Thursday, December 8, 2011

Song #9

Winter Wonderland

Another fun one for today, you know, for "fun friday" :)
This is probably one of the best versions of winter wonderland.  It doesn't have any weird extra lines or parts to it, it's very simple, and it's fun and upbeat.  It's also sung by one of the most powerful and amazing voices in country music (well, any type of music actually. i think)

Interesting fact about this song:
It was written by a guy named Dick Smith (the lyricist) in 1934, who was in a sanitarium at the time being treated for tuberculosis.  After seeing Honesdale's Central Park (in PA) covered in snow, he was inspired to write "Winter Wonderland"

Also, Parson Brown refers to a Protestant minister.  Back in those days, a "parson" would travel from village to village to perform wedding ceremonies for those who did not have a local minister of their own faith.
But because some saw this part of the song as "inappropiate" for children (deciding to get married in the "spur-of-the-moment"), it was changed, in 1953, to "circus clown".
Although nowadays, you almost always hear it with both stanzas.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. Great song! I always figured the parson part was changed to be more politically correct. I'm surprised it was changed back in 53!