Anna Kendrick and Jimmy Fallon played a classic Christmas song on classroom instruments
We’ve love The Tonight Show’s classroom instrument segment, and we’re so happy it’s back in time for the holidays! Jimmy Fallon and Anna Kendrick used classroom instruments to play “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” but managed to make it better than ever, by having Darlene Love — the original singer of the tune — join in. The song originally released back in 1963, and Love proved that she’s still incredibly talented.
Back in 2010, Rolling Stone named “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” as the top rock Christmas song of all time, stating that “nobody can match Love’s emotion and sheer vocal power.” Adding in Kendrick, Fallon, the Roots, and a variety of classroom instruments makes it even more of a powerhouse Christmas tune.
During her interview, Kendrick said the singalong was a big moment for her. “Remember earlier when we sang with Darlene Love? Oh, my God! That was the best!” she said to Fallon. “I was watching backstage and I was like, I can tell that I’ve got that crazy nervous energy where I’m so excited but I’m so nervous that I just need bubble wrap to be like, ‘Ooh!'”
You can see how jazzed Kendrick is during the performance.
Love seems equally as impressed with Kendrick’s vocals, meaning that perhaps this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
It makes sense that Kendrick would want to sing during her performance — she’s reprising her role as Beca in Pitch Perfect 3, which will be released in theaters tomorrow, December 20th. It’s been rumored to be the last Pitch Perfect movie featuring the original cast, which means we might not get too many more opportunities to hear Kendrick’s voice. Yet, after this performance, we think she might want to consider releasing a Christmas album.