I looooooooooooooove Christmas! I have 8 Christmas trees, 1,000 Christmas carols on my ipod, and I spend about a month’s income every year on presents and other sundries (like more Christmas trees). And so, for this very very special occasion, I am going to do a songs post that is NOT Indian!!!! Although, don’t worry, there is an Indian one going up later today too.
I love this song. When I was little, I begged and begged for my parents to take me to see “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks”, so we took the train into Chicago for the day and saw the windows and the ice skaters and everything else. Bet you didn’t know it was introduced in a Damon Runyon gangster comedy film starring Bob Hope! With, as a special bonus, a little bit of racism!
Speaking of racism, Holiday Inn! I only watched it once, as a small child, because the black-face number is just so so bad that it was disturbing even to a 6 year old. But I remember being fascinated with how Bing knocks the bells with his pipe.
The original version is so low-key, and then they revisited it 12 years later and went way way over the top! But this is the version that my family watches together every single year, so it has a special place in my heart.
Have you ever noticed that most of the Christmas songs, the modern classics, are from WWII? My theory is that you need a certain amount of sadness and darkness to really feel inspired for songs honoring light in darkness and hope for a better future. With that in mind, check out Judy Garland making all of America quietly sob into their popcorn Christmas of 1944.
Skipping over all the other heartbreakers of WWII (“Christmas Eve in My Hometown” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” “The Christmas Song”), let’s go to something fun! I am one of the many many people who find Love Actually a happy making guilty pleasure (I do not feel the same way about Salaam-E-Ishq, although I do like the Govinda storyline), and this is of course the high point.