Local girl sings Christmas

Here’s a find: what Rolling Stone considers 40 Essential Holiday Albums. The author is obviously wrong. He did not include Bette Midler’s 2011 album “Cool Yule”. Here’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” yet another Irving Berlin composition. It was written in 1937 for the musical “On the Avenue,” starring Dick Powell and …

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Dreaming of Snow

I haven’t posted this in a while (not since 2015, to be exact), and I’d forgotten how cute the cartoon is. The animation was done by cartoonist Joshua Held back in 2002. The song was performed by The Drifters on their 1954 Christmas album. Here’s an interesting note about this version: “We wanted to do …

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What kind of holidays?

Happy ones, of course! If you can’t believe Manhattan Transfer, who can you believe? The song was written by Irving Berlin and turns up in the movie “Holiday Inn,” which is famous for the first appearance of “White Christmas.” Here Manhattan Transfer pairs it with Kay Thompson’s “Holiday Season,” which other artists have done as …

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