miércoles, 22 de diciembre de 2010

SEPARADOS AL NACER: BING, DAVID, JOHN Y WILL

Uno de los duetos navideños más populares es el de Bing Crosby y David Bowie, Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy. También es uno de los más frikis ya que cada uno de los intérpretes canta una canción distinta: "Canta chucho que no te escucho".


¿Friki? Sí, porque cuando se emitió el especial Merrie Olde Christmas, Crosby ya había fallecido y porque si el crooner era famoso por sus temas navideños (después de todo, había protagonizado White Christmas con Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen y la tía de George, Rosemary Clooney), Bowie no era una elección obvia.


El programa se grabó en Londres aprovechando que Crosby estaba en Gran Bretaña de gira y, como haría años después Raphael, cantó canciones a duo con artistas británicos. Uno de esos artistas tenía que ser el Duque Blanco, en el que los productores veían como número estrella.


Lamentablemente, la canción escogida por los productores, The Little Drummer Boy (El tamborilero) no era del agrado de Bowie y así lo hizo saber poco antes de grabar su intervención. Los compositores Ian Fraser y Larry Grossman acompañados del guionista del programa, Buz Kohan, buscaron un piano en el sótano del estudio (lo que se suponía que era la villa inglesa de Crosby era un decorado que parecía el Castillo de Drácula) y en menos de 75 minutos escribieron Peace On Earth. Arreglaron la pieza para que encajase con el  ra-pam-pam-pam. A pesar de lo accidentado de su creación, el tema fue un éxito y, posteriormente, un clásico navideño. De hecho, se suele emitir en bucle juntocon Last Christmas de Wham! y Do They Know It's Christmas en las cadenas de vídeos musicales.


Hace poco, los actores John C. ReillyWill Ferrell recrearon la actuación para la web de humor Funny or Die. Resulta más divertido si se ven los dos vídeos al mismo tiempo. Hay unos 13 segundos de diferencia.


David: Hello...... you're the new butler?

Bing: Hahaha! Well, it's been a long time since I've been the new anything!

David: What's happened to Hudson?

Bing: I guess he's changing.

David: Yeah, he does that a lot, doesn't he? Uhm... Oh, I'm David Bowie, I live down the road.

Bing: Oh!

David: Sir Percival let's me use his piano if he not around. He's not around, is he?

Bing: I can honestly say I haven't seen him, but come on in! Come in!

David: But uh...

Bing: Come on in!

David: Are you related to sir Percival?

Bing: Well, distantly...

David: Oh, you're not the poor relation from America, right?

Bing: Ha! Gee... news sure travels fast, doesn't it? I'm Bing.

David: Oh, I'm pleased to meet you. You're the one that sings, right?

Bing: Well, right or wrong, I sing either way.

David: Oh well, I sing too.

Bing: Oh good! What kind of singing?

David: Mostly the contemporary stuff. Do you eh... do you like modern music?

Bing: Oh, I think it's marvellous! Some of it's really fine. But tell me, have you ever listened to any of the older fellows?

David: Oh yeah, sure. I like ah... John Lennon and the other one with eh... Harry Nilsson.

Bing: Mmm... you go back that far, uh?

David: Yeah, I'm not as young as I look.

Bing: Haha, none of us is these days!

David: In fact I've got a six year old son. And he really gets excited around the Christmas holiday-thing.

Bing: Do you go in for anything of the traditional things in the... boy, household, Christmas time?

David: Oh yeah, most of them really. Presents, tree, decorations, agents sliding down the chimney...

Bing: What??

David: Oh, I was just seeing if you were paying attention.

Bing: Haha!

David: Actually, our family do most of the things that other families do. We sing the same songs.

Bing: Do you?

David: Oh, I even have a go at White Christmas.

Bing: You do, eh!

David: And this one. This is my son's favourite. Do you know this one?

Bing: Oh, I do indeed, it's a lovely theme.


And they told me pa-ram-pam-pam-pam

A new-born king to see pa-ram-pam-pam-pam

Our finest gifts we bring pa-ram-pam-pam-pam

Ra-pam-pam-pam, ra-pam-pam-pam

Peace on Earth, can it be

Years from now, perhaps we'll see

See the day of glory

See the day, when men of good will

Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be

Every child must be made aware

Every child must be made to care

Care enough for his fellow man

To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true

For my child and your child too

He'll see the day of glory

See the day when men of good will

Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be

Can it be