24 Nov 2008

Festivities

From now onwards, I'll be using proper punctuation. Just to practise before typing essays on the computer.

Right now I'm watching Die Another Day, another of the Bond movies. Recently I also watched Quantum of Solace, which critics claim show the best of Bond. Previously people were all protesting over the replacement of Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and yet now everyone doesn't mind having a blond Bond, joke unintended.

Most of the theme songs that go with the Bond movies, if not all, land onto the top spots in the music charts. Even the latest one, Another Way to Die, became famous. Although the title reminds me of Die Another Day. Hmm...

Today during guitar session, We were given christmas songs to learn. And one of them was, surprise, Jingle Bells. (Probably not so bizarre, since christmas will arrive in about 30 days and 5 hours. And I don't need a countdown timer on my blog to tell me that.) Today was also the last guitar session of the year. Something else to celebrate to warm up the crowd.

The other song was just as popular: Frosty the Snowman. I've searched for info on it in Wikipedia (hey, it does have lots of information), and this is what I got:


  • The song was written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson.
  • It was first recorded by Gene Autry (The Singing Cowboy) and the Cass County Boys in 1950.
  • It adapted to other media, including a cartoon.
  • Walter Rollins admitted, many years later, that initially the concept of this song was written as a cautionary tale pertaining to the scare of "nuclear winter" and it was said that nuclear fallout mixed with the snow and children's dreams of a world without war were what brought Frosty to life, but the publishers and Gene Autry thought that the song would have more commercial value as a children's Christmas song. Not such an innocent song after all...


Like the last time, here are the lyrics to this Christmas classic (source):


Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose,
And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head,
He began to dance around.

Oh, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me.

Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, 'Let's run and
we'll have some fun
now before I melt away.'

Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler 'Stop!'

For Frosty the snowman
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
'Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day.'

Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.


Don't forget to spread the festive joy this Christmas!

(Totally unrelated: I found this nifty tool called Stopwatch. No, it does not measure how fast you run, but how fast a webpage loads. Quite useful for helping you to make changes to your website...)