Sunday, December 20, 2009
Finnpicks Christmas Special
Almost all the famous carols have been covered in Finnish - hundreds of times over. Every generation of Finnish singers seems to be obliged to do their own versions. Well, here we have 5 Finnish interpretations of well-known Christmas songs. The first one of these originally had nothing to do with Christmas. It was only a beautiful Italian tune "Soleado" performed by Daniel Santacruz Ensemble. In the Christmas 1976 it was a worldwide success for Johnny Mathis as "When A Child Is Born". Before this it was already covered in Finnish by Kisu with the title "Lähdit taakse pilvien" (You went behind the clouds). The other 4 of these seasonal songs are performed by the Finnish 'cover girls' of the 50's and 60's; Laila Kinnunen (Petteri Punakuono/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Raindeer), Brita Koivunen (Hei Kuuraparta/Frosty The Snowman) and Vieno Kekkonen (Rekiretki/Sleighride). In the last song the three ladies join forces and present "Tonttuparaati", which originally was a German military march called "Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade" (Parade of the Brownies). I'm not sure if this tune has been 'christmasized" anywhere, outside Scandinavia.
Finnpicks wishes you all Very Merry CHRISTMAS!
Here's the bunch: