"Have yourself a merry little Christmas...let your heart be light...next year all our troubles will be out of sight." Hugh Martin, 1943
Can you imagine that these famous words were thrown away, and had to be fished out of the trash?
The song "began with the melody," Martin said. "I found a little madrigal-like tune that I liked but couldn't make work, so I played with it for two or three days and then threw it in the wastebasket."
Luckily, Ralph Blane, had heard the tune, too — and told Martin it was too good to throw away. "We dug around the wastebasket and found it," Blaine recalled. "Thank the Lord we found it."
It's a good thing they did. It became a classic song in the movie, "Meet Me in St. Louis," featuring Judy Garland in 1944. Songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote the song that has been sung to this day by many artists including Tori Amos, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Bob Dylan and James Taylor.
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Struggle...the catalyst of life.
A creative's journey is frequently one of flow from what feels like another dimension. This is often followed by struggle as the amazing idea has to be shaped into a "something."
The Art of Not Giving Up
The following excerpt, from the Memoir, Hugh Martin: The Boy Next Door, gives a wonderful glimpse inside of that journey. It's a wonderful reminder for the hard moments of today, where we may be struggling to shape our idea into something...wonderful.
"One morning Ralph left his workroom and came into the living room to ask me a question. “I couldn’t help hearing what you’ve been playing,” he said, “and I fell in love with a very sweet melody you were developing yesterday and the day before. Today I was listening for it and you didn’t play it. How come?”
“How come,” I said to Ralph, “is simply that I tried dozens of ways to resolve the darn thing and never found one I liked.”
“Will you do me a favor, Hugh? Will you try another dozen times? I have a funny feeling about that little tune. It sounds like a madrigal.”
After he went back to the dining room and closed the door, one word he stuck in my mind. Madrigal. I picked up the script and leafed to the end and read the Christmas scenes. The phrase “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” popped into my head and it fit my melody.
Maybe Ralph was right. I went back to the piano and started struggling to make it work.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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 gain Next year all our troubles will be miles away.
Once again as in olden days Happy golden days of yore Faithfull friends who are near to us Will be dear to us Once more.
Someday soon we all will be together If the fates allow Until then we'll have tomorrows through somehow So have yourself a merry little Christmas, now.