Monday, December 17, 2012

Music Therapy with Miss Moon

" Winter makes a bridge between one year and another..."
~ Andy Goldsworthy

" Every mile is two in winter."
~ George Herbert

" Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."
~ Pietro Aretino

After 30+ years of living in New York City year round, you would think I would have acclimated to the colder months. But alas, I was not meant to live in the cold and snow.

I am trying to rethink my opinion of winter, and for me the best way to do that is to think of songs that invoke a positive happy feeling of the season. Thus, this week's Music Therapy with Miss Moon post.

Those of you who grew up watching "A Different World" will recognize this version from the episode "Baby, It's Cold Outside", when Whitley and Dwayne dance together to the song. Here's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" courtesy of Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

I really can't stay
But, baby, it's cold outside
I got to go 'way
But baby, it's cold outside
This evening has been
Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice
I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
My mother will start to worry
Beautiful, what's your hurry
And father will be pacing the floor
Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry
Beautiful, please don't hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more
Put some records on while I pour
The neighbors might think
Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink
No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how
Your eyes are like starlight now
To break the spell
I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir
Mind if I move in closer
At least I'm gonna say that I tried
What's the sense of hurting my pride
I really can't stay
Baby don't hold out
Ahh, but it's cold outside

I simply must go
But, baby, it's cold outside
The answer is no
But, baby, it's cold outside
This welcome has been
How lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm
Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious
Gosh, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious
Ooh, your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more
Never such a blizzard before
I've got to get home
But, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me a coat
It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand
I thrill when you touch my hand
But don't you see
How can you do this thing to me
There's bound to be talk tomorrow
Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will plenty implied
If you caught pnuemonia and died
I really can't stay
Get over that old doubt
Ahh but it's cold outside

Where could you be goin'
When the wind is blowin'
And It's cold oustide

Baby It's Cold 
Cold Outside

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