New York is not expecting snow.

Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining about that! New York snow is only pretty so long as it’s falling. So this is meant neither as an order nor a request, but…

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, sung by Gloria Estefan:


Video from Gloria Estefan – Topic, “Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment”.

Do you know who else has covered this song? … I’ll tell you then: everybody, that’s who. Just search for “Let it Snow” on YouTube, you’ll see.

I mean, really EVERYBODY, including the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. …Well, in a manner of speaking:


Video by jamescovenant. (FYI: The song runs from the beginning until about 1:11;
following is an ad for a game by the clever person who put together the video.)

And as long as we’re looking at a well-covered holiday song by Cahn and Styne, here’s another–“The Christmas Waltz,” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, sung here by Natalie Cole:


Video from NatalieColeMusic; “Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group”.

That song, mysteriously, has not been covered by Captain Picard. But despite that lack, the two songs do have something in common aside from their writers: According to Sammy Cahn, they were both written during hot California summers. “Let it Snow” was written to take their minds off the oppressive pre-air conditioning heat, and “The Christmas Waltz” was written because Frank Sinatra called and asked for a Christmas song.