Song 41:365 is my version of Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One. Released in January 1998, it went on to win 2 Grammy awards in 1999 and featured in VH1’s Best Songs of the 90s. I hope you enjoy my version!
Song 40:365 is Cole Porter’s song True Love, introduced in the musical High Society in 1956 by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby. True Love is also the name of a yacht on which two of the characters in The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical was based, and it was the name of Crosby’s yacht.
For song 39:365 I’m returning to ABBA and the song One Man, One Woman from ABBA: The Album. I’ve always thought this was one of the best ABBA songs with a great Eagles-style guitar parts. Obviously there’s no guitar in my piano version, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project. If you’re looking for more ABBA songs, have a listen to my Tribute to ABBA album or check out my 2015 collection of ABBA songs from my archives.
Song 37:365 is my version of Fragile by Sting, dating from (my favourite musical year) 1987. I remember hearing this first in the Portuguese version on the EP Nada Como El Sol, and then discovering the English version. Fragile is a tribute to an American civil engineer who was killed by the Contras while working on a hydroelectric project in Nicaragua. It was also poignantly used to open Sting’s concert at the Bataclan in Paris when it reopened one year after the 2015 terror attacks.
I hope you enjoy my piano version. There’s more Sting here, and if it’s your first time on the site, find out more about why I’m trying to record a piano tune every day here.
Song 36:365 is When I Fall in Love, written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman in 1952 in the film One Minute to Zero. The first hit version was recorded by Doris Day in 1952, but perhaps the most famous version is Nat King Cole’s 1956 recording. In 1996 Nat King Cole’s daughter recorded a “duet” with her late father, using his original recording. This won the 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
For song 35:365 I’m playing Somewhere from the 1957 Bernstein and Sondheim musical West Side Story. There are themes in this song from the slow movement of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. In addition to featuring in cast recordings of the musical over the years, Somewhere has also been covered by many artists including Barbara Streisand, The Supremes and The Pet Shop Boys.
Song 34:365 is another song from a show, this time Another Suitcase in Another Hall from the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It was recorded in 1976 by Barbara Dickson for the Evita concept album. In the show it is performed by the mistress of Eva Perón’s husband when she is thrown out on the streets by Eva. In the 1996 film, however, the song is performed by Eva herself, played by Madonna, as she ends her relationship with Agustín Magaldi in an attempt to improve her life and prospects.
Song 33:365 is one of my favourite songs to play: Sun and Moon from the musical Miss Saigon. It’s a duet performed by American GI Chris as he falls in love with Vietnamese bargirl Kim and the orchestration of this song from the show is wonderfully ethnic with pentatonic overtones. I’ve tried to capture this in my performance.
It’s time for song 32:365, the first song of a new month, and today I’m playing Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend, dating from 1971. This classic song won Grammy Awards for Carole King (Song of the Year) and James Taylor’s version won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It has been covered by many artists including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson and McFly. And now me!