It's after Midnight, which means that it's Christmas Morning. So, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. And the best way for me to do that is with a song. So, on the spur of the moment, just this evening, the spirit moved me to record this- for Christmas.
It's not exactly a Christmas song, but it has a Christmas feel because it's about home and hearth and family and being with loved ones, which is what Christmas is about, right? I mean besides the whole birth of Christ thing.
The name of the song is Give Me The Simple Life. It was written in 1945 by Rube Bloom, who was yet another great Jewish-American songwriter from New York City. And I say thank Almighty God for Jewish-American songwriters from New York City because they wrote most of the great songs in this world. Lyrics to this song were written by Harry Ruby; no relation to Jack Ruby.
It's interesting that the song was composed for a 1946 movie, Wake Up and Dream in which it was sung by a female actress, June Haver. But the song was pre-recorded in 1945 by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with Bing Crosby being the first to sing it and record it. But, after that, everybody sang it and recorded it because it is a great song.
I really like the sound of this song, and I like the feel of it. I like the way it makes me feel, which is good, and I hope it makes you feel good. So, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, especially to Rube Bloom, who wrote a real gem here.