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
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 artists: Mel Tormé, 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 ?