Monday, December 17, 2007

Rehabilitated Reindeer

There are certain songs we expect to hear every holiday season. Some of them are always welcome, like dear friends. I love to hear Nat King Cole roasting chestnuts on an open fire and Elvis has me convinced his Christmas will be blue, blue, blue, blue without me. I can even grin through a couple of sessions of Grandma getting run over by those pesky reindeer, after which I'm inclined to help them mow her down. Some songs have a limited Use By span that abruptly morphs into Grinchification. One must beware.

Back in 1942, Irving Berlin wrote "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and that classic has been covered by countless songsters ever since. Along about 1954, Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters did their version on Atlantic Records, with Bill Pinkney on the bass lead.

I mention the Drifters cover because that's the one used by a talented cartoonist named Joshua Held when, in 2002, he did a mini-cartoon that's becoming somewhat of a classic itself. A link that takes you to any of several web site locations is bound to come floating into your email Inbox this time of year. Just in case you haven't yet been tagged, I'm happy to share one of the YouTube examples. (You can see more of Held's work at his web site, The Noses.)

Please note the reindeer in this video have been successfully rehabilitated and are properly remorseful for their tacky treatment of grandmothers trying to cross the street. Now if we could just do something about the Clydesdales pulling the beer wagon.

1 comment:

Mage And George said...

Great Drifters indeed. :) Thank you.