Warm up for the Holidays.

Luca Fogale is Fresh Independence's Artist to Watch Out for in 2014.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases
May all your Christmases
May all your Christmases be white

With love, Luca Fogale

“White Christmas” is incontestably one of the greatest secular Christmas Songs of all time. Indeed, “White Christmas” is a masterpiece.

Irving Berlin, a titan among American songwriters, penned “White Christmas” in 1940. The following quote by composer Jerome Kern speaks to Irving Berlin’s unparalleled skills and staggering success as a songwriter: “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Berlin wrote over 1000 songs, many of them standards. And, in case you may not know, one of those songs is “God Bless America,” widely considered to be the unofficial national anthem of the United States.

“White Christmas” was composed for the 1942 movie, “Holiday Inn,” a musical based on an idea by Berlin and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Since the movie was about a hotel that was only open on public holidays, it was Berlin’s task to write a song about every major holiday. He found writing about Christmas, however, to be particularly challenging, and this highlights a great irony of the song: that an Eastern European Jewish immigrant wrote one of the biggest selling Christmas classics of all time. In any event, Berlin was clearly up to the task, and, in addition to becoming a standard, the song won the Academy Award for best original song.

Bing Crosby first performed the song for the public on his NBC radio show (the “Kraft Music Hall”) on December 12, 1941. Sadly, it is suspected that the recording of this broadcast may have been lost or inadvertently destroyed. On May 29, 1942, however, Crosby recorded the song for Decca Records, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra supplying a lush accompaniment. (Because the master tape of this recording was damaged from excessive use, Crosby re-recorded the song in 1947. This reissued recording is the version most commonly sold and broadcast today.) The song became wildly successful, and by the end of World War II, was the best selling single of all time.

For many years, “White Christmas” was the best selling single of all time. It dropped to number two, however, after being surpassed by “Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John’s tribute to Princess Diana. Of course, to those who adore Princess Diana and “White Christmas,” statistics such as these are irrelevant. What is relevant is what the songs mean to them. Indeed, every holiday season fans of “White Christmas” derive enormous pleasure from listening to the venerable Bing Crosby softly croon this timeless classic.

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