Song 49:365 is the 1930s classic As Time Goes By, written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. It found fame in 1942 when it was sung by the character Sam in the film Casablanca and was voted No. 2 on the AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs celebration of the best songs in film. I hope you enjoy this piece.
E flat major
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!
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.
For song 29:365 I’m posting my performance of one of my favourite songs of all time, Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman. First released in 1977 as a double A-side with Just the Way You Are. Fyfe Dangerfield, lead singer of the band The Guillemots, recorded a version of the song in 2010 for a John Lewis advertising campaign, and his version reached #7 in the UK charts. Billy’s recording was rereleased around the same time and reached #29. A travesty, if you ask me!
I’ve seen Billy Joel perform this song live many times and it’s always one of the highlights of the concert with cigarette lighters (or, more recently, phones…) held high as the crowd sings every word in unison.
Song 27:365 is I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Misérables. Based on the original J’avais rêvé d’une autre vie in the original 1980 Paris production, this is one of Fantine’s biggest songs in the show. I hope you enjoy my version.
Song 20:365 is Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa. Dating from 1950, this song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and featured in the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. I hope you enjoy my version of this classic.
Song 9:365 is Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s classic from 1970, Your Song. The song was actually released as the B-side to Take Me to the Pilot but DJs preferred Your Song and it received more air-play. It was replaced as the A-side and eventually made the top ten in many countries.
The cryptic line “I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss” refers to the fact that Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics after breakfast one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where Elton John was working for a music publishing company as an office boy.
My favourite version of the song is the rerecording made in 2002 by Elton John and the opera singer Alessandro Safina which was recorded for the first Sport Relief event.
Song 6:365 is my version of the classic Simon and Garfunkel song, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Released in 1970 it became the duo’s biggest hit single and went on to be one of the most performed songs of the 20th century, covered by over 50 artists from Elvis to Aretha Franklin. I hope you enjoy my version.
Song number 3:365, here’s my recording of the beautiful George Gershwin song Someone to Watch Over Me. Starting life as an up-tempo number, it was Ira Gershwin who suggested that it would work better as a ballad, and George agreed. The song first appeared in the 1926 musical Oh, Kay!