Winter Holiday Music Is So Jewish

I'm a baby-boomer.  American-born Mom was the child of Polish Jews scrapping by through the Great Depression in the land of plenty.  They lost everything.  Nothing went to waste ever again.  We barely threw a garbage bag out once a week. Her favorite times of year were the baseball and holiday seasons.  She loved wintertime songs, so many written by Jewish immigrants and their firstborn.  The music reminded her of good times during a rocky early life.  Judy Garland's rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" captivated Mom.  Carl Sigman's 1949 lyrics to "A Marshmallow World," performed by Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Arthur Godfrey, and half-dozen more artists, always brought a smile to Mom's face: It's a marshmallow world in the winter When the snow comes to cover the ground It's time for play, it's a whipped cream day I wait for it the whole year round... Oh, The...(Read Full Article)

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