Johnny Marks is a songwriter that deserves more recognition. I was looking through old manuscript books the other day and found a transcription of my favorite song from the Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (that special is FULL of great songs). The form is very simple, but the melody is so carefully constructed. And beautiful. The move to E minor in the bridge is my favorite part, along with the leap from F up to D toward the end of the tune. I will certainly be using this as a medium-waltz on gigs in the future ("Silver and Gold" would be great, too).
Clarice sings "There's Always Tomorrow" to Rudolph, then her Dad acts like a dink-deer