God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is the second track from Annie Lennox‘s 2010 album “A Christmas Cornucopia”. The video was directed by Julian House & Julian Gibbs and the style used was based on old cards and photography.
Julian Gibbs is a hands-on director of all forms of film, music videos and commercials – a specialist in green-screen filming, special effects work, an editor, compositor, sound designer, art director and image creator. He heads up the intro-uk in-house post-production team. Julian House is responsible for a broad spectrum of work in music, publishing, arts & advertising. He works across all media, from print to film to sound design. A combination of old school craft and technological skill are the foundation of his design approach.
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is an English traditional Christmas carol. It is also known as Tidings of Comfort and Joy, and by variant incipits. It is one of the oldest extant carols, dated to the 16th century or earlier. The earliest known printed edition of the carol is in a broadsheet dated to c. 1760. The traditional English melody is in the minor mode; the earliest printed edition of the melody appears to be in a parody, in the 1829 Facetiae of William Hone. The carol is referred to in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 1843: “…at the first sound of ‘God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!’, Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost.”
All images © Annie Lennox – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen