When I was very young my dad introduced me to the American Songbook melodies. We used to play 'Name that Tune', and he always won. I've been humming and singing those songs ever since. My young musical taste never wandered far from the standards, and this collection is a reflection of that. Music has always been such a significant and fulfilling part of my life, revealing so much of who I am and what I care about. To be able to become a part of the melody and lyrics and float through the song is all that I am and what I want to share with my audience. Also included in this compilation are a couple of songs that I wrote myself, Diamond in the Rough and New York Blue. I think they fit just fine, and I hope you do too.
There is so much wonderful material to choose from. Standards can mean many things to many people, evoking memories and relationships and passages. There was a great deal of time and care given to the selection of which songs I included here. Part of what appeals to me, in addition to the fabulous melodies, are the slightly old fashioned, evocative and innocent lyrics in songs like Tea for Two, I'll Take Romance, The Simple Life, and I Don't Want to Walk Without You. We may not express our feelings like that anymore, but it's nice to hear and remember these timeless sentiments.
From "New York Blue".
Come Back To Me/After Today
Just One Of Those Things
Make Someone Happy
I Fall In Love Too Easily/I Should Care
I'll Take Romance/Love
Tea For Two
City Boy/If I Could Talk To The Animals
I Don't Want To Walk Without You Baby
Give Me The Simple Life
Only/The Nearness Of You
Diamond In The Rough
New York Blue
You And The Night And The Music
Pretty Women/Sometimes A Day Goes By/Not A Day Goes By
Almost Like Being in Love
Track Information Come Back to Me: Alan Jay Lerner/Burton Lane/Leslie Bricusse -|- Just One of Those Things: Cole Porter -|- Make Someone Happy: Julie Styne/Betty Comden & Adolph Green -|- I Fall in Love Too Easily/I Should Care: Julie Styne/Sammy Cahn -|- I'll Take Romance/Love: Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd/Ben Oakland, Additional Lyrics, Gerry Olin Greengrass, Special Material, Dick Williams -|- Tea For Two: Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar -|- City Boy/Talk to the Animals: Leslie Bricusse, Additional Lyrics, Gerry Olin Greengrass, Special Material, Dick Williams -|- I Don't Want to Walk Without You: Jule Styne/Loesser -|- Give Me the Simple Life: Harry Ruby/Rube Bloom -|- Only/The Nearness of You: Hoagy Carmichael, Additional Lyrics, Gerry Olin Greengrass, Special Material, Dick Williams -|- Diamond in the Rough: Marc Eliot/Gerry Olin Greengrass -|- New York Blue: Marc Eliot/Gerry Olin Greengrass -|- You and the Night and the Music: Howard Dietz/Arthur Schwartz -|- Jet Set: Mel Torme -|- Pretty Women/Sometimes a Day Goes By/Not a day Goes By: Stephen Sondheim/John Kander & Fred Ebb -|- Almost Like Being in Love: Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe