Video of the week for 12/24/12

meet-me-in-st-louis-44-mo-jg-1In light of the holiday season I chose to go with a Christmas classic.  Although not everyone may know the movie attributed to the song, most will know the lovely voice behind it.  At the end of “Meet Me In St. LouisJudy Garland sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to her youngest sister, Tootie.  The song was written with music by Ralph Blane and lyrics by Hugh Martin.  The movie aired in 1944 and was a huge hit.  In years to follow, big name stars such as Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald recorded versions of their own.

The song lyrics are somewhat somber yet beautifully touching.  Judy sings of having a light heart even when times are tough.  She explains that troubles will pass and happy times will come again.  Garland composes an interesting juxtaposition by singing with a soft vibrato and providing a powerful message at the same time creating an atmospheric tone.

Today’s post is short but I encourage you all to listen to this lovely tune.  Once the crazy hustle bustle of the holiday season is over, watch “Meet Me In St. Louis”.  It’s a grand movie.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!



Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light,
Next year all our troubles will be
out of sight.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yule-tide gay
Next year all our troubles will be
miles away.

Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Will be near to us once more.

Someday soon, we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

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