You’ve heard it now every Christmas for a while, but Mariah Carey’s song All I Want for Christmas is You seems to be more than just a smash holiday hit, it’s also a good way to get goats milk. To better explain this strange line a British goat farmer found that when he played Mariah Carey’s hit song his goats tended to produce more milk than ever. In comparison if he played the Alvin and the Chipmunks for the goats the milk production came almost to a halt. That’s odd in and of itself but kind of amusing since it must mean that even goats love the sound of Mariah’s voice and find it soothing enough to produce more and more milk. Odd but somehow true.
Unless you’re into goat milk or the products made by it I suppose this wouldn’t be news but it seemed interesting at the time despite the fact that it happened back in 2010. What’s more interesting though is to think that the farmer might have found a way to keep his animals productive for all these years by playing that simple tune again and again every holiday, hopefully not all year, to increase the milk supply. Perhaps Mariah’s voice would work with other tracks as well, though it’s possible that it would cease to work as well if the goats became too used to her voice. Barring that however there are a few other interesting facts to note about the song.
For one, Mariah Carey never wanted to do a Christmas album. At the time she was asked she was still 24 and didn’t want to be lumped in with all the other celebrities that had done such a thing. Try to recall that back then the idea of doing a Christmas album was for celebrities that had little if anything else to fall back on at the time and needed that little bit of fame to keep themselves relevant. Mariah wasn’t ready to be counted among that number yet and needed a lot of convincing to put her name on something that she might have felt would suicide her career. Lucky for her that her husband and manager at the time convinced her to do this, otherwise she would have missed out on a huge opportunity to make a massive amount of money every holiday. Seriously, do you know how much she makes when this song is rolled out?
The song itself only took 15 minutes to write. The songwriter even admits that it’s not a grand masterpiece, but that’s what makes Christmas songs so wonderful. They come out once a year for a short period of time and aren’t meant to be anything but fun, simple songs that everyone can enjoy. Making it too complicated would negate some of the joy of it and would turn people off to the experience. That’s why this song is so exceedingly simple and easy to learn.
It’s interesting to learn that Mariah didn’t want to do this in the first place, and that her voice makes goats produce more milk. On a scale of 1 to 10 I’d say the goat milk phenomenon rates just a little higher.
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