Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"winter wonderland" revisited...

so, i was walking to the train this morning, listening to harry connick jr's "when harry met sally" soundtrack, and i came to something of a stunning realization upon hearing his version of 'winter wonderland.' and here it is...

" face unafraid the plans that we made..."

now, i dunno, maybe it's because i've been watching 'the lord of the rings' trilogy for the past four nights in a row, but... that's kind of a weird-ass thing to put into an otherwise chipper holiday song, enit?

i mean, maybe i'm just being paranoid, but what's there to be afraid of? the whole rest of the song, we're singing about sleigh bells ringing, and snow that's glistening, and parson brown, blue birds and new birds, and then out of nowhere-- boom! "don't be afraid!!!! we got a plan and we're gonna stick to it!!!!"

i don't know if i can ever hear the song the same way again. yesterday it was a pleasant little ditty about snowflakes and smiling faces. but now it seems to me like a cationary tale of some sort. like a terribly worried parent facing an impossibly difficult situation, trying to distract his child from trauma by making up a story...

"it's okay, sweetheart, no need to panic! nothing dangerous around the corner! hahaha! we're walking in a winter wonderland!"
"dad...? it's august."
" the meadow we can build a snow man!!!"

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) harry connick jr. i love that guy. the dude almost single-handedly introduced me to jazz. saw him in concert in philadelphia years ago-- still one of the best shows i've ever seen.
2) billy crystal.
3) the pictionary scene in 'when harry met sally'! LOL! kills me every single time i see it! "baby talk?! that's not an expression!" "oh, yeah, but 'babyfishmouth' is sweeping the nation!"
4) walking into some random deli in new york city a decade or so ago, knowing that i had never been in there before but not being able to shake the feeling that i knew it from somewhere. yep. it was the "i'll have what she's having" deli! :)
5) not being able to walk around the met without repeating, "waiter? there's too much pepper in my poppycosh. but i will be proud to partake of your pecan pieeeee! your pecan pieeeeeeeeee!"

song of the day...
"love is here to stay" by harry connick jr.

movie of the day...
"when harry met sally..." over twenty years later, and i still can't talk about that movie without wanting to see it again.


  1. I agress about Harry...he can really belt out that music.
    More about the post, if you read the stanza's before they say:

    In the meadow we can build a snowman,
    Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

    He'll say: Are you married?
    We'll say: No man,
    But you can do the job
    When you're in town.

    Later on, we'll conspire,
    As we dream by the fire
    To face unafraid,
    The plans that we've made,
    Walking in a winter wonderland.

    I think they are less afraid of their daydreams. They are kids playing in the snow and making things up, as kids often do while they play. They are not afraid to continue with their makebelieve. I could be completely off here.

  2. A. Yes, I think you are delving a little too deep into lyric analysis on this one.

    2. Harry Connick, Jr. is one of my absolute favorites. I got "Your Songs" for Christmas and it's quite lovely.

    C. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said WHMS. I'm constantly quoting '...pecan pie' and 'babyfishmouth'. My buddy Phil and I are constantly saying, "Draw something that looks like anything."
    Too good.

  3. i knew i wasn't the only one to quote that movie! when he screams "babyfishmouth! babyfishmouth!!!" and everyone just stops...? KILLS me!!!

    sue... it's a nice thought. but, no, i think i'm right. there's something tragic on its way. those poor kids...