Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Lost in the clamor for the neutering of the season is the reality that many of our most beloved Christmas tunes were written by Jews. White Christmas and The Christmas Waltz, for starters.
On a scorching hot day in 1945, Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne penned Let it Snow, which hit Billboard's top slot in 1946. Okay, so it isn't quite an actual song about Christmas. But it is. Ask my Ma. She hummed and crooned it in verses and five-bar snatches throughout the holidays. Every so often, she'd sing it in its entirety, often while she was baking holiday goodies or stringing tree lights. It suited her lovely contralto quite nicely.
The piece was written as an up-tempo celebration of new love and fireside smoocherie, but today the song is more of a paean to bygone eras, when Christmas shopping happened downtown.
Nobody does big band today like Harry Connick and this is a superb arrangement of an old time classic.
Photo appears courtesy of LA Is My Beat.