Grace Notes: Music of the Week – Arrival of the John Lewis Christmas Advert!

So it’s not Christmas yet. Yes, it’s getting colder, but I think the display of decorations in various shops and on streets is a tad premature. The one thing that doesn’t frustrate me , however, is the John Lewis Christmas Advert. Every year without fail it tugs at the heart strings and brings a tear to my eye. This one is no different.

It follows the story of a young boy and his penguin companion (called Monty) playing in the park, on the trampoline and making dens. After Monty sees a couple in love on the tv, he gets lonely and keeps looking longingly at other couples he sees out and about. In a heart-warming finale however the little boy gets Monty a girl penguin for Christmas! There’s then a view from the mothers perspective, and you see that the little boy actually has two cuddly toy penguins and the end shot shows the words ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’.

What helps to make this (and every previous advert) so emotional is the music. For the last few years they have used older songs but with modern artists and this year follows that same pattern. The song is ‘Real Love’ by John Lennon sung by Tom Odell who has a very smoky voice and really enhances the story. It begins with just voice accompanied by piano playing very simple chords. Towards the end of the song, some high strings join (to add an extra slice of poignancy) and then fade out so we’re left with voice and piano again. The song emphasises the simple pleasures of Christmas and draws the audience into  the story that is unfolding in front of them.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog! Also apologies for not posting a ‘Music of the Week’ blog last week. I was doing a lot of travelling and so listened to an awful lot of different music and didn’t feel that anything had really jumped out at me. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for my next blog.

*I don’t own this video

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