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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Music of Christmas: Judy Garland


EVERY DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 24, I AM HIGHLIGHTING A CHRISTMAS SONG AND THE STORY BEHIND IT. PLEASE ENJOY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 

After starring in, “The Wizard of OZ,” young Judy Garland needed a more “mature” role. It came five years later in “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

In one of the key scenes, Garland was to sing a song to her sad little sister. The younger girl was worried that when the family moved to New York from Missouri, Santa would be unable to find her. Garland’s character was also sad because she had just fallen in love, and thought the move would end her wonderful relationship. 

Songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote what would become a classic for that scene, but at first, Garland didn’t care for the song. 

The first words originally were, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, it may be your last; next year we will be living in the past.”

Realizing World War II had millions of soldiers homesick for the holidays, Garland wanted a more uplifting song filled with hope that would remind people of, “Over the Rainbow.”

Martin and Blane changed the words, and a timeless masterpiece was born:




And here's a BLOG BONUS, a more contemporary version from Kenny G, featuring a poignant video with Burgess Meredith.


 


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The Music of Christmas: "Haul out the holly....."

8) The Music of Christmas: Judy Garland

 

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