The quote “inspiration is everywhere” is attributed to many folks. Some say it was Albert Einstein, some say Louis B. Meyer, some say Edison, and some say it’s so old we really can’t know who thought it UP first.
That may be the case, but regardless of who came UP with the quote, it’s very, very true.
I’m often inspired by things around me; good and bad.
You wouldn’t think the Cuban Missle Crisis of the early 1960s would have inspired one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, but it did.
Do You Hear What I Hear? was written in October of 1962 by Noel Regney and was put to music by Gloria Shayne Baker.
Married at the time, the couple wrote it as a plea for peace.
Regeny, who was hesitant at first due to the commercialism of Christmas, was asked to write a Christmas song by a record producer out to make a buck.
The couple, who often wrote together, reversed roles for this number. Baker usually wrote the lyrics and Regney would compose the music.
Noel – funny how that name worked out – came UP with the lines, “Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see”?” and “Pray for peace, people everywhere” while people watching. Mothers pushing babies in strollers on the streets of New York City were his inspiration.
The song was released just after Thanksgiving in 1962. Originally recorded on The Little Drummer Boy album by the Harry Simeone Chorale, it became a number one hit when Bing Crosby covered it in 1963.
As the world prepared for war, not knowing just how close they were to it in 1962, two people saw a reason to sing for hope.
Here are two versions, Harry’s first and the modern update by Carrie Underwood.
As we begin this Christmas Season in an uncertain world more than half a century later, let’s pray for peace everywhere.