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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

by Moose

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A jazzy reharmonized arrangement of the classic 1943 Christmas tune written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and popularized by Judy Garland and later by Frank Sinatra. Breathy vocals and performance on a vintage Fender Rhodes keyboard and upright bass. My jazz piano teacher showed me his own reharmonized version of this tune when I was a teenager back in the 1990s, and I've added many of my own touches--some more adventurous substitutions, slow swaying modulation on the keyboard, and the intimate jazz club sound of the sultry vocals, the upright bass, and the brushes on the drums.

Martin wrote the line "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough" in response to a 1957 request by Sinatra to "jolly up" the original line, which was "Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow."

lyrics

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 yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away

Here we are, as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years, we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

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released December 11, 2020
Music and lyrics written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Arrangement & performance by Moose. Audio mixing engineer Orion Keyser.

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Moose New York, New York

Hey! Is this thing on? 🎤 I'm Chris aka Moose 😎 I make music for my wife 💑 (& for you, don't tell her 🤫) I work as a quant 👨‍💻 on Wall St 🗽 & I'm vegan 🥑

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