Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Lovely Tribute to Israel (Irving) Berlin

What a great piece.

The Improbable Irving Berlin-from Lee Habeeb at the NRO.

Check out this part. This is completely awesome juice about an awesome Jew:

"It has been said that writing a song is a bit like giving birth: laborious and miraculous. Berlin gave birth to over 1,500."

"He credited his productivity to an inborn work ethic. Saul Bornstein, Berlin’s publishing manager, observed that “it was a ritual for Berlin to write a complete song, words and music, every day.”

"He told anyone who would listen that he “did not believe in inspiration”; his most successful compositions were the result of work."

As I always say: the harder I work, the "luckier" I get.

"Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” sold over 50 million copies. It’s an astounding number. It’s an astounding story. A poor fatherless Jewish immigrant from Russia writes America’s most beloved Christmas song! That’s a story the ACLU can’t wrap its small-mindedness around."


He was happy just to be in the new world, the free world-in America.

Very different than all the disgusting culture of entitlement that greets immigrants, refugees and "the undocumented" in the North America of today.