Clearly, with a foot of snow on the ground, we need another snow song. We could go with the lovely “In the Bleak Midwinter” or pick a 1950s gem like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” We could even pick “Sleigh Ride,” a controversial choice, or the hideous “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
However, I have found a new snow song for you, one I have never offered in my decade of musical advent calendars: “Jing a Ling, Jing a Ling.” The video above features the Andrews Sisters doing a great job with it. It was apparently written by Don Raye, the guy who wrote “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” Paul Smith wrote the music.
I think that a song including a chance to shout, “Ha ha! Ho ho!” like the laughing cavalier is one everyone will enjoy. But consider this: the song includes “winter fairyland,” “cotton candy land,” a slipping and sliding sleigh, and “sweet romancing,” too. How can you resist? Sing this one song and you will have covered all the most important cliches in one mad rush!
Friday was a snow day and I spent a lot of the time working on migrating data from our old CRM to our new one. I put on Christmas music and clicked and copied and pasted and downloaded and uploaded and eventually ate some of the cookies I was intending to take for the concert reception last night.
Today I mostly plan to knit. It is three weeks till Christmas — gasp! — and I have at least half a sweater to go.