Or at least it will be, tomorrow!

“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” by Barry Manilow and Marty Panzer, sung by Barry Manilow:


Video posted by Erie Alcantara

Why do I always feel the need to make excuses for bringing up a Barry Manilow song? In my youth, although I was a fan, I was known to say that Manilow had one fast song and one slow song, each with many titles–but it’s not true. It’s more, I think, that he sings in a deceptively stylized way; it sounds relaxed and not stylized at all, but it’s still a strong enough style that the songs he sings sound more alike than different. (Not that he doesn’t have a definite music writing style–he does–but there’s also the fact that the songs that he DIDN’T write sound as much like Barry Manilow as the ones he did.)

Don’t believe me? Try listening–really listening–to the same song sung by Lea Salonga:


Video by #LeaSalong

Beautiful, right? Very much like something you’d expect to find in a Broadway show or in an album of pop standards.
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Hey, hey–the holidays are not yet over!

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald:


Video by TheBillie HolidayExperience

According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is “the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy tone because the singer instinctively knows the answer (you’re probably busy).”

So let’s undercut the melancholy with this sweet version sung by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:


Video by HelloGiggles/Zooey Deschanel

Maybe it’s that they’re clearly having so much fun, or maybe it’s that it’s a duet, but one way or another, that doesn’t sound sad or wistful to me at all.

So, um, you know … what ARE you doing? (We’ll be right here.)
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We are glad the Castro family is safe…

and we are keeping their friends and neighbors in our thoughts and prayers:

If you would like to offer further help, you can do so here, where the Lake Pointe Church has set up a page on their site for those who need help and those who wish to offer it.

This fourth day of Christmas…wait, no, third…um…

“The 12 Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser:


Video by Randy of Straight No Chaser

Of course “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was not written by a Jewish songwriter, so far as we know–it’s one of those songs whose creator is generally rendered as “Trad.” (Possibly originally a French Trad.) But I hesitate to call it the “main” melody here, since there are so many other Trad.–and non-Trad.–bits in it. So … erm … It has the dreidel song in it, that’s a Chanukah song, and Chanukah songs all qualify. Yeah, that could be it!

Ah, well, let’s be honest: It’s just here because it makes me laugh. Happy whichever day it is!

Although it’s been said many times, many ways…

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Mel Torme and Bob Wells, sung by Paul McCartney:

Video by Paul McCartney

And as sung by Mel Torme and Judy Garland:


Video posted by theBestArts.com

To all those celebrating, “…merry Christmas to you.”
(And to everyone else, happy Friday!)
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The song does say “Soon it will be Christmas Day”

Is tomorrow soon enough?

“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, sung by Colbie Callait:


Video posted by Rita Spencer

And here is the same song as sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie for which the song was written, The Lemon Drop Kid:


Video posted by TCBNS. (Clip comes complete with non-PC visual “jokes” based on ethnic stereotypes; the movie came out in 1951–not much of an excuse but it is an explanation of sorts.)
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A person can dream, can’t she?

It is warm here in the northeastern US. I mean, right now it’s nasty and pouring rain, but it was over 60°F in New York today, and it’s supposed to be over 70°F tomorrow. Which is ridiculous for December, of course, but then the following song’s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.”

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, in the movie in which it first appeared (Holiday Inn), sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears:


Video courtesy of Marius MC

Or, if you prefer, an acoustic cover of the same by the Castro family:


Video by Michael Castro
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