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Sunday, December 3, 2017 

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(Peace On Earth?)

Hard to imagine, isn't it?  No wars, no crime, nothing bad happening.  All the military would have to be disbanded.  Oh, wow!  In fact, why would we need police except to cover accidents and the like.  No family abuse calls.  No drug busts.  No murder, no assults, no robberies, nothing but accidents caused by careless drivers, but not drunk drivers.  I guess we'd have to keep the fire department since fires would still happen but nothing caused by arson.  No neighbors arguing (peace on earth, remember?)  Actually, I can imagine a world much like "The Stepford Wives."  Everybody would be smiling and saying "Good Morning,"  "Good Afternoon," and the like.  And everyone would have a smile on their face.  And everyone would be waving at everyone else.  (I do that while in the Bonita area - whether I know the other driver / pedistrian or not.)  Try it, you may just make someone's day a little brighter.

Nah!  Sounds too good to be true.

December 3, 2017

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by NoŽl Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Shayne composed the music in October 1962. This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers. Usually it was Shayne who wrote the lyrics for their songs while Regney composed the music, as they did when they wrote a song based on the classic children's song "Rain Rain Go Away".

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics "Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'" and "Pray for peace, people everywhere" after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City. Shayne stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. "Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time."

Bing Crosby made the song into a hit when he recorded his own version of it on October 21, 1963, with the record being released as a single on October 26. Crosby also performed the song on a Bob Hope Christmas television special on December 13 of that year. Over the years, Crosby's recording of the song has been widely played on the radio, and has been available on numerous compilation Christmas albums and compact discs put out by Capitol Records.

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