The holiday classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" has come under fire. A Cleveland, Ohio, radio station has pulled it from its normal holiday rotation, characterizing its story about a man pressuring a woman to stay at a holiday party despite her protestations as predatory. The move has effectively made the 1944 song by Frank Loesser the latest #MeToo movement casualty.
For the song's fans, the new wind may feel like a gale, but it's blowing in updated mores about consent and respect. Riding that same breeze is this year's Ida Ho Ho: A Collection of Idaho Musicians (Uncommon Records, 2018) Christmas album, the proceeds from which will go to an organization that holds those new mores close to its mission: the Women's and Children's Alliance.
"What a truly amazing gift from local Idaho artists to our clients, a gift that will fund the safe shelter and wraparound services they need to break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves and their children," wrote WCA Executive Director Bea Black in a statement.
The Ida Ho Ho series has already established an impressive run of holiday giving. It has been a stocking stuffer for the last nine years, and its past beneficiaries included venerable organizations like the Idaho Foodbank. This is the second year running that the WCA will take home a cut of sales.
This year's album itself isn't out to dislodge The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas (Time Life, 1986) from CD collections, but it's obvious the performers and producers had a grand old time cutting it. It opens with "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy" by The Mighty Red Melons; other oddities include "Santa Will Find You" by Ashley Rose, and Sun Blood Stories' "Just The Way It Glows." Ida Ho Ho is all about fun, and it attracted some of Boise's best emerging musicians, like Kali J., Red Light Challenge, Audio Moonshine, David Robert King, and Dusty Leigh & The Claim Jumpers.
The album will roll out in traditionally high style with live performances by participating artists at The Record Exchange on Thursday, Dec. 6, and the holiday spirit will continue with a benefit concert at the Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Dec. 8, hosted by Tim Johnstone.