“…my huckleberry friend, “

I love Johnny Mercer’s lyrics.  In that one phrase he captures the character of Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”  His collaboration with Henry Mancini for “Moon River” won an Academy Award in 1961 and was the featured song in the soundtrack of that movie.  Huckleberry Finn was also a wanderer, a rascal, and an opportunist just like Holly.  Holly tells Paul, “You don’t have to worry.  I’ve taken care of myself for a long time.”  And that sums up so many people who are Huckleberry’s, not hicks but shamelessly self-reliant.  They became that way because they had to, they had no choice but to survive.   We are all vaguely familiar with Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn, who Twain describes as,  “In Huckleberry Finn I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had. His liberties were totally unrestricted. He was the only really independent person–boy or man–in the community, and by consequence he was tranquilly and continuously happy and envied by the rest of us. And as his society was forbidden us by our parents the prohibition trebled and quadrupled its value, and therefore we sought and got more of his society than any other boy’s.” – Mark Twain’s Autobiography.  And that sums up the character of Holly Golightly.  These characters litter our lives and the cinema as they are what we long to be and at the same time give us pause for all the good in our own lives since there is always that dark past in these people’s history.   There is usually a form of abandonment in their history, when they had to fend for themselves.

I have had many huckleberry friends in my life, some were wonderful friends, others saw me as another host from which they could take.  All in all I am glad to have huckleberry’s around, if for no other reason than to inspire wonderful lyrics.  You see I never knew that “Moon River” was written for the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”   What a wonderful discovery!!

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