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Monday, January 12, 2015

Frosted Panes

Maybe you also live in places that have been hit by cold and nasty winter weather. Well, it is that time of year. These are some of recent window views.

Here, the worst has been bitter cold temps which have kept the 2 inches of snow we've received during a couple of recent storms around awhile. It's hard for Mr. Sun to make progress when overnight temps go down to 0 or below and daytime temps stay in the teens.


Looking out these frosted windows, I started to think of the first line of a well-known holiday song. (Yes, Christmas is ended for another year, but memories linger.) Would it surprise you to know its title? — The Christmas Waltz — and that it was requested by and written specifically for Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. If you didn't know the lyrics . . .

The Christmas Waltz
(by Sammy Cahn & Jule Style)

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa's on his way
He's filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me

It's that time of year

When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
"Merry Christmas,
May your New Year dreams come true"

And this song of mine

In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

The story goes that Styne called Cahn during a California hot spell and told him that Sinatra wanted a Christmas song, so the two men began work on the project. Cahn asked Styne if there had ever been a Christmas waltz and asked him to play one. Styne did and Cahn began work on the The Christmas Waltz lyrics.

Sinatra first recorded it in August 1954 as the B-side of a new recording of White Christmas, in 1957 for the LP, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, and in 1968 for The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas.
It's been recorded by various artistsMel TormĂ©, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Pat Boone, The Lettermen, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson, The Carpenters, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, and others. Yet, no recorded version ever reached the Billboard magazine charts until 2003 when Harry Connick, Jr. included it on Harry for the Holidays and it reached number 26 on the Adult Contemporary chart during a two-week run.

Are you thinking of any melodies and keeping warm in this New Year ?

14 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I shot some window shot similar. It made me think of a Jack Frost cartoon where he went and painted all with a paint brush. Not sure if it was on Woody Woodpecker Cartoons or Captain Kangaroo, but a long time ago.

Anvilcloud said...

If your windows are frosting like that, they are like ours -- not well made, or beginning to fail. To prevent mold and possible but unlikely cracking, we cover our lousy windows with plastic, and that prevents frosting. Except this year, we didn't get around to doing my den window for some reason, and it got quite icy last week. We should really replace ours, but that's expensive, and the plastic does the trick.

Sandra said...

I did not recognize the lyrics or name so went to youtube and i have never heard it before. bob is a Sinatra fan, will play it for him when he gets home.he might remember it.. i love that first photo. ice art for sure..

W. Latane Barton said...

It's raining today but another blast of cold air is headed our way. Wonder if it will bring snow?

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Has always been one of my faves.
Any systemic shocks re: living in NH after so many years in VA?

Emma Springfield said...

I love the little frost-feathers when the windows first start to frost over. Right now because of the cold temperatures the front door is simply covered with ice.

William Kendall said...

I like the way frost plays around with glass like that. I've only seen that on the outer windows at my place- the inner windows are always clear.

DeniseinVA said...

A pretty view from your window. Love the frosty patterns. Looks like you're settling in up there :)

diane b said...

Brrrr that looks cold but the frosty patterns are interesting.

gigihawaii said...

Pretty snowflakes.
Love Sinatra, too.

Daisy said...

Lovely photos of the frosted panes. Beauty in nature! Interesting story about the Christmas waltz.

Montanagirl said...

Hi Guys. I'm only blogging one day a week, posting and commenting on the one day. So I'm still around, just can't sit at my computer more than one day a week - don't get anything else done. LOVE your frosty photos, and that last photo through the window pane is VERY NICE!!!

Mari said...

Our winter have been fluctuating from low to high temperatures. It was -20 as early as October, been warm just before Christmas and in January it was -30. We've got frost painted windows too. It's been really cold lately.

Leonora said...

I'm so sorry to read about your mother's passing Dorothy. I remember we compared notes and our mothers and they had a few things in common. May God keep you all in His peace.
Keep warm up there! We just got home from NY and it was bitterly cold when we were there.

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