You can get the MP3 on iTunes by clicking here – just in time for that holiday playlist:)
If it looks like we had fun making this video (which we filmed just yesterday; I edited it on a plane today), your perception is correct. “Last Christmas” is a quintessentially ‘80s Christmas song, so taking it back to a less synthesized era opened up a ton of possibilities for rearrangement. Ultimately, I decided to feature some of our talented ladies of PMJ in an Andrews Sisters-inspired vocal trio, with a surprise tap dance solo for some added holiday magic.
Cristina, Ariana, and Sara all have rich, colorful voices that lend themselves so well to these kind of vintage remakes, as well as having a great onstage chemistry (Ariana and Cristina are even roommates). Although we didn’t have much time to rehearse, all three of them were quick to learn the arrangement, and Ariana – a massive Andrews Sisters fan – came up with a few of the vocal harmonies, as well.
As you can see, I played up the “sister” dynamic between the vocalists and Melinda a bit in this video. Melinda, who can also be seen in the PMJ remake of “Umbrella,” showed her acting chops by mastering the facial expressions of a sulking little sister, jealous of her older siblings that are constantly in the spotlight. Thanks to a bit of holiday kindness on the part of clarinetist Jacob Scesney, it becomes a “Cinderella” story by the video’s end.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Postmodern Jukebox! In all its forms, family is such a big part of the holiday season, and we want you all to know that we consider you family, too. After all, by watching our videos / telling your friends about us / coming to our live shows / sharing your creativity with us, you’ve helped Postmodern Jukebox grow from a few musicians jamming in a basement in Astoria, NY, to a diverse community of performers packing venues all over the world. We are so grateful for your support of #RealMusic, and excited to see what 2016 has store for the modern vintage universe that is Postmodern Jukebox.
Peace and Love,
P.s. You can get last Christmas’ (see what I did there?) “A Very Postmodern Christmas” on iTunes here.
P.p.s. You can get my solo piano Xmas album, “(It’s Beginning To Look) A Scott Like Christmas” here.
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This one’s a fun one. Watch PMJ tap dance sensation Sarah Reich trace the evolution of popular music from ragtime to swing to EDM in our “Evolution Of Tap Dance” tap feature – as seen on #PMJtour! Watch:
As always, Sarah shows just why she is considered one of the best tap dancers in the world – a young dancer that has inspired an entire generation through her work in the art form. She’s always a lot of fun to watch, and this is especially true here, as she demonstrates the full range of her abilities to an ever-changing soundtrack of popular hits through the ages – from “Maple Leaf Rag” to “Uptown Funk.”
We just announced new tour dates – including dates in Canada (finally)! See the list of cities below. We’ll be doing something new on this tour, too. As PMJ has grown to play bigger and bigger venues, we want to also stay in touch with our roots in small clubs. We’ll be splitting this tour between the theatrical atmosphere of the larger venues and a handful of smaller clubs that harken back to the early days on the road – allowing new fans the more intimate, high-energy concert experience that thrilled those lucky enough to be first on the bandwagon. We’ll be offering such diverse opportunities more often, allowing fans to enjoy the full-scale thrill of the ensemble’s larger shows as well as having a chance to get up and personal, let loose and dance in smaller venues – but for now, such standing room only gigs will provide a unique and very special occasion for the fortunate few who manage to grab tickets. The General Admission shows will be marked as “Postmodern Nights.” Tix will be onsale here.