The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (260): Have yourself

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (260): Have yourself


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2020


Amd that’s just for the orchestral accompaniment.



  • NN says:

    Sure a good classic. You will hate me, posting this, but this chamber orchestra accompaniment is very sophisticated featuring some of the the best jazz musicians you can get these days!

  • J Barcelo says:

    Yes, the orchestration by the great Conrad Salinger. John Wilson has performed some of his scores, let’s hope he records them!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Judy was marvelous….
    She was of the best ever interpreters of Tin Pan Alley songs, otherwise known as “The Great American Songbook”, a term I never cared for: all those great songs belong to everyone, not just Americans (I’m speaking as an American).

  • buxtehude says:

    Nothing like this in “contemporary classical,” is there?

    Ever wonder — academia — why the audience left you . . . and left accordingly the whole tradition, from Bach to Brahms to Martinu, that should have been augmented, and so, pulled forward for audiences of the future?

  • David K. Nelson says:

    What I like best about this version is that Judy Garland sings the original lyric “someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow. UNTIL THEN WE’LL HAVE TO MUDDLE THROUGH, SOMEHOW.” She later came to find that part depressing and (for a TV show if I recall right) it was changed to “HANG A SHINING STAR UPON THE HIGHEST BOUGH.” A perfectly fine lyric but the original is more in keeping with the troubled nature of the song. In my opinion. And more perfect for this particular Christmas.

  • R. Brite says:

    Comfort? Judy Garland singing possibly the world’s saddest Christmas song, thus driving little Margaret O’Brien to paroxysms of tears and a frenzy of snowman smashing. Comfort?

    • BruceB says:

      It’s a sad moment in the movie. They are both heartbroken at the prospect of having to move away from their beloved home and hometown.

      Right now, when people are in the middle of experiencing Hanukkah without their families, or are facing a similar prospect for Christmas, it *can* be comforting to know that the feeling is a familiar one, and that others have “muddled through somehow.”