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Hark! The Holiday Bass is Dropping


Staff Writer

A, A, G, sung with an eighth note barred with a sixteenth note, then slurred to a following eighth with slight vibrato. This sentence itself seems incoherent, possibly even random. But really, this is the technical make up to the introduction of an all time holiday favorite: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey.

Music is an enchanting form of expression that is constantly evolving, and holiday music is especially magical. As the burnt umber leaves of fall tumble off the branches and the fuzzy socks and sweaters come out of the closet, it is officially the holiday season. Pinewood celebrates a variety of winter festivities, but Christmas is one that is hard to beat with its “magical” music. Of course there are staple holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” But with the millennial surge of alternative music, the creative changes are groundbreaking.

One successful artist, 27-year-old rapper, record producer, and music video director, Tyler, The Creator, is changing music as we know it. His music not only has the power to make you jump up and down, but also cry, laugh, smile, and learn. In 2018, he took an even bigger step for the industry by spearheading the soundtrack for the remake of the movie “The Grinch.” He departs from the typical theater- esque composition of animated films by bringing his unique tone and modern, alternative beats to the table.


By incorporating rap and contemporary music composition styles into animated classics, such as “The Grinch,” Tyler is widening artistic boundaries, and exposing children to music on opposite sides of the creative spectrum.

Junior Ethan Walsey’s experiences with synesthesia allow him to pair sounds and music to images and feel a deeper connection to music.

“I like the fact that a contemporary artist that I already love recreated something that took up a part of my childhood,” Walsey said.

This new music is connecting today’s teens to their childhood and laying the grounds for the music of tomorrow, in which people will be free to break convention, just as Tyler has in the soundtrack of “The Grinch.”

So, whether you love traditional carols and jingles or the alternative deep bass and mesmerizing synthesized vocals, there’s something for you, not only in the music world but within Pinewood as well. The Winter Arts Festival and assembly in the first week of December is set to feature both old favorites and newer music, and the eighth grade production of “Elf,” showing Dec. 4-7, will feature bright and cheery holiday music.

Additionally, Pinewood’s own a cappella group, “Take Note,” is scheduled to perform a holiday program during the annual Downtown Los Altos Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 30, along with other choral groups from the area. Make sure to be there to enjoy the festivities and support your local arts! Happy holidays!


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