Moon River

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies. Indeed, its combination of moodiness, pacing, kookiness, and fashionabie atmosphere has shaped a lot of my cinematic tastes. “Moon River,” the simple and beautiful song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, is one of the things I adore about the film. Indeed, I once recorded the song from a VHS copy of the film for a mixed tape for my friend Dan because, as far as I know, no record of the film’s music has the version sung by Audrey Hepburn, which is sad since the song was explicitly written for her range. At any rate, the BBC has a wonderful profile on how the song came to fruition, complete with the demo of the song with Mercer singing and Mancini playing the piano. With Mercer’s slight vibrato on the higher notes, the song pulses with longing but also a sense of joy.


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