“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.)
Deschanel is wrong about one thing, though–the original isn’t by Nancy Wilson, whose recording of the song came out in 1965. The song was written by Frank Loesser (about whom I have already written this year) in 1947 as an independent song,
(Which leads me to believe that Gordon-Levitt has a penchant for Loesser’s music–which is not a complaint, just an observation!)
and it was first recorded by The Orioles a couple of years later.