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Christmas Carol Countdown-Day 8

Day 8: Snow by Irving Berlin, from White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. There are many great songs featured in this movie, but very few of them include a Christmas theme, so White Christmas is usually the only song to get airplay. My personal favorite song from the movie is Snow. It captures the childish excitement that we all had at one time when we heard there was snow in the forecast.  As adults who have jobs to get to, pavements to shovel, and cars to dig out, we often moan and groan about impending snow.  Still, when you have nowhere to go and nothing to do, nothing beats the beauty of a freshly fallen, sparkling blanket of snow.  Sit back, relax, and let Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen remind you of everything that is awesome about snow.


Snow

Snow, it won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow
Snow, I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow

Snow, I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow
Snow, oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow

Where it’s snowing
All winter through
That’s where I want to be
Snowball throwing
That’s what I’ll do
How I’m longing to ski
Through the

Snow, those glist’ning houses that seem to be built of snow
Snow, oh, to see a mountain covered with a quilt of snow

What is Christmas with no snow
No white Christmas with no snow
Snow

I’ll soon be there with snow
I’ll wash my hair with snow
And with a spade of snow
I’ll build a man that’s made of snow
I’d love to stay up with you but I recommend a little shuteye
Go to sleep
And dream
Of snow, snow, snow, snow, snow

Muppet Mondays: Blue Skies

I mentioned in last week’s Muppet Monday post that The Muppet Show was my introduction to a plethora of great music. With the lovely weather we’ve been having in our area lately, I was reminded of another one of those songs that I first heard via The Muppet Show: “Blue Skies.”

The Irving Berlin tune was penned in 1926 for Betsy, a Rodgers and Hart musical. The musical was a flop, but the song was a smashing success. It became the first song ever to be heard in a “talkie,” when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer. It has been covered by anyone and everyone over the past 88 years. Of course, no one will ever be able to touch the snappy and harmonious version performed by these adorable prairie dogs on episode 322 of The Muppet Show:

Wishing everyone Blue Skies from now on!