Friday Song: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by Dean Martin
Well, well, well…Every year, the first significant snowfall of the year is bearing down on us here in Michigan, and with it the non-stop warnings to be prepared for the end of the world. We’re predicted to get a few inches of snow, which means in reality we might see two, but that’s not stopping the media from issuing one WINTER STORM WATCH warning after another. Every year, it’s headline news. And every year, it drives me kind of crazy.
I guess we need to add ‘a little bit of snow’ to the ever-growing list of things that our politicians and our news media want us, no need us, to be afraid, very afraid of. The politicians need us quivering with fear to keep their jobs. It’s as simple as that. They need the fear, because a freaked-out populace is quick to get behind even the worst of ideas. The media would like us to be afraid, and stay afraid, because scared people stay glued to the TV (and even worse, the internet) to stay up-to-date with the very latest thing we need to be afraid of. And all those eyeballs are money in the bank to the media, who sell our fear to advertisers. You know, their real customers.
I get tired of all the fear-mongering. It ramps up around this time of year, with the fake ‘War on Christmas’ (taken to new heights of absurdity this year with the ridiculous fight with Starbucks over their non-Christmasy red coffee cups) and the fear of snowfall, and the fear of everything else.
Last weeks’ horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris have led our leaders to immediately start trying to pass new laws to keep the Syrian refugees out of the country for fear there may be terrorists amongst them. These refugees are fleeing from horrifying conditions, but sorry folks, you’re on your own. Even though all of the identified Paris terrorists were European citizens with EU passports. 100% European nationals, 0% Syrian refugees. But, by all means, let’s refuse these poor people any refuge. It’s almost as idiotic as going to war with Iraq in 2001 because a group of Saudi nationals attacked the U.S. These terrible events simply act as opportunities for politicians to drive through their agendas that would be seen as despicable under normal conditions. We’re much more malleable as a nation when we’re scared…
…Which gets me back to the fact that it’s supposed to snow a little and the Powers That Profit From It want us to be afraid of it. But, what does this have to do with my Friday Song? Well, it comes down to this. I’m not scared. Not even a little bit. I’m not afraid of Starbucks cups, I’m not afraid of Syrian refugees, and I’m definitely not afraid of snow. I’m in Michigan, it’s mid-to-late November…Snow is what happens around here. Big deal. I’m looking forward to it.
I’m looking forward to it because it gives me the opportunity to listen to some Dean and some Bing and more without the rest of the family giving me strange looks.
This song obviously isn’t an obscurity; ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside‘ is one of the great Winter/Christmastime songs of all times. There’s tons of great versions by so many artists, but this one by Dean Martin is the best. In my opinion. Written by Frank Loessner in 1944, and recorded by Martin in 1959 for his 1959 album ‘A Winter Romance.’ I pick the Friday Song based on how I’m feeling, what kind of mood I’m in. And today I’m feeling like if it snows tomorrow, I’m going to follow Dean’s lead. Watch the snow fall. Light up the fire. Mix up a cocktail or two. Put some Dino on the hi-fi. And not be afraid of everything all the time.
Dean Martin: Cool then, cool now. Cheers!
Too old-timey for your modern ears? Here’s a spiffy remixed version of the tune from a few years ago. Chill.
Here’s a Spotify list of some of my favorite wintery type songs. (Non-Christmas. It’s still too early.)