It’s that time of year where video editors and filmmakers of all ages dream of emptying their stockings onto the floor and finding a pile of quality, holiday production music perfectly suited to the contexts of their footage.
Oh sure it’s easy wherein you have the perfect 1950’s traditional scene where the children are innocent and wide eyed and still have not had the experience of Marilyn Monroe’s centerfold, dad’s wearing a suit while he smokes his pipe (he has experienced Marilyn Monroe’s centerfold) and mom is baking enough sweets to to put the Green Bay Packers and two generation of their offspring into a diabetic ward for the next 70 years. For that, you just grab your traditional holiday music, and load in the first one that brings a tear to your eye as it reminds you of the time that you wanted a bike and got an ugly sweater and some socks.
But what if dad’s pipe has something other than tobacco in it, mom’s doing shots of Jagermeister at the lesbian neighbor’s house while getting a tattoo, and the kids are more jaded than a sailor after a week’s leave in a New Orleans brothel that is located over top of a crack house. On top of that, the rest of your score sounds as if it were created by a guy with half of his head shaved off and body piercing that leads to comparisons with the World War II navy mine that washed ashore on Gilligan’s Island. For that, you are going to need something slightly beyond Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” How about a version of Jingle Bells, that features chunky guitars and turntables?
Or this prog rock tinged, epic sounding rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
What if your main characters are a couple of teen siblings running off to Tijuana on Christmas Eve to spite their parents and lose their virginity. On the way they get sentimental about the good old days before they realized that dad was really the cable guy. They glare out on to the Mexican roads to the sound of this Mariachi-esque Christmas cue.
Then you are faced with a scene that takes place circa 1964 in Memphis and your male lead is still wearing pork chop sideburns and drives a 56 Buick as he flees town for a new life that doesn’t require much book learnin’. The director cuts to a montage of previous Christmases and you need that perfect Booker T thing that also telegraphs Christmas. Well, you are in luck… Try “Away in the Memphis”
or this “Christmas with Santo and Johnny” style cue.
Or that jewelry commercial that features the 20 something couple in front of the Christmas Tree wearing really expensive pajamas. He presents her with the necklace she’s always wanted…because he loves her, or is it because he is guilty about having relations with her sorority sister who was the maid of honor in their wedding…we aren’t really sure but, we are sure that this introspectively sophisticated version of “Away in a Manger” by the amazingly talented pianist, John Beasley will do the job.
By now we think you get the idea
- Retro Christmas Music
- Hip Hop Christmas Music
- Electro Christmas Music
- Rock Christmas Music
- Ambient Christmas Music