Christmas is coming

By Ele Walton

Call me crazy for mentioning this now, but the John Lewis Christmas Advert drops in early November each year, and as such we are mere weeks away. It’s (usually) the best Christmas advert out there and a large portion of the credit must go to the music. The formula is simple, take a big classic song like ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ or ‘The Power of Love’, slow it down, soften it a little and voila! Beautiful. Instant. Christmas. Classic.

So here are some recommendations for this year’s John Lewis advert song.

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (Recommendation Nick Mulvey to cover)

When you Google ‘classic love songs’ Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ is the first result, but they already did that one. So ‘God Only Knows’ is number seven. It does what it says on the tin: it’s a classic love song, a softer slower rendition could be nice over some CGI animals and a small child.

Wooden Heart – Elvis (Recommendation Johnny Flynn to cover)

I’m thinking puppets, full on Pinocchio style, and then at the end he’s not a puppet anymore and thus he doesn’t have a wooden heart.

Literally anything by Abba

I think part of the magic comes from the slow recognition of the song which you hear in a totally new way to how you’ve heard it previously. Even original Abba songs are somewhat surprising. Be it ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘S.O.S’ or ‘Chiquita’ many of their songs could bring an interesting twist to the advert and a bit of a shake up to the traditional format.

Scarborough Fair/Canticle – Simon and Garfunkel (Recommendation Birdy to cover)

It’s a classically gentle song with a good message routed in British folklore, and in the hands of a modern artist it could be revitalised. Picture it over sweeping shots of a family at a Christmas market.

And if all else fails…

My final option relies on the fact that both ‘Your song’ and ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ were featured in Baz Luhrman’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. In keeping with this theme; ‘Lady Marmalade’.

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