When anyone claims to have found “the formula” for something, I find myself slightly skeptical. Not because I doubt the importance of formulas in math and science, but when it comes to artistic endeavors, I am of the opinion that formulas eventually lead to “boring.”
Based on the analysis of 200 Christmas songs, a Boston musicologist named Joe Bennett, unlocked the “broad strokes” of “the perfect festive tune.” Generally speaking, the song ought to be in C major, played in 4/4 time at 115 beats per minute; include lyrics about Santa, snow, home, peace and love, and use sleigh bells as part of the instrumentation.
When you put all of it in a blender, you get “Love’s Not Just For Christmas” arguably the most vanilla Christmas song I’ve ever heard. With that said, it’s not bad – the song follows the formula so well that it is instantly familiar, and generates all the appropriate feelings and emotions typically associated with Christmas songs. The only problem is, just as it brings a smile to my face, the song disappears from my ears as quickly cheese at a holiday get-together.
I promise, this will make you smile though … like a baby smiles when it has gas.