[Originally posted 12/27/10]
I was going to wait until New Year's Eve to write about this, my new favorite song. But Mark Steyn has just surprised us with his own solo cover of this Loesser classic. So now's the time.
I was only dimly aware of this song until I heard about it on Steyn's Frank Loesser tribute. In it he plays a piece of the song sung by Dick Haymes, with Les Paul accompanying on guitar. Haymes' voice has an appealing vulnerability that suits the song well. But I keep wondering: why didn't Sinatra record it? Or if he did, how can I get my hands on it?
Just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I heard this song live; Suzy Bogguss, who appeared at the Birchmere, has made it a part of her Christmas show and recorded it on her new CD. She made my night when she sang it, beautifully. You can listen to a bit of it, or purchase it, here.
Back to Mark Steyn. The arrangement by Kevin Amos is perfect, romantic and jazzy and with a sprinkling of Auld Lang Syne. And the song fits Mark's voice like a glove. Very nicely done. This is my new Steyn favorite. Here's wishing Mark excellent health and a multitude of other blessings in 2011.
Now go listen to this extra-special song of the week, here. You don't have to be a Steynette to enjoy it.
Diana Krall --
Happy New Year.
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