Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Carols: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Good evening everyone. I'm back with another favorite Christmas song of mine. Tonight, I'd like to discuss "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

I'll readily admit -- this one always gets me a little teary eyed. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" speaks to love of days gone by, to those we've lost over the years, to getting through the tough times... and to the unwavering spirit of humanity. No matter how dark things get... we have tomorrow to look forward to. The holidays are a symbol of hope for us all. We may be surrounded by strife and turmoil, but there's always the chance that tomorrow might just be better than today. Just remember -- live for today and take even the smallest amount of joy in whatever way you can.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was written for the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. Judy Garland performed it on film for the first time. Since then, countless artists have recorded the song. The video featured above has the famous recording done by Frank Sinatra. The song's music was written by Ralph Blane and the lyrics were crafted by Hugh Martin. Blane and Martin were a legendary musical duo in the early days of American cinema. Judy Garland, whom was already a major star thanks to The Wizard of Oz, forever sealed this song as a classic. Here is the original version from the film.

While certainly a melancholy and sad song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a holiday classic that we all should cherish.

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