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Dec 13

Music Notes: Little-known facts about Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on December 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM by Elizabeth Land

LP cover for White Christmas by Irving BerlinNow that the holiday season is upon us, we've been listening to a lot of seasonal music. We even created a featured display of our Christmas music collection at both libraries. But with the recent snow, we only thought it appropriate to explore some little-known facts behind one of our favorite Christmas songs.
White Christmas 
  • "White Christmas" was one of 1,500 songs written by Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin. It was conceived by Berlin on the set of the film "Top Hat" in 1935. The story goes that Berlin shouted to his musical secretary, Helmy Kresa: "Grab your pen and take down this song. It's the best song I ever wrote. Hell, it's the best song anybody ever wrote."

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Jul 20

Music Notes: Origins of our favorite Christmas songs

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace CollinsNow that local radio stations have been playing Christmas songs for weeks now, many people may be wondering just where some of these classic songs originated. We shared that “Jingle Bells” was originally composed for the Thanksgiving season in a previous Music Notes post, but many of the most popular Christmas songs have their own histories.

Listed below are the stories behind some of our favorite Christmas songs.

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Jul 20

Music Notes: Jingle Bells and Thanksgiving

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 20, 2017 at 3:41 PM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

We at the York County Library want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! The 2016 Thanksgiving holiday hours for both branches are as follows:

2016 Thanksgiving Closing Schedule for the York County Virginia Library

Speaking of Thanksgiving, while it may seem a little early to discuss Christmas music, now is actually the perfect time to discuss one of America's most popular Yuletide tunes: "Jingle Bells". Penned by James Lord Pierpont in 1850s Savannah, GA, "Jingle Bells" — originally titled "The One Horse Open Sleigh" — was intended to be played for Thanksgiving.

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