I am a collector of classic radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. If you are not familiar with the genre, it’s the entertainment that was in wide use before the invention of television. Old-time radio is especially fun because it forces you to use your imagination unlike television which usually spells out everything. I also enjoy old movies, especially at Christmas time.
Last week I listened to a radio dramatization of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” inspiring me to seek out the movie version. In one scene, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney cannot sleep and find themselves alone together in the middle of the night talking about their reasons why they aren’t sleeping. Bing tells Rosemary that his way to fall asleep is to count his blessings instead of sheep, and then as happens in these movies he sings a song to her entitled “Count your Blessings.”Continue reading