We’re returning to 1940 for song 13:365 in my collection, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. I think it was Harry Connick Jr’s version in the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally which got me playing this song – in HCJ’s style, though nowhere near his performance! I hope you enjoy my version of a song I’ve loved playing for about 25 years!
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 7:365 is A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, a jazz standard dating from 1939. It was written by Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin in the French village of Le Lavandou just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The story goes that Sherwin played the song on a piano in a local bar with the help of the resident saxophonist. Maschwitz stood, holding a glass of wine, singing the lyrics, but the patrons of the bar were not impressed. In 2002 an attempt was made to find the bar in order to hang a plaque commemorating the birthplace of the song. Unfortunately, despite help from elderly residents in the town and the local tourist office, the bar was never found.
Continuing my retrospective posting of 2010 piano songs, here’s my version of Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind. This has always been one of my favourite songs to play. It originally appeared on the 1976 Turnstiles album, and was never a hit in its own right, but took on something of a new meaning when Billy performed it at the Concert for New York City in October 2001 in honour of those affected by the events of 9/11.
Today I’m playing Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, the title song from her 2002 album. This is a lovely 3/4 jazz ballad which was released as a single in 2003. I hope I’ve done it justice.
Today’s song is the lovely 1938 song You Go To My Head, written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie which has become a jazz standard with some wonderful jazzy chords. It has been recorded by many artists and I think one of my favourite versions is Linda Ronstadt’s on her wonderful 1988 album For Sentimental Reasons.
If it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing one song a day for the whole of 2015 or listen to my October songs here.
Yesterday was apparently Julie Andrews’ 80th birthday so on hearing that I decided to make today’s songs one of the classics from The Sound of Music, and one I’ll always associate with Julie Andrews, My Favourite Things. In the original Broadway version this song was sung by Maria before she left the Abbey, but it was reworked for the film version to be sung by Maria and the children during the thunderstorm. I hope you enjoy my own take on My Favourite Things.
If it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing one song a day for the whole of 2015 or see all of my September songs here and my growing list of October songs here.
And we’re back to Billy! Today’s song is Billy Joel’s duet with Ray Charles, Baby Grand, which was released as the fourth single from The Bridge album in 1986. When Ray Charles found out that Billy had named his daughter, Alexa Ray, after him, he contacted Billy and offered to record a duet, “providing the song was right”. Billy then came up with the Georgia on my mind-inspired song which tells of the relationship between a pianist and his piano.
There are more Billy Joel songs in my Piano Man album and this year’s Billy Joel songs are here. If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my May songs here.
Two weeks ago I attended a concert of Gershwin classics at the Phoenix Symphony and The Man I Love was one of the songs performed by the vocalist Kate Baldwin. While not my favourite Gershwin song (that would be Bess, You Is My Woman Now from Porgy & Bess), The Man I Love is a beautiful song with fabulous chords and a haunting melody. It was originally part of the 1924 score of Lady, Be Good as The Girl I Love, but was subsequently deleted. It then reappeared in both Strike Up The Band and Rosalie, but was again deleted, finally finding its home in the 1947 film, The Man I Love.
I’m in Strasbourg at the moment and in every gift shop there are hundreds of witches in various poses and various guises. Today’s song is therefore Frank Sinatra’s Witchcraft! Dating from 1957, Witchcraft spent 16 weeks in the US charts, peaking at number 20. It is, however, a staple Sinatra number and has recently made it into the soundtrack of a certain film (which I’ve not seen…)