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.
songs from films
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 40:365 is Cole Porter’s song True Love, introduced in the musical High Society in 1956 by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby. True Love is also the name of a yacht on which two of the characters in The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical was based, and it was the name of Crosby’s yacht.
Song 19:365 is the beautiful ABBA song When All Is Said and Done, first released in the Visitors album in 1981. Although the original version was up-beat, it told of the heartache after a relationship ends, something all the members of ABBA had experienced in that both Agnetha and Björn’s relationship and that of Benny and Annifrid had ended in recent years.
In 2004 Swedish jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy recorded a slower ballad version with Benny Andersson on the piano. This ballad version was featured in the 2008 film version of the musical Mamma Mia, and it’s the style of my version which I think is more fitting for the lyrics!
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project. If you’re looking for more ABBA songs, have a listen to my Tribute to ABBA album or check out my 2015 collection of ABBA songs from my archives.
Song 14:365 is Wind Beneath My Wings, originally recorded Colleen Hewett in 1982, but made popular by Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. The random fact about this song is that in 2002 it was voted the most-played song at British funerals!
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.
Today’s song is Let It Go from the 2013 Disney film Frozen. Written by husband-and-wife song-writers Kirsten Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Let It Go won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy for Best Song Written For Visual Media. It has become one of the best-selling singles of all time, and Disney eventually released Let It Go: The Complete Set featuring the 42 different language versions of the song from the international versions of the soundtrack. I hope you enjoy my version.
Today is Thanksgiving in the US and this song came up on a Thanksgiving playlist so I thought it would be appropriate to play today. It’s Irving Berlin’s Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep) and comes from the film White Christmas, performed by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. It was nominated for Best Song in the Academy Awards in 1955 but was defeated by Three Coins In The Fountain.
I saw a bit of Happy Feet Two this evening and it reminded me that I’d never played Queen’s Somebody To Love which was one of the main songs in the original Happy Feet movie. Somebody To Love dates from 1976 and ever since has been one of the all-time Queen classic songs. After Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, George Michael sang this song at the tribute concert at Wembley and his performance was considered to be so good that serious consideration was given to have him continue Freddie Mercury’s role and perform with the remaining members of Queen.
I’ve probably ended up playing this a bit too fast, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. There are more of my Queen performances here and if it’s your first time on the site, find out why I’m playing a tune a day here or see all of my November songs.
It’s officially “Back to the Future day” – the day Marty and Doc Emmett Brown travelled to in Back to the Future 2. I decided to play the song I always associate with the Back to the Future franchise, Huey Lewis and the News’ The Power of Love, dating from 1985. Although mainly associated with the first film, The Power of Love is the song Marty McFly tries to play on the guitar just after being fired, and it reappears in the final film during the car race.