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Ann Mitchell: Music & Video

Jingle Bells

November, 2007
arranged by Paul Gaspar


     Vocals - Ann Mitchell

     Piano and Trumpet - Paul Gaspar

     Bass - David Pinto

     Drums -  Bob Livingston 


     Review  of JOY! from Rochester City Newspaper


                       Paul                     Ann               David


James Lord Pierpont originally composed his song in 1850. Pierpont wrote the song there, at the former Simpson Tavern, now 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square. According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town's popular sleigh races during the 1800s.

"Jingle Bells" was originally copyrighted with the name "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1857 It was reprinted in 1859 with the revised title of "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh".
According to music historian James Fuld During the New England winter, in pre-automobile days, it was common to adorn horses' harnesses with straps bearing bells as a way to avoid collisions at blind intersections, since a horse-drawn sleigh in snow makes almost no noise. The rhythm of the tune mimics that of a trotting horse's bells. However, "jingle bells" is commonly taken to mean a certain kind of bell.


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