It seemed only right to play this song on the last day of September. Released in 2005 as the fifth single from Green Day’s album American Idiot, Wake Me Up When September Ends became a hit single, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 8 on the UK charts. The song became closely associated with Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast on 31 August of that year and a video featuring footage of the aftermath of the disaster accompanied by the song went viral. Green Day subsequently performed the song at a relief concert organised by MTV.
Today I’m playing The Air That I Breathe, a song written in 1972 by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, but made famous by The Hollies in 1974. I hope you enjoy my slightly different version of this song.
Today I’m playing Billy Joel’s 1993 hit All About Soul, the second single from the River of Dreams album.
There’s more Billy Joel here, and to hear more September 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.
Today’s song is Queen’s Radio Ga Ga, or at least my ‘swing’ version of this song! Radio Ga Ga dates from 1984 and was written as a lament to the demise of radio over TV, and the rising importance of the music video over the song itself. Queen drummer Roger Taylor who wrote the song said “That’s part of what the song’s about, really. The fact that they [music videos] seem to be taking over almost from the aural side, the visual side seems to be almost more important.”
I hope Queen fans aren’t offended by my swingification of this piece!
There’s only one tune suitable to play today and that’s the theme from the brilliant US TV show, The Amazing Race. Since discovering this show on iTunes about a year ago, we’ve binge-watched around fifteen seasons of it, and the first episode of Season 28 was shown last night in the US, ready for us to catch it on iTunes as prime-time Saturday night viewing. I hope you enjoy my piano version of the great all-action theme tune written by John M. Keane.
Today’s song dates from 1936. There’s A Small Hotel was written by Rodgers and Hart and was included in the musical On Your Toes. It also featured in the 1957 film version of Pal Joey. There’s A Small Hotel has been performed by many artists both as a slow, jazzy number and in a more up tempo version, but it’s Ella Fitzgerald’s version which I know best and which I’ve tried to recreate with my performance.
Today’s song is George Ezra’s 2014 Budapest. Apparently Ezra had never visited the city before writing the song. He was in Malmö at the Eurovision Song Contest and was due to be travelling to Budapest the following day. However, he ended up at a party and by the morning wasn’t quite well enough to travel, so instead he wrote the song about being miles away from Budapest!
We’re in the middle of the Rugby World Cup and this afternoon Scotland beat Japan 45-10 at Kingsholm. I’ve decided therefore to play the official theme of the Rugby World Cup, World In Union, written by Charlie Skarbek to a theme from the Jupiter movement of Holst’s The Planets suite.
This song has been recorded by many artists for subsequent tournaments including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and P J Powers for the 1995 tournament in South Africa, Bryn Terfel and Shirley Bassey for the 1999 tournament in England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Hayley Westenra for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.
Today’s song is ABBA’s Soldiers from The Visitors album, dating from 1981. It’s one of only a few 3/4 ABBA songs, and it reflects on the fact that society does not recognise the work of the military who “write the songs […] and sing the songs that you and I won’t sing”.
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my September songs here. If you’re looking for more ABBA songs, have a listen to my Tribute to ABBA album or check out this year’s ABBA songs from my archives.
Today I’m playing a beautiful song written by actress Amanda Seyfried called Little House. It was included in the soundtrack of the movie Dear John in which she starred.