Sunday, December 12, 2010

 

A charming rendition of one of the best pop Christmas songs:



In 2008 Mark Steyn wrote about the song's transformation into a standard:
Frank Sinatra decided he was going to make a Yuletide LP and decided to do "Merry Little". There was just one problem. He wasn't happy with one particular line:
Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow...
"Muddling through" didn't seem quite right to Frank. So he called up [the song's composer] Hugh Martin. "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas," he said. "Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?"

"You don't say no to Sinatra if you've got any brains," figured Martin. So it was back to the old drawing board. And, instead of "muddling through", he substituted:
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Now.
"I was relieved when I came up with 'bough'," said Martin, "because, if you're rhyming with 'now', there weren't many options left other than 'cow'."
Martin, now 96, just published his autobiography.