Why this tune?
I’m preparing this week for a New Year’s Eve gig, and always looking for some new New Year’s tunes to add to the set list. My musical partner Barbara Papendorp has also been looking, and found this obscure Irving Berlin song he wrote for the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.” There don’t seem to be many recordings of this delightful song since. Perhaps it was upstaged by “White Christmas,” another much more famous song Berlin wrote for this film.
I think the message in the lyrics is appropriate as we approach the new year with cautious hopes for better days: “Let’s watch the old year die / With a fond good-bye / And our hopes as high / As a kite”
Here’s hoping we all can start the new year right in 2022!
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