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 18:365 is From a Distance, made popular by Nashville singer Nanci Griffith in the year I claim is the best year in history for music, 1987 – just click on my 1987 songs to see what I mean! It was later covered by Bette Midler and Cliff Richard, but I think Griffith’s version is much better. I hope you like mine!
Tonight Taylor Swift kicks off the UK leg of her 1989 World Tour in Glasgow and I know quite a few friends who are attending the concert. Mary’s Song (Oh My My My) was apparently inspired by the long-lasting marriage of Swift’s neighbours.
I’d pre-recorded the song before leaving for Belgium, and indeed before Taylor Swift made worldwide news yesterday with her open letter to Apple regarding the announcement that in the trial 3-month period of the new Apple Music streaming service artists would not be paid. She explained that she would be withdrawing her 1989 album from the service. Within 24 hours Apple has backed down, with Apple Music executive Eddy Cue tweeting “We hear you, @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.” Taylor Swift may have millions, but in my opinion she’s quite right: artists should be paid for their work.
Anyway, I hope you like today’s song. There’s more Taylor Swift here, and to hear all of my June songs, click here. 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.
I first heard Rose Garden probably around 35 years ago on one of my dad’s James Last albums. The German composer and big band leader passed away yesterday so I thought I’d play this song as a tribute to him. Growing up there were many James Last albums in our house including the catchily named Trumpets a-Go-Go and the classic Last the Whole Night Long! The song was first recorded by country singer Lynn Anderson in 1970. I think we also possibly had a recording of Pinky and Perky singing Rose Garden (!), but it was the James Last version I remember!
To hear all of my June songs, click here. 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.
First released on the 1971 John Denver album Poems, Prayers and Promises, Sunshine On My Shoulders was then released as a single in 1974 and quickly went to #1 of the Billboard Top 100. This is a special song for a special day.
Dating from 1974, Sweet Home Alabama was the second hit single for the American band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s almost based entirely around the chord progression D-C9-G (or Eflat-Dflat9-Aflat as I’ve played it) and it became the title song for the 2002 film of the same name featuring Reese Witherspoon.
Today’s song was the 6th best selling single in the US in 1998. How Do I Live was written by Diane Warren and recorded by LeAnn Rimes who was just 14 years old at the time. It went on to set a record for staying on the Billboard Top 100 chart for 69 weeks. The song was originally intended for the soundtrack of the action film Con Air, and Diane Warren had apparently promised it to LeAnn Rimes. However, Disney (the parent company of Touchstone Pictures who were producing Con Air) decided she was too young and Trish Yearwood was chosen to record the version for the film. On hearing about this, Wilbur Rimes – LeAnn Rimes’ father and manager, quickly pushed out her version of the song and it made its way into pop history.
I was trying to come up with something appropriate for me to play on International Women’s Day. I turned to a Spotify playlist for inspiration and found Kacey Musgrave’s Follow Your Arrow. It’s a great song and hope it’s right for today!
Today I’m playing Islands in the Stream, a classic 1983 song written by the Bee Gees and performed by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. It actually knocked Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart off the number #1 position in the US charts (mental note, I’ve not yet played that one!)
Can’t Fight the Moonlight dates from 2000 and was sung by country singer LeAnn Rimes for the soundtrack of the film Coyote Ugly. It was written by songwriter-supreme Diane Warren and reached #1 in eight countries worldwide.