Thursday, December 8, 2011

12-8-11 Christmas Song(s) of the Day #8: Frosty the Snowman

Oh Frosty, how could you know that someday there would be dissertations written about you as metaphor: the ephemeral nature of childhood, the cyclical acceptance of life and death, themes of love and loss and the eternal hope for resurrection.

Ok, I am refusing to go searching to see if anyone has actually taken this beloved children's tale to that extreme. Because I know that that have. I have taken too many graduate courses in children's literature to hope otherwise.

But Frosty is just plain fun.

He was a 1950 follow-up to Gene Autry's Rudolph hit the previous year and the third in the trifecta of Autry classics.

Leon Redbone and Dr. John

can't help it. Ella, again.

Most played version according to my iTunes, though, is The Ronnettes

and getting out of the 50s & 60s... Fiona's version

I was never a huge fan of the Rankin and Bass television Frosty, but the animated short shown every year on WGN since 1954 is a keeper:

(yes we're back in the 50s again!)


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