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May 7, 2009

If I Only Had a Brain

We are still assembling "headliner" videos of me and Brooke, but here is a solo version of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's "If I Only Had a Brain"



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May 21, 2009

Till There Was You

jk solo here on "'Till There Was You," from Meridith Wilson's The Music Man.

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June 2, 2009

Don't Get Around Much Anymore

I'm the guest this week with a solo rendition of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" ©1942.


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August 6, 2009

Frim Fram Sauce

All my favorite players are on vacation, but I've dug up a golden oldie from last year. I played at my cousins' wedding reception:

Mazel Tov Mosh and Annabelle!

And special thanks to rustyvision.com for this video and buckets of good advice and technical direction. All the cool things you see around here are his, all the mistakes are mine.

September 3, 2009

I've Got You Under My Skin

Something about a Telecaster® and a Cole Porter tune: "I've Got You Under My Skin."

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September 10, 2009

Days of Wine and Roses

Music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer -- how you gonna beat that?

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September 24, 2009

Moonlight in Vermont

My Dad played piano and once told me that all the great players viewed this as their favorite tune: great changes, pretty melody. John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf are not exactly household names, but in a just world they would be for writing "Moonlight in Vermont."

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October 8, 2009

Since I Fell for You

The crimsonburst telecaster gets another workout on Buddy Johnson's "Since I Fell for You."

[Note to wardrobe: don't schedule the red shirt with the red guitar again. Maybe a maple colored shirt with a black pickguard or something...]

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October 15, 2009

How High the Moon

How Red the Guitar! How Strong the coffee!

How long we gotta talk like this?

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November 12, 2009

Pennies from Heaven

What a great old Johnny Burke tune. My favorite version is from New Orleans trumpet master Leroy Jones but I snuck in a little homage to Louis Prima ("Sunshine and Ravioli").

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January 14, 2010

Alfie

I used to sing this song to my friends' cat. Now I understand Alfie has gone to kitty heaven after 17 years.

Neither my feline friend nor I ever made it past the first eight bars, so I had to learn this tune for the coffeehouse's first special dedication.

It's an unusual and pretty song from Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1966.

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January 28, 2010

It Could Happen to You

In a just world, Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy (you bet I had to look that up) wold be household names for this wonderful tune.

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February 2, 2010

Misty

I'm my own guest this week. I found some old video laying around that my friend Byurhan had shot with his new camera. He bought it when he was visiting from Ireland 2003-4, sometime around then. Here's Errol Garner's Misty:

It is "our song" and it is fun to see the old house and my lovely bride's clapping with two hands. Can't say I remember the shirt -- but it goes with the Cinema Verite, n'est ce pas?

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February 5, 2010

La Vie En Rose

Edith Piaf's classic, La Vie En Rose. I started using the "Kindhearted Woman" intro and thought if I was going to play it as a blues, I better get out the telecaster.

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February 18, 2010

If I Ruled the World

Here's one for you Angel fans. "If I Ruled the World" by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel,

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February 25, 2010

All the Way

Keep them Sammy Cahn tunes coming! Sammy Cahn and Jimmie Van Huesen's "All the Way."

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March 4, 2010

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Gotta get Brooke into the coffeehouse to sing it, but in the meantime...


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March 11, 2010

All the Things You Are

Mister Jerome Kern

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March 18, 2010

Over the Rainbow

Harold Arlen's bewitching melody. (And those are E Y Harbirg's lyrics running in your mind.)

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March 25, 2010

Jeepers Creepers

A beloved relative was over and picked up my Johnny Mercer book, It is truly amazing how many incredible songs he enlyriced.


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April 22, 2010

This Nearly Was Mine

Rodgers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, 1949). Too sad to sing, so here's an instrumental:

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June 10, 2010

Sunny Side of the Street

Longtime fave. Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields ©1930


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June 17, 2010

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

What a great song. I heard a terrible elevator-music version in a Chinese restaurant and the tune stuck in my head. (You should have heard their version of "Whiter Shade of Pale.")

The coffeehouse muse ran down the tune for me. It was written by John D. Loudermilk.


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July 1, 2010

It Takes a Lot to Laugh

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.

I always liked this Bob Dylan tune. And we needed a little more blues around here...


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July 8, 2010

Misty

Erroll Garner's classic -- our song.


