I interrupt my vacation -- its days dwindle down to a precious few -- to offer New Year's wishes to valued friends and readers. No better way to do so than through this incredible performance by Judy Garland of "Here's to Us" (one of best numbers from the 1962 Broadway musical "Little Me" -- music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.)
The ill-fated "Judy Garland Show" contains some of the most searing performances the star ever gave, all the more impressive given the continual tensions -- in the case of Jerry Van Dyke, foisted on the show by TV execs, the horrors -- on the set. (The retro channel getTV brought the show back to the air this year, which I rank among the best things to happen in 2015.)
The "Here's to Us" number may look a little odd, since the singer was still in costume from a clown number. But, man, what a performance. Every word takes on added meaning, since Garland knew the show was being canceled. What you get here is a supreme artist communicating as only she could (she adds some personal twists to the lyrics along the way, giving extra punch to the song).
I can't think of a more heartfelt toast. So, "Here's to Us" this New Year's Eve, "for better or worse and for thanks to a mericful sky ... and for me and you as we are."