If you are a student who has just begun to learn to play the piano, you may not have known about the Bofa Edd. The name Bofa may be familiar to you, but for the rest of your family and friends it might seem like the perfect name, since the end is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.
For those who do not know the history of the Bofa Edd, or who have never heard it played, let me begin by telling you what it was called in the first place. It is a song composed by Charles Fennell and performed by Jules St. Martin. It was recorded on December 8, 1903 and became one of the first Christmas recordings ever to be made. It was later released as a piano piece by Arthur Freed and others. This recording eventually became popular on Christmas records and became known as “Jingle Bells.”
It has become popular throughout the years because the tune has become associated with Christmas and the holiday season. In fact, it is still being used to help us remember and appreciate the holidays. For those of you who may not know the song and are unfamiliar with its meaning, the first line of the lyrics says, “When snowballs begin to fall from the sky, all you need to do is to say 'Ho, Ho' and the snow will fall down…”
The song was later used in movies such as the first “The Nutcracker” (although it is not the original version), “Polly and the Three Bears,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and more recently, the TV show “The X Factor.” This popular Christmas song has also been used as background music at many occasions, including weddings, graduations, funerals, and more. For example, the funeral for Michael Jackson included the Bofa Edd as the theme for the burial. If you are unfamiliar with the song, it can be heard in this YouTube video.
It is interesting to note that this song was used in the very first Jingle Bells record. It is also interesting to note that the version played on this record is not the same version that was played over the years until the present day. When this recording was first recorded, it included only four notes and did not have the added vocals and other accompaniments that were used in the recording that was later included on Christmas records. For instance, the song may have not included the opening guitar and/piano notes.
There are so many versions of the Bofa Edd, including versions for other holidays. These days, the original version of the song has become a standard piece of Christmas music.