Dream On Little Dreamer played as COVID MISERIES. This was written in 1964 by Fred B. Burch & Jan Crutchfield. Perry Como even did a hit recording of it. But the more I played it, the more it just felt like Covid Miseries. You may like it or not, but it pretty well sums up how many people are feeling these days. I apologize to Burch & Crutchfield, but music touches many people in many ways. This is just how I heard and felt it. I had fun with the guitar and harmonica on Mr. Roland.… Read the rest
Black and Blue from 1929. Something quite different than I usually do. Just for fun. It seems quite the perfect Covid song, so I ended up playing and singing it. I don’t think my future is as a blue singer, but again having fun.
Musical Memories – Songs I remember hearing and playing when I grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I often played out of the two old Black Fake Books my Mom bought. I thought I would share some of those wonderful songs of the past. Beautiful songs with rich chords, melodies, rhythms and wonderful words. How so many wonderful songs have been born from those 7 white keys and 5 black keys is a true miracle of music to me. The number of song choices is in the thousands. I hope you enjoy the little bit of the past I share with you.
Black and Blue”(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue” is a 1929 jazz standard composed by Fats Waller with lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Hot Chocolates (1929) by Edith Wilson. Blues singer Ethel Waters’s 1930 version of the song became a hit, and the song has been recorded by many artists since then.… Read the rest
Please Mr. Sun. I thought a sun song would be nice after the rain song yesterday. Some of my friends always ask why I don’t sing more. My answer is that I play accordion much better than I sing. LOL I did sing this one. Another pretty song from 1952. “Please, Mr. Sun” is a song written by Ray Getzov and Sid Frank and performed by Johnnie Ray featuring The Four Lads and the Jimmy Carroll Orchestra. It reached #6 on the U.S. pop chart in 1952. It was featured on his 1955 album, I Cry for You.… Read the rest
Rain. I found this song when I was playing with Mr. Dino. Seemed like a great acoustic accordion song. I enjoyed playing it and decided to make a video. Not a wild, graphic action video – but just a mood piece with pretty chords. It is so beautifully written because Peter De Rose was the composer and he wrote fantastic songs. It was performed by Ella Fitzgerald in 1934. The nice video background is from Pixabay. Something a little different than Christmas songs.… Read the rest
Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup. Nice song for Mr. Dino. I have always enjoyed playing this song. I love Nat King Cole’s version done in 1956. “Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup” is a popular song with words and music by Anna Sosenko in 1935.… Read the rest
At My Front Door. Mr. Dino and I are getting acquainted. We’ve been practicing pretty musette songs, which sound great on him. Then, while turning pages, up pops At My Front Door. I was 11 back in 1955 and don’t remember this song. But, even Pat Boone did a version of it. Meanwhile, we had fun rocking it out. Usually Mr. Roland works best for that, but Mr. Dino needs to get a bit of exercise. It was just for fun. The 50’s and 60’s rock song are fun to play since they only have a few different chords. Favorites for us mature players! LOL “At My Front Door” is a song written by Ewart Abner and John Moore and performed by The El Dorados. It reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #17 on the U.S. pop chart in 1955. The song was featured on their 1957 album, Crazy Little Mama.… Read the rest
Cynthia’s In Love. I am betting few people recognize this song. Don’t think I ever heard it before. I was practicing the song below it in the fake book with Mr. Dino. It is very plain print with no words. I started playing it and I found it to be a beautiful song. Much more a Roland song with a tenor sax lead. I felt like I was playing music back in the old, old days and should have had a lighted cigarette hanging out of my mouth with the smoke rising! LOL LOL LOL Just a spur of the moment – pretty song, lets record it. CYNTHIA’S IN LOVE Billy Gish, Earl White ANDJack Owen 1942. As recorded by Eric Whitley w Harry Roy & his Band.… Read the rest
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore seems appropriate during this Covid thing. I bought a great Jayco Travel Trailer in 2015 and had the joy of traveling around a bit. Liked to go South in the cold weather for a month or two. Since I am 76 and being precautious with Covid, I didn’t use my camper all this year. It is just sitting. At the rate things are going, it doesn’t look like next year will be a good camping year for me either. So I decided to sell my Jayco to someone that could use it. I am happy I sold it, but sad, too. I remember all the great times I had camping. So I sadly make a video to remember Mr. Jayco. Just a simple video with simple music. Goodbye Mr. Jayco.… Read the rest
Another old fun song called Old Piano Roll Blues composed by Cy Coben in 1950. Seems like it is from the ’20s. I played it often in the old days and just have fun with it. I listened to Al Jolson and the Andrew’s Sister sing it – really fun. I didn’t have the Andrew’s Sisters to back me up, so I improvised! LOL Just an amateur having fun. Hope you enjoy.… Read the rest
Beautiful song – “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” written by Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter, which was first heard in the movie New Orleans in 1947, where it was performed by Louis Armstrong and sung by Billie Holiday. Thank You to the artists and photographers that share their work freely on Pixabay.… Read the rest
A timeless old tune from 1930. Hard to believe, but music is timeless.… Read the rest