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Law firms have marked the festive season by releasing music videos which capture the can-do attitude of Covid times, and may require the development of a new vaccine.
Forbes Solicitors' rendition of Last Christmas by Wham! opens with someone who looks a bit like George Michael and even moves like him, although, understandably, there is a difference in production values.
After a spirited opening, 22 other singers in seasonal outfits appear on screen, although only four of the Forbes choir's voices are audible, with the remainder muted.
After the first chorus, a voice booms 'Merry Christmas' and a woman in antlers sinks to the floor, before rising as a kind of Bez figure waving a jingle bell.
The soloists incomprehensibly include an employee who looks and sounds like a reindeer caught in the headlights. As any rational non-singer would be if they were compelled to perform karaoke, sober, alone, on video, for YouTube.
The final chorus is sung acapella by the whole choir and illustrates why most of the vocals were muted earlier on. Not because they can't sing, although some can't, but because it's not easy conducting over Zoom, or stitching together 23 separate performances.
The charming video ends just before the centrifugal force generated by George Michael spinning in his grave can hurl Andrew Ridgely into space.
Forbes isn't the only firm to produce a Zoom singalong this year. DLA Piper's effort, assembled earlier in the pandemic, was the "most watched on DLA Piper TV", apparently. It is yet to be released publicly, but a still reveals the presence of a hep cat.
Shakespeare Martineau has gone very public this Noel with a polished film of CEO Sarah Walker-Smith crooning Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, accompanied on piano, bass and guitar by "soulful Senior Partner" Andrew Whitehead.
It looks expensive and sounds professional, but it also sets a dangerous precedent. Now other management teams have permission to produce their own Christmas singles in 2021, and if the prospect of Managing and Senior Partners having a crack at Slade, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa and Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) doesn't scare you, it should.
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