My cousin had frequently talked about me to his daughter, relating stories of our childhood. Judy finally asked for my last name and, with that information, found me on the Internet. Since that time we have been in a flurry of e-mails back and forth. As she so aptly put it, we are in a marathon.
We have been filling in the blanks for each other. It has really sent me down memory lane remembering so much that I had thought forgotten forever. Because music is so much a part of my memories I am, therefore, continuing with some of my favorite songs and artists. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The first one is My Funny Valentine by Rodgers and Hart. The song has been recorded by just about every singer on the planet, but I think Ella Fitzgerald's recording is the best and that is the one I have embedded.
My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, un-photographable
But you're my favorite work of art
Is your figure less than Greek ?
Is your mouth a little weak ?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart ?
Don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day
Another favorite of mine is The Shadow Of Your Smile and I have chosen Tony Bennett's rendition. This is the theme from the movie, The Sandpiper and was written by Johnny Mandel, lyrics by Paul Webster.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The next song, Misty, is very versatile. It can be played in many tempos. I used to play it as a jazz solo and, for variety I would often play it with a South American beat. For easy listening you can't beat the mellow voice of Johnny Mathis and I have chosen his recording for your listening pleasure. Music by Erroll Garner and lyrics by Johnny Burke.
Look at me
I'm an helpless as a kitten up a tree
and I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud
I can't understand
I get misty
just holding your hand
Walk my way
and a thousand violins begin to play
or it might be the sound of your hello
that music I hear
I get misty
the moment you're near
You can say
that you're leading me on
But it's just what I want you to do
don't you notice how hopelessly I'm lost
that's why I'm following you
On my own
would I wander through this wonderland alone
never knowing my right foot from my left
my hat from my glove
I'm too misty and too much in love
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last, but not least, is an oldie you may remember, More, the theme song from the movie Mondo Cane as sung by Nat King Cole. This song dates from 1956 and I could not find a recent recording. Judy Garland hated this song, but her recording is probably the best. However, I went with Nat because I love his voice. It was written by Riz Ortolani.
More than the greatest love the world has known
this is the love I give to you alone
more than the simple words I've tried to say
I only live to love you more each day,
more than you'll ever known my arms long to hold you so my life
will be in you keeping, waking, sleeping, laughing, leaping,
longer than always is a long long time
but far beyond forever you are going to be mine
I know I've never lived before and my heart is very sure
no one else can love you more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It constantly amazes me how such a variety of melodies can come from twelve notes. I guess that's why they claim that studying music helps with your mathematics.