Goodbye, my huckleberry friend

Moon River

Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me

(moon river, wider than a mile)
(I’m crossin’ you in style some day)
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after that same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me

I have come out of hibernation to pay homage to a man who I grew up watching and listening to — Andy Williams.  I remember curling up on the sofa, comfy in my pjs, eager to watch the Andy Williams Show.  I especially liked to watch his show over the Christmas holidays.  There he would be, dressed smartly in trousers and a wool turtleneck sweater, fireplace burning in the background.  The smile on his mouth always, always reached his eyes.  And then he’d sing.  Christmas Carols, my mother’s favorite (Days of Wine and Roses), and my all-time treat — Moon River.  I know, I know, I’m showing my age. Never mind. That was a simpler, more wholesome time. How I miss those days!

Another one of the good ones has bid us “Farewell.”  What a lovely legacy he has left behind.  A man of integrity with smiling eyes, a silken voice, and songs that remind us of once upon a time.

Howard Andrew (“Andy”) Williams

1927-2012

Image via americanprofile.com.

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