I’ll let you into a secret – I hate the song ‘White Christmas’ in its original version. It drones along, a malformed slice of seasonal tedium, just like all the ones we used to know.
But as it has been brought into the world, we might as well get someone to record a good version of it. Sort of stripped back, soulful, nice brass section, schmaltz-free, recorded by someone like, oh I dunno… Otis Redding perhaps ?
Wouldn’t that be worth hearing ?
Carla Thomas is a midwinter child, born around the Shortest Day (December 21, 1942), the daughter of Rufus Thomas, no stranger to seasonal opportunism himself (‘I’ll Be your Santa Baby‘).
Described by some as the Queen of Memphis Soul, she also dueted with Otis Redding (notably on ‘Tramp’) and in 1963 released what may just about be my favorite Tolerable Xmas Record – ‘Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas‘)