July 15, 2010

The Deal

Can't have a coffeehouse with no Dead tunes, it's in the rules. This is one of my favorites.


July 22, 2010

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Watching the Tour de France, and the "King of the Mountains" is awarded a Polka Dot jersey by two attractive young French women in Polka Dot dresses.

Made me think of this great Jimmy Van Huesen-Johnny Burke song:

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August 5, 2010

Sabor a Mi

Love this tune! Original words and music by Alvaro Carrillo. English lyrics by Mel Mitchell.

Thanks to my lovely Mother-in-law for the charts!

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September 30, 2010

Everything Happens to Me

Love this Tom Adair & Matt Dennis tune. A bit of Googling shows a Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael song by the same name. I've got to go hunting for that -- I've never heard it.


October 7, 2010

I'm in the Mood for Love

Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields's "I'm in the Mood for Love" from 1935.


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October 28, 2010

Witchcraft

Happy Halloween from Live at the Coffehouse dot Com!

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November 4, 2010

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

The Halloween medley continues (I think we can milk this for this week and next...)

Rodgers and Hart's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered:


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November 11, 2010

That Old Black Magic

How can you not close out the Halloween medly with Johnny Mercer's "That Old Black Magic?"


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November 18, 2010

Kindhearted Woman Blues

By the one and only Robert Johnson.


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November 25, 2010

Freight Train

The 60's folk revival brought this song back, but most did not credit Elizabeth Cotten who wrote it.


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December 9, 2010

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

jk keeps them Sammy Cahn tunes coming -- in a Santa Hat!


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March 17, 2011

Stars Fell on Alabama

jk solo on this great Frank Perkins -Mitchell Parish tune.


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September 1, 2011

How High the Moon

Nancy Hamilton (lyrics) and Morgan Lewis (music) wrote this great tune, but I will always associate it with the immortal Les Paul. And I just bought a this new Les Paul guitar...

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September 8, 2011

Heaven Please

By the great Percy Mayfield. I learned this "on the street" and may not have all the right lyrics. But it's a great tune for a blue guitar.

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November 17, 2011

Birth of the Blues

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November 23, 2011

Misty (Instrumental)

Errol Garner, ©1951. But, more importantly, "Our Song."

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December 8, 2011

Christmas in New Orleans

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December 21, 2011

Let it Snow (2011)

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December 24, 2011

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bell Rock was written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe, but the song owes its popularity to Hank Garland's guitar work. Just sayin'

Now I know how Santa feels, because I recorded this on Christmas Eve and rushed to get it out to the good little boys and girls (but you can listen to...)

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January 19, 2012

Prelude to a Kiss

Duke!

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February 23, 2012

Don't Fence Me In

Cole Porter, ©1934. I get accused of too many slow, rubato ballads but this really is a pretty melody -- it deserves a little air.

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March 1, 2012

Do Nuthin' 'Till you Hear from Me

His Dukeness again.

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April 14, 2012

That Mesmerizing Mendellsohn Tune

As played on the Titanic, 100 years ago! Irving Berlin c1909

Honey, listen to that dreamy tune they're playin'
Won't you tell me how on earth you keep from swayin'?
Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn Spring Song tune
If you ever loved me show me now or never
Lord, I wish they'd play that music on forever
Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn tune
My honey.

Love me to that ever lovin' Spring Song melody
Please me, honey, squeeze me to that Mendelssohn strain
Kiss me like you would your mother
One good kiss deserves another
That's the only music that was ever meant for me
That tantalizin', hypnotizin', mesmerizin' Mendelssohn tune.

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April 19, 2012

Have You Met Miss Jones?

Rogers & Hart, ©1935

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July 24, 2012

Girl from Ipanema

The standard of standards: Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema."

UPDATE: Bumped for The 50th Anniversary (Original date Jun 24, 2010)

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August 9, 2012

This Time the Dream's on Me

Johnny Mercer and Harol Arlen -- can't go wrong.

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August 21, 2012

Tangerine

Last time I did a Johnny Mercer song, I got several compliments -- plus one for the hat. Here's another great Johnny Mercer song. In the hat.

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September 6, 2012

Rainbow Connection

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October 9, 2012

Stardust

We'll be back to the Sugarchuck sessions next week. But I had a bunch of new gear to try out. Who better than Hoagy Carmichael?

