A New Year's toast via the incomparbale Judy Garland
Some friends in Baltimore, where Robert and I have spent several New Year's Eves, mark the occasion by playing a recording of the song "Here's To Us" from the 1962 musical "Little Me." There's something about the melody and the slightly bittersweet words that just seems so right:
Here's to us ... Not for what might happen next year, for it might not be nearly as bright. But here's to us, for better or worse. And for thanks to a merciful star, skies of blue, and muddling through. And for me and for you as we are."
This morning I had the song still running through my head and I thought I'd see if I could find a way to share it with my faithful blog readers as a way of extending my best wishes for the New Year. Lo and behold, there appeared a version by the incomparable Judy Garland -- a clip from her brilliant, if ill-fated, CBS TV show. It's got champagne and all. So -- a little belatedly, I confess (I should have thought of this last night, but I was too busy figuring out what to wear) -- here's to you and here's to us: