Idina Menzel breathes new life into the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
Menzel teamed up with crooner Michael Buble to sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Everyone from Bette Midler to Seth MacFarlane did their own versions of this popular holiday song. The track tells a story of a woman trying to avoid temptation by leaving, but her male companion continues to try to entice her to stay.
Buble and Menzel completely turn a suggestive and seductive song into a children-friendly ballad. They change the lyrics, “Well maybe just a half a drink more,” to “Well maybe just a soda pop more. ” They also turn “Say, what’s in this drink?” to “Say, was that a wink?”
The video takes place in a 1920s/1930s style hotel lobby. A bellboy (Harry Colett) sees his dream girl (Emily Carey). She passes through his elevator. In a semi-dream like sequence, the boy puts on a suit and dances the night away. He needs to win over this girl. Both child actors lip-sing the entire song. Buble and Menzel appear when the children look at themselves in the mirror.
October 14 marked the release of Menzel’s Holiday album, Holiday Wishes. The album includes 12 tracks, mostly covers of holiday classics. Holiday Wishes does include one new, completely original song entitled, “December Prayer.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that Holiday Wishes only made a modest debut. It sold a little over 70,000 copies in four weeks. This week, it ranks as No.16 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album could see a significant sales boost from the release of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” video. Currently, the album ranks as the No. 10 album on Amazon’s Music Best Sellers list.
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) October 14, 2014
Some of the tracks on Holiday Wishes include “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Silent Night.”