Right Turn: A new science twist on those old Christmas favourites

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/22/17

This time of year is special for many reasons, and traditions are a big part of that. It’s risky to mess with traditions; many people look forward to, and value, the familiarity and ritual of repeating something they have done for years, or even decades.

You might think that introduction means I’m heading to the Signals archives to bring you another hilarious holiday video of familiar faces in odd contexts, like CCRM executives dancing the Macarena or Canadian regenerative medicine leaders engaging in a snowball fight.

Well, you’d be wrong.

What I’m railing against is the brazen disregard for tradition perpetrated by the guys over at AsapSCIENCE, along with Jon Cozart, who aren’t so much as messing with tradition by changing the words to some popular songs – they are obliterating the originals. Only the familiar tunes remain.

So, take a deep breath and prepare yourself before watching what happens when scientists rewrite classic Christmas songs. Sure, you can admire their creativity and clever writing, and their musicality, but I should also warn you that these lyrics are a real downer! Who knew scientists could be so bleak?!

In all seriousness, happy holidays and best wishes for the new year! Thanks for being loyal readers (or new readers) and we’ll see you back here in 2018!



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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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