12 Days Of Christmas: Frank Sinatra's Let It Snow
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2007-12-13 20:59:40
Hey! Hey! We all know what time of year it is. That’s right: non-denominational festive feelings month. What’s that? 94% of our readers celebrate Christmas? Goddamnit. I mean, God Bless ‘Em. So, I should scrap my 12 Days of the Most Unholy Oppressive Acts Committed in the Name of God column? Fine.
Here at Music Blend, we’re going to celebrate the snowy season with a countdown of our favorite holiday-themed songs because let’s face it: there’s a hell of a lot of tunes Jesus would rather shake his saintly ass to than “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Even thinking about that wretched jingle makes me want to purchase books on witchcraft and engage in Pagan rituals. So, without further ado:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Originally written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, “Let It Snow” was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe. The track reached number one on the Billboard charts and was subsequently covered in the following years by everyone from Bing Crosby to Marie Osmond. Great. You can have those versions. They all pale in comparison to Old Blue Eyes crooning “the weather outside is frightful” in a detached, almost bitter voice. Upon close listening, you can actually hear Sinatra counting his money while his backup singers take over.
So, why is a song so obviously recorded solely for dollar bills a classic? Contrary to what smiley-eyed idealists might tell you, Christmas is all about rampant consumerism, putting on a smile, and getting shitfaced in preparation for dealing with your extended family. Frank Sinatra more than represents all those qualities! I can just see him knocking “Let It Snow” out in three takes before picking up Sammy, Dean, and half the mob on his way to blowing three grand at a local strip club while one of his four wives silently cries at home. That’s the true message of Christmas, at least according to the Chairman of the Board. He wouldn’t have had it any other way, and neither would I.
Here’s a nice clip of a completely disinterested Sinatra belting out “Let It Snow”...
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