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Freaky Friday: She & Him cover "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

by Nicole Oran   Dec 14, 2013 19:29 PM EST

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At Music Times, we love a good cover song. There's something wonderful about repurposing music and essentially bringing life to another creation. Music is not a rigid and inflexible product but rather a malleable one that allows songs to take on a new life as others reimagine it. Nothing gets a crowd more excited than seeing one of their favorite bands cover one of their favorite songs. The cover song makes music accessible to new audiences, and spreading music is what we are all about.

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Welcome to Freak Friday. Each week we highlight a new cover song that we're crazy about. Have suggestions? Send them our way! This week, we give you...

Song: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Cover Artist: Judy Garland
Original Artist: She & Him

Why We Love it: It's the season for holiday songs, and some are definitely better than others. Some are downright painful. But with a good cover, we can alleviate some of the seasonal. repetitive agitation.The vocal pairing of New Girl Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward has been charming since the get go, and this classic cover they did in 2011 rivals renditions from Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, The Pretenders, and many others. It has an essence of its own, though.

The round, soft sound of Deschanel's voice lends itself to soothing tunes of the season, as she first displayed back in Elf, which celebrates it's tenth anniversary this year. Hard to believe that a young (blonde) Deschanel worked alongside Will Ferrell that long ago, and they are both doing quite well these days.

No, this will not turn into a piece about Ron Burgundy. Surprisingly.

Background: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one of the most classic songs that still resonates today during this time of year. It first showed up in the 1944 movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis when Judy Garland shared her enchanting voice with the world, among many of her historical moments in the musical and film world, and has sense been covered many times. And its been done in a lot of different genres. But She & Him provide a light version of the song, playing up the classic melody.

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