Song Sung Two

Hi again, Vixens!!!  Thanks for tuning in for the second song of the Christmas season.

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Ogden City Village, Utah

Today’s tune dates back to 1943.  It has been covered by singers like Perry Como to Frank Sinatra to Kelly Clarkson to Michael Buble.  With so many diverse artists covering it in the last 70 years, a lot of people do not realize that the roots of the song go back to World War II and the soldiers stationed overseas who could not be home to celebrate the holiday with their families.  Hence, the last line of the song:  “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams”.  And with so many of our servicemen and women still serving our country on foreign soil far away from their families, the song’s original meaning holds true for them today.

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New York, 1942 Photo by Alfred Eisenstaed

At this moment, the song can be used as a prayer for the people of Tennessee who have either lost their homes or have been forced out of them because of the horrific wildfires raging near Gatlinburg.  So it was easy to pick the version of today’s song by the Tennessee native who just set up a fund to help the people of her home state who have lost everything because of those fires.  Not surprising for this powerhouse of a woman who is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress and author.  This year marked not only her 70th birthday but her 50th anniversary as an entertainer as well.  One of her other major humanitarian projects, “Imagination Library“, has provided close to 80 million free books to children.

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Courtesy of Imagination Library

She is also one third of an unbelievably great “Trio” and starred in two of my all-time favorite movies, “9 to 5” and “Steel Magnolias“.

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, 1989

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Sa-woon x 2 on day 2!!!

So as you listen to her beautiful rendition of this song, please say a prayer for our servicemen and women & all the people being displaced by the wildfires.  Let’s hope they are all safe at home soon.

Dolly Parton:  I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!

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RIP Rosie!!!

 

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Picture Courtesy:  Photo AP/Jim Cole

The woman who posed as the model for “Rosie the Riveter” (a/k/a Mary Doyle Keefe) passed away on April 22, 2015 at the age of 92.  She was one of the first great (and beloved) female icons.  That generation of women taught the world what patriotism was and how to truly show support for the troops.  America needs more women-heck, more people like her.

Thank you, Norman Rockwell, for seeing her worth and giving her a proper place in history.

And thank you, Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb, for writing the 1940’s song honoring these exemplary women:

She was as proud as a girl could be
There’s something true about
Red, white, and blue about
Rosie the Riveter