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On YouTube you can find a clip from Judy Garland’s 1963 variety television series where she sings “The Christmas Song” (the one that begins with the chestnuts roasting on an open fire) with its co-writer, Mel Torme. It is a very intimate, festive scene, and with a glimpse of Garland’s three children, Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft. We can see that Garland is genuinely fond of Torme, who was creating all of the specialty musical material for her show. We can also see Garland’s impressive musicianship as she joins the duet, every note, beat, impeccable. And then comes a small mistake. We all know the lyrics…