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November 7, 2012

At Last

At Last! The coffeehouse finally features a Mack Gordon and Harry Warren tune! (© 1941)

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December 12, 2012

That's All

Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes ©1952

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December 19, 2012

Comes Love

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December 24, 2012

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Hat. Uke. Sammy Cahn tune...

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February 14, 2013

My Funny Valentine

My mother was born on Valentine's Day. And she always did a great job pretending to like my music. So this one's for her:

My Funny Valentine from liveatthecoffeehouse on Vimeo.


Rodgers & Hart meet the new mandolin.

[Originally posted Feb 8, 2011]

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March 26, 2013

Makin' Whoopie

A few friends join me for a Fats Waller tune:

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April 11, 2013

St. Louis Blues

W.C. Handy ©1914

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June 24, 2013

I've Got Rhythm

George & Ira Gershwin

(Flintstones Theme by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera)

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July 16, 2013

Straighten Up and Fly Right

Nat King Cole & Irving Mills 1943

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September 9, 2013

Maybe You'll be There

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October 20, 2013

Stars Fell on Alabama

Time to take the new guitar out for a spin. In honor of her difficult humidity journey to Colorado: Stars Fell on Alabama by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish © 1934

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November 18, 2013

'Till I Gain Control Again

Rodney Crowell © 1975

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December 8, 2013

Blue Christmas

Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson © 1948

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January 10, 2014

Kind Hearted Woman

We've had requests before, but this was the first request with a delicate guitar paring. Our sommelier wanted to hear "Kind Hearted Woman" on "the surf green guitar/"

Voila! Ooh-eh the surf-verte guitare...

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January 13, 2014

If I Were a Bell

Take the new, green guitar out for a spin...

Frank Loesser ©1950

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March 2, 2014

'Deed I Do

Fred Rose & Walter Hirsch ©1926

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April 7, 2014

That's Amore

Harry Warren (born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna) and lyrics Jack Brooks ©1952

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April 17, 2014

That's How Strong my Love is

Roosevelt Jamison ©1964

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May 6, 2014

Bein' Green

Joe Raposo ©1970

I struggled to find the right guitar for this tune. I wanted a more acoustic tone for the open/midrange chords without losing the low end. I hope I made the right choice.

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May 26, 2014

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn ©1930

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July 14, 2014

Azure Te

Don Wolf, Bill Davis ©1952

Happy Bastille Day!

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July 30, 2014

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

You know what they say . . . "Once you go four -- you'll never want more!" The tenor is back for my favorite tune:

Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin ©1939

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August 25, 2014

What a Wonderful World

I played this for the wedding of my lovely niece, Kyler to newly-minted nephew, Jaimie. But it was drier to reprise it in the Coffeehouse Studios... #kyandjamietietheknot

Bob Thiele and George David Weiss ©1967

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September 24, 2014

Lullaby of Birdland

George Shearing and George David Weiss ©1952

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September 30, 2014

Lullaby Of Broadway

Harry Warren ©1935

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October 13, 2014

Angel

A special request from coffeehouse friend Sugarchuck. Jazz-schmazz, let's hear some Hendrix!

Jimi Hendrix ©1970

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November 18, 2014

Midnight Sun

Lionel Hampton and Johnny Mercer ©1947

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December 5, 2014

Pretty Paper

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December 31, 2014

Auld Lang Syne

Trad. Lyrics by Robert Burns.

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February 23, 2015

If I Were A Bell (Tenor)

Frank Loesser ©1950;

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March 9, 2015

I'm Old Fashioned

Jerome Kern & Johnny Mercer ©1942;

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March 31, 2015

Imagination

Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ©1940

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May 26, 2015

Scotch and Soda

Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio gets the writing credit, but its provenance is a bit more complicated.

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June 1, 2015

Do you Know what it Means?

Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter ©1947

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June 3, 2015

Misty

Errol Garner ©1952

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June 9, 2015

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf ©1929

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July 6, 2015

You Dont Know Me

Eddy Arnold & Cindy Walker ©1955

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July 16, 2015

I Wish You Love

Charles Trenet.

August 17, 2015

Red River Valley

Riza lends me her banjolele for this traditional tune.

