Silver Bells

Silver Bell by Charlie O'Shields - Doodlewash

 

So on our last vote, we had a perfect tie again! Since I barely had time to doodlewash, I needed to figure out a solution and this is it. Here we have something that makes festive noises that is also the star of the song called “Silver Bells,” that popular Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. I realize the song refers to bells in the plural form, but I only had time to make one. However, if you cross your eyes while looking at this one, you will see not one, but two lovely bells, so the problem is quite easily fixed really.

What I thought was fun about the song “Silver Bells” is that the writers had originally named it “Tinkle Bells” to which one of their wives said, “Are you out of your mind?” Better than this little gem of a story is the fact that Wikipedia has to explain the joke by dryly stating that “the word is slang for urination.” Something tells me that with the original title we wouldn’t still be enjoying it today, no matter how catchy the little melody. It would be a strange world indeed if people saw it fit to turn “Pee Bells” into a Christmas classic.

Additionally, the co-writers can’t agree on the inspiration for these bells. One of them says they are inspired by the Salvation Army bell ringers and the other says it was just a bell that sat on their shared desk. I’m thinking the first writer simply had a better background in public relations and embellished the story. Also, the other option raises too many needless questions for a single interview like, why did they both share a single desk and what the hell did they need a bell for anyway?

This isn’t one of my favorite songs, because it sounds like an old record that’s playing on the wrong speed. It’s like the entire cast of The Lawrence Welk Show took too many Xanax, washed them down with whiskey, and started to sing. It’s sung so slowly it actually feels like time has stopped and life has started to move in reverse. Or perhaps it’s just my short attention span. Either way, I’m not a fan. But give me a little Brenda Lee’s Jingle Bell Rock and I’m happy as a partridge in a pear tree!

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34 Comments
  1. Marcus 2 years ago

    This is a “spur of the moment” doodlewash?
    wow!

    ps – ‘Silver Bells’ is awesome with a calypso beat…

    • Author

      This was actually a “fly by the seat of your pants” one! Hehe…I had less than 30 minutes to make the whole post this time before rushing off to a holiday party! 😊🎄🍷hmmm…a calypso might be able to save it …lol

      • Marcus 2 years ago

        it’s the way I’ve played it for years
        … ok, decades – but who’s counting?
        (hope the holiday party was a blast!)

      • Author

        It’s the only way to play really… makes life more exciting! And the party was super fun… just feeling the effects this morning a bit. Super sleepy! 😊lol

  2. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    OMG – too funny! Nice job with the silver ~ I prefer me some Johnny Mathis, myself.

  3. Jacob 2 years ago

    Woes, not *another* tie! Perhaps when this happens, you should let Philippe have the deciding vote (that is, if he’s not already among those voting?) If not him, perhaps Phineas can help 😉 A fabulous doodlewash. That looks a pretty intimidating object to try and paint under time pressure, but you did it so well!

    I must share your lack of enthusiasm on this Silver Bells song. It’s not one of my most played, though there are definitely far (FAR) worse available. Hit me with some ‘Sleigh Ride’ or ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and the festivities shall begin! 😛

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!! 😃Nope…neither Philippe not Phineas ever vote so that could work! Lol This one had to be knocked out before I dashed off to a party. I had considered adding the customary red ribbon, but I didn’t have any time for that, so I left it naked. And yay to that songs!! Anything with a little pep just feels happier. Some Christmas songs sound like they should be played at a funeral.

  4. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Oh such a silvery and lovely bell. Love your funny writing. I do remember the Lawrence Welk singers singing Silver Bells! 😍

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 They actually still play rebroadcasts of the Lawrence Welk show on one of the public televisions stations. I was changed channels once and stopped on it …it was so weird!! I couldn’t stop watching it!! Lol

      • Sharon Mann 2 years ago

        Haha, I watch LW too, sometimes. I love to see the Lennon Sisters when they were really young, they were so good ! Thanks for the blast from the past memories. 🎄

      • Author

        Hehe! The Lennon sisters were really great! 😃👍🏻Such a time warp that show!

  5. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Oh, Charlie! You had me laughing! 😄😊😃 I will always think of tinkle bells now when I hear this song! 🎶 Perhaps it was a teacher with a bell on her desk? Maybe she rang it when it was time for her classroom to take a potty break?! Lol! 😜 Wonderful bell doodlewash! Like how you painted the reflections. 🌟🌟🌟

  6. Kari 2 years ago

    Lovely doodlewash! There are so many wonderful Christmas songs. I actually like Silver Bells. My husband loves Christmas songs even though he’s Jewish. There just aren’t too many great Chanukah songs. 😁

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃 I do have to admit that Silver Bells is catchy… It’s still playing in my head! Lol And yeah… Chanukah isn’t known for the music. 😊

  7. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Such a fab Doodlewash!

  8. Jodi 2 years ago

    Your silver bell gets a gold star! Ring a ling. Hear them ring. Soon it will be Christmas Day!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jodi!! ❤️😃And yessssssss!!! I’m so ready for Christmas!!! 🎄😃hehe

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        I got my wrapping done this morning! Party to go to tonight. 1st of 4 parties to host at home tomorrow for the week! Bring it! 🙂

      • Author

        Congrats on the wrapping! And wow…you party girl you!! Hehe…will be amazing and fun when you host I’m sure! 😃🎄

  9. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Lawrence Welk and the Lennon Sisters…my mother loved them.
    Let’s leave the dirges behind and rock on to Christmas! (K)

  10. Lol re singers on Xanax and whiskey! :)))) Challenging subject and you handled it well, Charlie! I think the Grinch theme song is probably my favorite hehe. I’m waiting for you to do a partridge in a pear tree next lol!

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks sis!! 💕😃 Actually… “Something from a popular Christmas song” WAS going to be a partridge! Lol Then there was a tie so I had to rethink it! Didn’t have enough time to do a partridge properly anyway though. Hehe 😊

      • Yeah that’d be tough, esp in a tree! Glad to have your shopping done, Charlie?

      • Author

        Hehe…yep! So I was happy for the tie! 😊And yes!! So glad! But now I’m soooo ready to open gifts!! I’m like a little kid. I really can’t wait! Is your shopping done?

      • Yes because I’m just like you and really dislike it lol. I was just telling my husband that if he’s tempted to get me anything else, don’t because I placed a Blick order yesterday when $29 got free shipping! He’s like a little kid too. I’m glad you’re so excited!! Lots of art supplies under the tree for you, I bet!

      • Author

        Hehe….yay to new art supplies! 😉I hope they’ll be some, but not sure! Philippe always comes up with cool unexpected things I never asked for! But I hope something arty is there! Hehe

  11. Cathe 2 years ago

    Another amazing doodlewash. I do like the idea of a partridge in a pear tree…just saying! As for silver bells, your bell is perfect! The song…nostalgic.

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe!! 💕😃Glad you like it! The partridge would have taken more time! Lol 😊 But I might put it up for a vote!

  12. Ruth Bailey 2 years ago

    This post had our whole family laughing and tears rolling down my cheeks.
    I love Christmas music and for my husband’s whole career as a Navy musician, I had to turn the carols off every day when he came home. He’d started rehearsing a couple of months prior and had played them all so many times he was sick of them! One of the reasons I’m happy he has retired!

    • Author

      Awww that’s awesome!! I’m so glad you liked this post, Ruth! Hehe 💕😃 And that’s so cool your hubby was a Navy musician! Though I bet he was soooo done with those tunes starting that far in advance! 😳lol Glad he can (hopefully?) enjoy them again now! Hehe

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