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This Sunday on Facebook: I offer a reprise from July 2018 as a link to next week posts in which there is a repeat of 2 songs. Those who may be fans of The Great American Songbook like me (greatly influenced by my mother), may enjoy this Sunday’s reprise. I assure you that although next week’s offering also includes 5 (posted) videos, they are different, as is the theme of my post.
The following are extracts taken from my July 2018 of Aasof on The Great American Songbook and are about my 2 repeats next week, although both are by different artists and intended to add to my question next week: Are Lyricists Poets?
Unlike the instrumental piece composed by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke in 1947 with lyrics added in 1954 by Johnny Mercer. Midnight Sun became famous as a jazz standard and is certainly (currently) one of my favourites.
Begin The Beguine was written by Cole Porter for the Broadway show Jubilee in 1935. Begin The Beguine has a set of lyrics that are hard to remember and a melody that is difficult to forget (at least the opening bars). It’s interesting that it was Artie Shaw’s instrumental version that was a big hit in 1938.
This week on Facebook: Sometimes a word or a particular set of words keep buzzing around in my brain and simply will not stop their buzz, buzz, buzz, until I resolve where it, or they, came from. So it was with ‘old aunt Harriet’, I knew that I had heard it used in a song but couldn’t remember the piece. Read more of this post
The recent flooding in Britain brought the author Cowper to mind. No: not the poet William Cowper, nor John Cowper Powys who was a prolific novelist, essayist, letter writer, poet and philosopher; a writer of enormous scope, complexity, profundity and humour. Rather, John Middleton Murray who mostly wrote science fiction under the pen name of Richard Cowper, writing Profundis with much humour. Read more of this post
Listening to music on the radio this afternoon the words ‘apple tree’ reminded me of a cartoon film I must have seen many years ago and which I have never forgotten. The cartoon was about Johnny Appleseed‘. Why I should remember the cartoon so well, I don’t know, maybe it was the period during which I saw it. Read more of this post
Some time ago I posted a piece on the music Moonglow (the theme from the film Picnic), where I remarked that I thought no lyrics have ever done justice to the melody. Thanks to phonomono78s – I came across a recording by Ethel Waters. While most tributes to the song Moonglow associate the music with the theme from the 1955 film ‘Picnic’, it was originally a popular song from 1933 and recording by Ethel Waters in 1934, Despite my remark, in my case at least, once the words and music become embedded on the mind, it seems impossible to disassociate them. You hum it, I’ll sing it: “It must have been Moonglow…” Read more of this post
I have a number memorable scenic moments from films, with perhaps one of the most memorable being that of Kim Novak stepping toward William Holden to the music of Moonglow, which was being played by an off scene orchestra. Read more of this post
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