Which I’m not complaining about! (I’m not even complaining about the rain we’re supposed to get later in the week, because, drought-like here.) So don’t take this as an order or even a request, please, but…
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, sung by Carly Simon:
…it must be time for my parade of Jewish winter-holiday-season music. Chanukah songs, of course, and Christmas/generalized-winter-holiday-season songs written by Jews.
(If you were not expecting this, then welcome! You must be new to Castrocopia, always good to see a new face.)
I started with this song last year, too, because it makes such a nice segue from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, especially since both Black Friday and Cyber Monday seem to have continued just-all-week-long. The song? “The Christmas Can-Can,” music by Jacques Offenbach (with a judicious amount of mash-up included), lyrics and arrangement by Walter Chase, sung Straight No Chaser:
Could I have a moment of your attention before you disappear into a blizzard of parades/football games/cooking/eating/otherwise celebrating Thanksgiving?
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks […] for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
(Yes, I am that corny. Be thankful I did not grace you with The Wiggles’ version–on autoplay.)
Happy Turkey Day, everyone!
*Yes, this is pretty much the same Thanksgiving Day post as last year (and the year before, through time immemorial) (or at least two years back). This makes it a Copia TRADITION, up to and including this note, which is nothing at all like me being lazy. Happy Thanksgiving!
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This really was the “Hallelujah” TV cover that started it all. In 2008, when Castro performed a vulnerable acoustic version on Idol’s top 16 week, judge Simon Cowell noted that the late Jeff Buckley’s 1994 rendition was one of his favorite recordings of all time. This resulted in a huge sales spike for Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” propelling it to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart. The single was later certified platinum, 14 years after its original release and 11 years after Buckley’s death; at the time, this was the biggest digital sales spike for a song performed by an Idol contestant. Cohen’s original and a version by Rufus Wainwright also received sales boosts, and Castro himself appeared briefly in the top spot on iTunes chart (he was removed due to Idol producers not wanting to favor any one contestant; it was a very different world then). Eight years later, Castro’s “Hallelujah” is still considered one of the greatest performances in American Idol history.
“Hallelujah” has also been recorded by Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, k.d. Lang, Bon Jovi, and countless contestants on American Idol (including season seven contestant Jason Castro, who had a minor hit with it and created another moment for Buckley’s version).
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