As I typed my last post, I listened to several songs by Doris Day before I chose "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps". There were others that I liked but I only wanted the very best sound quality to be on there.
I know most people never click on the links to the songs but I honestly spend some time to find the very best of what I want to say! Anyway, one of the songs that I listened to was "Baby It's Cold Outside".
I only had a vague memory of that song, but I really liked it in the movie, "Elf" and I have found it for you here. ( Oh, and I really liked that movie too. Will Ferrell is very often even too silly for ME but I thought this was a sweet movie and the innocence portrayed in this film was I thought quite touching. And Bob Newhart as the Elf Dad and Ed Asner as Santa Claus, they are just perfect!)
There have been so many singers that have sung this song. I just saw something that said something like 160 artists have recorded it! It got me to wondering, who WROTE the song? It was written by Frank Loesser. Please read more about him here at www.frankloesser.com "Baby It's Cold Outside"
was in the 1949 movie Neptune's Daughter starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban and it won the Academy Award for Best Song. The interesting thing to me is that he had actually written it a few years before as a duet for he and his wife to sing at their housewarming party for their friends! Wow, imagine going to a party and having a song like that performed for you! According to what I have read, his wife was furious that he ended up using it for the movie. And also, there was a bit of a question that it should not have been considered for the Academy Award since it wasn't WRITTEN for the movie. Since the song had never been sung professionally, it was given the go ahead to be included as a nomination and it did indeed win the Academy Award.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" was his song all the way, he wrote the words and lyrics.
If you go to the link for Frank Loesser above, you will see that he wrote the lyrics to over 700 songs! What an amazing talent. Songwriting is such a wonder to me. How can anyone take words and music and put them together in such a way that makes them last for years and years and they never grow stale and each new generation can enjoy them? (And this applies to all music, not just popular music!) Here is another wonder for me, his daughter, Susan Loesser is a wonderful artist and you can see her work at this site - www.susanloesser.com All of his children must be so proud every time they hear their father's song on the radio. It does make me think though, that of all the singers that have sung this song, and all those who have listened to it, how many of them know who wrote it? Hey, they should all read my blog, right?
And it does get cold and snowy in Georgia, here are some photos to prove it! The cedar tree looks really lovely with the snow, doesn't it? Those are our icy cherry trees in our front yard. Remember them in the snow and I will show you how they look in the Spring. That's a promise!