The Holiday Tango Lyrics
After two years without a Last Tango in Halifax, Derek Jacobi’s beloved series is back with a Christmas special. However, it remains unclear whether the show will continue.
A fun holiday novelty with tango flair and pizzazz. The addictive tango melody and smart lyrics will have your choir captivated. Perfect for adding movement or staging, this is a true showstopper!
At the turn of the 20th century, massive waves of immigrants from Europe and the Argentina countryside arrived in Buenos Aires. As they came to grips with what life in Buenos Aires really had in store for them, they began writing songs that expressed their feelings of loss and helplessness. The common theme in these tango poems was lost love. The poets usually did not attempt to explain why a woman left them, but they were filled with melancholy for what they had once had.
Pocas Palabras (Few Words) is one such song. A wonderful novelty, it will captivate your singers and audiences alike. The catchy tango melody and the fun lyrics make this a showstopper! This piece will work well with a variety of choirs, and will be particularly effective when sung in minor key. Add choreography, and your performance will be spectacular!
The Sleigh Bells Jingle
The Ronettes ride back into the Billboard Hot 100 with this Christmas classic. A fun, reimagined arrangement featuring a ukulele part and rhythmic accompaniment makes this an instant crowd pleaser!
A rousing holiday novelty, this creative original celebrates the beauty and strength of America. With ample unison singing and contrasting choral speech sections, this piece is an easy choice for any concert program. Add optional triangle parts for extra festive flair!
Featuring an original melody and text based on the classic Christmas song, this enchanting work will become a seasonal staple for any group. With a hushed, mysterious opening, this lovely piece builds to full choral sonorities, tapering to an ending of quiet splendor. A wonderful choice for a special church or community holiday concert. From the collection, So Much More to Sing About! (Ten Songs for Special Times Throughout the School Year) (30/1889H).
It’s difficult to imagine a Christmas without hearing a rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The song’s repetition and tempo are great for kids, and it’s easy to memorize. But it’s a classic for adults as well, especially when Frank Sinatra sings it.
Composer James Lord Pierpont wrote Jingle Bells (originally called One Horse Open Sleigh) in 1857. Although the song is now synonymous with Christmas, Pierpont had no intention of making it such. In fact, he had written the tune to celebrate a sleigh race in his home town of Medford, Massachusetts.
Kyna Hamill, a professor at Boston University, took a deep dive into the song’s backstory. She found documents that suggest the first public performance may have been at a minstrel show in Boston—in blackface. But that’s not all. Hamill also learned that Thomas Stafford and Wally Schirra pulled a prank on Mission Control in 1965 by playing a version of Jingle Bells from space—on a harmonica and actual jingle bells they’d smuggled aboard Gemini 6.
Christmas Time Is Here
‘Cause it’s Christmas time again, and the sleigh bells are ringing. The children are playing all around. And their faces are all aglow. It’s a wonderful, wonderful time of year. When Santa comes along, he brings everyone joy. He’s bringing presents for all the girls and boys.
Originally composed in 1965 by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi for the animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, this holiday tango is still a popular choice. It proves that nostalgia doesn’t have to be saccharine and traditional doesn’t have to be overly familiar.
This original holiday novelty features a catchy tango style melody in a minor key. The hilarious lyrics will have your singers and audience captivated, and the track is perfect for introducing movement with added gestures or as a standalone number. This song has been a favorite of artists from Amy Grant to N’SYNC, and now your choir can enjoy it too! Available in both SATB and SSA, this piece is easily accessible to most levels of ability.