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Bing and Bowie

This is a maverick post. It has nothing to do with my eBay store (which, by the way, is bulging with books), eBay selling strategies, or attention-deficit disorder, unless you count my tendency to stray Off Topic.

No; this post demonstrates the Wonders of YouTube and the occasional magic touch of television (N.B. I have not watched television since Hurricane Katrina; I am too easily distracted either by or from whatever is happening on the TV). More important, the video you are about to see is a lovely thing in itself, made lovelier by the contrast between the two principals.

I first watched this little jewel more than twenty years ago and never weary of it. I still get goosebumps.

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

If you’re under a certain age, you need to understand the subtext of this 1977 video. Bing Crosby was very, very straitlaced and conservative, a strict Roman Catholic, and David Bowie… wasn’t.  

I wish I could find the “original,” recorded live, in which Bing is playing the piano (no orchestral accompaniment) and Bowie standing nearby singing, and they never look at each other. It underscored the cultural tension between the two, which made it all the more poignant — like watching the Crips and Bloods Mixed Chorus, maybe.

David Bowie

David Bowie

It’s also helpful to know that “White Christmas” was a huge hit for Bing Crosby — his signature song, in a way.

This video is charming, and Bing is funny, but I think it’s overorchestrated compared to the original, and the impact is blunted a bit. Still, it’s a treat. I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. If memory serves, Bing Crosby died about a month after the video was made. He was playing golf at the time. For more background on the video, click here , whence I stole the photos.

May Whoever Is On Duty bless you and your endeavors….  —Mary

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