[photogallerylink id=59770 align=right] When you think of Christmas music, it’s a natural to think of [lastfm link_type=""]Bing Crosby[/lastfm]‘s ”White Christmas,” but not everyone remembers that Bing actually sang about both sides of the holiday weather spectrum. He teamed with The [lastfm link_type=""]Andrews Sisters[/lastfm] to help popularize a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song called “Mele Kalikimaka.” So what does all this have to do with country music? Well, for snowless Florida native [lastfm link_type=""]Jake Owen[/lastfm], he says the song was a perfect fit, and just the right touch of fun, to sing on the new CD, A Very Country Christmas.
“I just remember that song by Bing Crosby, ‘Mele Kalikimaka,’ which is Hawaiian for ‘Merry Christmas.’ And in the song, it’s (singing) ‘mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day, that’s the island greeting we send to you from the land where palm trees sway.’ And that’s just…that’s where, you know, where I grew up, there’s palm trees, it’s always bright and sunny on Christmas Day. So, I wanted to do that instead of doin’, like, the whole ‘Silent Night’ or ‘Little Drummer Boy’ or somethin’ like that. I wanted to kind of bring it back to where I’m from, as well, so that’s why I did the ‘Mele Kalikimaka.’ You gotta bring some fun into Christmas, as well.”