Song 46:365 is Memory from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats based on T.S. Eliot’s poems. Lloyd Webber was concerned that the melody sounded too similar to Ravel’s Bolero and that the main theme resembled an improvised flute solo from California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & the Papas. However, he asked his father’s opinion who said “it sounds like a million dollars!” – which probably is but a fraction of the royalties he’s earned on this song!
D flat major
Song 44:365 for Valentine’s Day is my version of the Bryan Adams classic ballad (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, the love song from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This song spent sixteen consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK charts in 1991. It won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television, and narrowly missed winning an Academy Award, losing to Beauty and the Beast.
I hope you enjoy today’s song. I also played a suite from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves which you can find here, and if you enjoy film themes, here’s a collection of my performances! If it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing a tune a day here.
Song 42:365 is All I Ask of You from the musical Phantom of the Opera. One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most-loved duets, it’s performed by Christine and Raoul. Christine is terrified of the Phantom after a stagehand has been found murdered. She escapes to the roof of the opera house and is comforted by Raoul, her childhood friend, who promises to love her and keep her safe from the Phantom.
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.
Song 12:365 is my version of Phil Collins’ Against All Odds, recorded for the soundtrack of the 1984 film of the same name. I remember learning to play this as a 12 year old when it was released and it being one of the first songs I played in D flat major, and therefore “lots of black notes”. As a result of the black notes I think it felt a bit ‘oriental’ and that probably explains the slight pentatonic hints in my performance!
This song is also dedicated to drummers everywhere – there are no drums in my performance, but they’re definitely missing after that first chorus!
I actually recorded this song again for 2017 as I felt the original 2010 version wasn’t quite right. Here’s the original if you want to have a listen, but I hope you enjoy the new version.
Song 10:365 is another Eric Maschwitz song, with music this time by Jack Strachey, the 1936 classic These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You). Maschwitz was romantically linked to the Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong while working in Hollywood and the lyrics are said to represent his longing for her after their relationship ended and he returned to England.
Song 5:365 is a piece from the Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvæus musical Kristina Från Duvemåla, based on Vilhelm Moberg’s epic series of novels which tell the tale of a family’s migration from Sweden to the USA in 19th Century.
This particular song, Guldet Blev til Sand (“The gold turned to sand”) is sung by Robert and describes an ill-fated search for gold which results in the death of his friend Arvid. It’s one of the most popular songs from the show and was performed in the original version by Swedish superstar Peter Jöback. I hope you enjoy this piece!
Today’s Christmacious tune is Wham’s 1984 classic Last Christmas with my own ‘piano ballad’ reworking. This song was kept firmly at the #2 spot as a result of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas, which also involved George Michael and Andrew Ridgley. However, Last Christmas has made it into the best selling UK singles in the Christmas charts in 1985, 1986, 1987 and then every year since 2007! It’s been covered by everyone from Whigfield (of Saturday Night fame, a song I don’t think I’ll ever include in my 365songs project!) to Crazy Frog, with Joe McElderry and Ariana Grande somewhere in between.
Today’s Christmacious tune is Santa Baby, written in 1953 by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. It was first recorded by Eartha Kitt in the same year and has since been covered by many singers including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. A modified version of the song featured on Michael Bublé’s 2011 Christmas album in which he addressed Santa as “Santa buddy” and “Santa pally”.
Today’s Christmacious song is The Little Drummer Boy, or as it is sometimes known, The Carol Of The Drum. Written in 1941 by Katharine Kennicott Davis and based on a traditional Czech carol, it was first recorded in 1945 by none other than the Trapp Family Singers. It has since been recorded over 220 times in 7 languages.