Dec 5, 2011
In late October I called your attention to A Celebration in Time, which brought together the varying sounds of pianist Oliver Jones, singer Ranee Lee and backing groups the Daphnee Louis Singers and Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir for an album with a celebratory spirit. Ms. Lee sings a lovely version of "The Christms Waltz" (Click here), the featured song for today. Ms. Lee is a Canadian singer, and her work seems to be under appreciated here in the States. She won a Juno (Canadian version of Grammy Award) for her Album Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs in 2010. A hihgly versatile artist, she has played drums and sax as a sideman (person?), acted on stage as Billy Holiday in Lady Day, and is a published author of children's books.
It's ironic that this Christmas tune was written by the Jewish songwriting team of lyricist Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) and composer Jule Styne (1905-1994). Check out this article by Nate Bloom entitled "The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs", which states that 12 out of the 25 most popular Christmas songs were written or co-written by "verified" Jewish composers.