December 11th – Jingle Bells

Song: Jingle Bells
Album: Brad Paisley Christmas
Performer: Brad Paisley
Writer: Traditional
Year: 2006

Jingle Bells is an essential christmas classic. Brad Paisley takes it to new levels in this countrified instrumental rendition of the tune. He repeats through the form multiple times and treats it as an extended guitar solo. Some really fun stuff happens. On each repeat there’s an added beat before the traditional “hey!” which rhymes with the line “oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.” I’m also in love with the chromatic baseline at the top of the 5th time through the form which ends out with the comical “five golden rings” melody. This is a super fun rendition of a song you’ll hear a thousand times over the holidays.