“Mele Kalikimaka” was written in 1949 by Honolulu native, Robert Alex Anderson. Anderson was a self-taught musician and composer who wrote many popular Hawaiian songs within the hapa haole genre, including the standard “Lovely Hula Hands” (1940). While he wrote over a hundred songs throughout his long career, his biggest hit was “Mele Kalikimaka,” which roughly translates into “Merry Christmas.”
The earliest recording of “Mele Kalikimaka” was by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters. This original version, released by Decca Records in 1950, has become the most enduring version of the song.
Although Hawaii was still nine years away from US statehood at the time “Mele Kalikimaka” was released, the exoticism associated with Hawaii had already been romanticized through the Polynesian Pop movement of the midcentury. The cultural attraction to Hawaii had become a postcard caricature; a vessel for escapism in the monotonous suburban sprawl of post-WWII Americana. By the time Bing Crosby released “Mele Kalikimaka,” the white sand of Hawaii’s beaches were as enticing to American ears - if not more so - than the white snow of “Winter Wonderland.” Rather than depicting Christmas as a time of year where “the weather outside is frightful,” the tropical climate in “Mele Kalikimaka” is a paradise where “palm trees sway” and “the sun shines.” The carefree sentimentality of the lyrics are reinforced by the dreamy twang of the Hawaiian lap steel guitar, the upbeat rhythm of the ukulele, and the peppy cadence of the Andrew Sisters.
The song has gone on to be covered by the likes of Bette Midler, The Monkees, Chris Issak, Dionne Warwick, and Jimmy Buffet. It’s been featured in films such as “Catch Me If You Can,” “LA Confidential,” and most famously in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It has earned the reputation as the “Anti-Let It Snow Song.” In many ways, it’s a musical time capsule of the midcentury Polynesian Pop movement; a westernized pastiche of America’s fiftieth state that is definitively kitschy, rose-tinted, and endearing. @tikivintage
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Primeiramente, peço desculpas por minha ausência. Tenho andado muito ausente nos últimos dias... Ops, meses né gente kk depois de uma ausência um tanto prolongada eu voltei Heheh. Não aconteceu nada, só fiquei sem celular esse tempo, por isso não postei mais nada.
Esses dias sem celular não foi fácil ,foi realmente triste, me sentir sem uma parte de mim 😆 brincadeira. Ainda bem que tudo tem seu lado bom. Então não foi tão ruim assim.
Só sei que as coisas por aqui, ficaram mais produtivas ´rs. Eu tive mais tempo para tudo e para todos aqueles que realmente estavam presentes... Eu coloquei muitas coisas em dia, coisas que eu ia adiando ´rs. Bom, agora estou de volta e isso me deixa muito feliz!
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