Pieces of My Collection - New Leaf Club
October 23, 2015
I enjoyed the Pieces show so much in June,
I decided to revamp it for the fall.
It Don't Mean A Thing by Duke Ellington
Just The Way You Look Tonight Music by Jerome Kern; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
"Just The Way You Look Tonight" won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1936.
How Deep Is The Ocean by Irving Berlin
I Love A Piano also by Irving Berlin
According to Wilfrid Sheed (The House That George Built), Irving Berlin was in a composing slump when he wrote “How Deep Is The Ocean”. If that is true, Irving should have had more slumps.
One For My Baby Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
So Nice by Jim Territo
Another keeper from my New York-based pal.
One Man's Love by Amy Speace
In addition to being a thoughtful singer/songwriter, Amy blogs for the NY Times
Your Husband Is Cheating on Us recorded by Denise LaSalle
This song was introduced to me by a book club friend. Don't confuse it with the country song performed by Matraca Berg.
Crazy World from Victor/Victoria. Music by Henry Mancini; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Twisted by Annie Ross, arr. Hayes
I was introduced to this song through Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark album. Years later I learned it was composed (at least the lyrics) by jazz singer Annie Ross.
Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
Music by Carole King
One of Carole's lesser-known songs.
When October Goes Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; Music by Barry Manilow
What a hauntingly beautiful song. Yes, it was created by Johnny Mercer and Barry Manilow. Shortly after Johnny died, Barry was given the lyric by Johnny's widow.
Yesterday Once More Music by Richard Carpenter; Lyrics by John Bettis
Another 70's hit from one of my favorites, Karen Carpenter.
Stony End by Laura Nyro
I've known this song forever, but I don't know how. I don't think it was the Streisand recording. Laura wrote such smart music.
You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly by Lola Jean Fawbush and L.E. White
Sung by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. I couldn't find any information about Lola Jean or L.E, which makes me wonder if those are pseudonyms. I have to thank Christine Kinslow for introducing me to this song.
Leavin' On A Jet Plane by John Denver
That's right. John Denver wrote it. He also recorded it, but Peter, Paul & Mary's recording is the one that I remember. FYI, it was one of the last songs PP&M recorded together. It was also their only #1 hit.
So It Goes Like It Goes Music by David Shire; Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
This is the theme song from the 1979 movie, Norma Rae. It won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1979, beating out “Rainbow Connection”. Now look, I love “Rainbow”, but this is a great white soul song that doesn't get heard enough.
Bidin' My Time Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
You should have seen me 2 weeks before the first performance of Pieces, frantically searching my collection and the Internet for an upbeat song about time. Leave it to the Gershwins to save me.
Always Better from Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown
What A Wonderful World by George Douglas and George David Weiss
When I can only see bad in the world, I sing this song to remind me I am wrong.
You've Got A Friend by Carole King
It's true. You've got a friend.