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August 25, 2015

Always

I confess I did not know about Nick Lucas until I found myself the proud owner of a "Nick Lucas Model" guitar. Researching the great cowboy singer, I was struck that his repertoire closely match my Father's favorite songs -- even including one I thought Dad had written. I heard Dad sing this 100 times; here 'tis in Nick Lucas style (though I cannot pull off the operatic tenor voice). Irving Berlin ©1925

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September 8, 2015

Unforgettable/What a Wonderful World

Unforgettable -- Irving Gordon ©1951
What a Wonderful World -- Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. © 1967

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September 22, 2015

Thinking Out Loud

My friend Tyler sang this at his mother's wedding and killed it. I had the misfortune to follow him.

In spite of that brutal upstaging, I was quite taken with the tune.

Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge ©2014

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October 23, 2015

La Vie en Rose Blues

In case last years's shuffle version was not odd enough, I added some blues licks.

Edith Piaf ©1945

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October 27, 2015

Till There Was You

Meredith Wilson ©1957

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November 5, 2015

I Will

Lennon-McCartney

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November 11, 2015

Here, There and Everywhere

Lennon-McCartney

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December 14, 2015

Where the Columbines Grow

The Colorado State Song on its Centenary.

For an interesting look at the composer and the tune, Rob Natelson has an interesting paper.

A.J. Fynn ©1911

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December 21, 2015

Christmas Is

Christmas Is

Percy Faith ©1966

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January 11, 2016

September in the Rain

Harry Warren and Al Dubin ©1937

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January 25, 2016

Too Marvelous for Words

Johnny Mercer Richard Whiting ©1937

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February 14, 2016

What Now My Love?

Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë. (English lyrics Carl Sigman) ©1961

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February 22, 2016

Three Coins in the Fountain

Keep them Sammy Cahn tunes coming! ©1954

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February 25, 2016

Where or When

Rodgers & Hart, ©1937

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March 14, 2016

What'll I Do?


Irving Berlin, ©1923

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March 28, 2016

Time After Time

Sammy Cahn - Jule Styne ©1947

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April 3, 2016

Smile

Charlie Chaplin ©1936. Lyrics John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons ©1954

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April 26, 2016

Like Someone in Love

Only one camera and severe performance flaws -- y'all should get a discount on this one. But I did want to show the new Epiphone Gold Top.

Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ©1944

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July 11, 2016

Dahil Sa Iyo

In honor of the greatest Mother-in-law and Father-in-law of all time.

Mike Velarde, Jr. ©1938

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September 10, 2016

Like Someone in Love

Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ©1944

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December 31, 2016

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Wishing y'all a prosperous and generally awesome 2017!

Frank Loesser ©1947

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January 29, 2017

Blame it on my Youth

Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman ©1934

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February 12, 2017

All in the Game

"The only No. 1 pop single to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or winner of the Nobel Peace Prize."

Music Charles Gates Dawes ©1911; lyrics Carl Sigman ©1951

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March 7, 2017

The Song is You

Jerome Kern - Oscar Hammerstein II ©1932

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March 13, 2017

I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande

Johnny Mercer ©1932

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March 20, 2017

You Never Can Tell

Requiescat in pace, Mister Berry.

Chuck Berry ©1964

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April 5, 2017

Ths Time the Dream's on Me

Harold Arlen - Johnny Mercer ©1941

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April 11, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Howard Ashman - Alan Menken ©1991

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May 15, 2017

O Canada!

From Wikipedia: The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which, words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French; an English version was created in 1906. Robert Stanley Weir wrote in 1908 another English version, which is the official and most popular version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weir's lyrics have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered. "O Canada" had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canada's national anthem in 1980 when the Act of Parliament making it so received royal assent and became effective on July 1 as part of that year's Dominion Day (now known as Canada Day) celebrations.

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June 4, 2017

Who Can I Turn To?

Two life lessons from today's selection:
1. Never underestimate the healing power of a sad but pretty song.
2. Don't get too worked up over grammar.

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley ©1964

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June 22, 2017

Wave

One more Father's Day tribute -- as I was blessed with two. My Father-in-law was a big fan of Jobim.

Antonio Carlos Jobim ©1967

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July 2, 2017

Willow Weep for Me

Ann Ronnel ©1932

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July 9, 2017

Walkin' in Memphis

Marc Cohn ©1991

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