Just give it a couple of days…

“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” by Barry Manilow and Marty Panzer, sung by Barry Manilow: Video posted by egaygigi Yeah, yeah, I know, Barry Manilow, yadayada. But did you listen to the song? Because it’s really good. Try listening to the same song sung by Lea Salonga: Video posted by LeaSalonga–Topic (Provided to YouTube

Is it too late to ask? Or too early? Or…

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by Barbra Streisand: Video posted by ChristmasCottage’s channel 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

Latkes!

Tonight will be the third night of Chanukah, and since my family has not yet had latkes at dinner, I bring what I hope will be some inspiration–the Maccabeats singing “Latke Recipe,” lyrics by Spencer Garfield: Video by Maccabeats Videos There is also a demonstration video version: Video by Maccabeats Videos

May your days be merry and bright

We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.” “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors: Video

One songwriter, so many Christmas songs

Three examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you heard me): Video posted by DestinysChildVEVO “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Bill Haley: Video posted by PEARLY “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Sufjan