‘White Christmas’

The Irving Berlin-Bing Crosby song was introduced in a movie called Holiday Inn (1942). The song was such a huge hit that eventually a movie with that title was made (1954). It’s fun to see it on tv at Christmastime, and nothing starring Bing, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye could be bad. However, you have to ignore some of Berlin’s most idiotic propaganda music, including “What Do You Do With a General When He Stops Being a General?” Ex-generals, explains the lyrics, were margnalized and frequently unemployed. Right, Eisenhower? BTW, too bad the verse to “White Christmas” is never sung.

The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I’ve never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills LA.
But it’s December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.


11:15 pm on December 23, 2008