work beyond the holidays songs of theirs I’ve heard. I first heard them a year ago with their somewhat mystifying rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Take from all of that what you will.

And enjoy!

12 Days of Seasonal Earworms Worthy of Your Love (Day 10)

Sometimes contemporary music acts take on a traditional carol and do something original with it. Yesterday I heard Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s cover of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” which is excellent and even, the way The Boss sings it, kind of soulful.

Recently I heard — for the very first time ever because I’m confident I would have remembered it otherwise — “Jingle Bells” by SheDaisy. This is a musical act I’d never heard of before, and their rendition of this song has been praised by some as being “original.” Well, it certainly is that. I found it, honestly, to be ridiculous. Overacted and beyond “soulful” for a song that is only a tiny bit of absurd fun on its own.

But the more I listen to this cover, the less bonkers I find it. I won’t say it’s grown on me yet, but we are definitely in danger of that.

And since the other song I thought about doing today had a story to go with it that became quite dark right away, I’ve decided to go with SheDaisy. Have you ever heard of them? If so, let us know all about it in the comments.