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#2108812 - 06/27/13 12:17 AM "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen  
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Dear Hakki,

I tried recording two Beethoven Bagatelles today, but my trills and turns were still too stiff and the scales too uneven.

So, the song is "Moonlight Becomes You" (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen). The date on the sheet music says 1942 (well, actually, it says MCMXLII, but who's counting?). It is in the key of F maj., mostly, but does lots of chromatic stuff. I've said it before, and I'll say it again--I am amazed (and grateful) that the arrangers of this music managed to fit symphonies into notes that ten normal fingers can play. What you hear from me here is a straight reading after three weeks of being obsessed with this tune--nothing fancy and no shenanigans, and yes, I took the repeat.

This was recorded on the MCMXL Lester spinet with my little Tascam DP-004. I present it to you today in both mp3 and flac! laugh

Hope you like it.

Moonlight Becomes You (mp3)

Moonlight Becomes You (flac)

--Andy


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#2108817 - 06/27/13 12:27 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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I could almost see Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in the boat... smile


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#2108821 - 06/27/13 12:41 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: currawong]  
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grin wink


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#2109358 - 06/27/13 11:18 PM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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I glanced through the topics, and Lo and Behold, another Andy recording! Once again, you've produced a very fine rendition of a 40's ballad. Sensitively played. Thanks!

#2110312 - 06/29/13 07:12 PM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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Another "piano styling of the great standards" by Andy Strong. Well played - as always !!

Your little 1940 Lester Spinet is fast becoming the best known Lester piano in the world !!! And, of course, the EBVT tuning doesn't hurt either grin


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#2110927 - 07/01/13 12:36 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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My grandmother used to play this song a lot, before she passed on. Thanks to this, I'm actually gonna go down to my basement and dig out her old sheet music tomorrow (there's also a bunch of piano rolls with this type of music on there, but I have no clue where to find a working player, let alone a portable one).

And that's a Lester spinet? That's honestly better than some 6'+ grands I've heard.

Originally Posted by currawong
I could almost see Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in the boat... smile

I read that as Bill Cosby.

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#2111001 - 07/01/13 06:06 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: SBP]  
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Originally Posted by SBP
Originally Posted by currawong
I could almost see Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in the boat... smile
I read that as Bill Cosby.
Not quite the same ... laugh


Du holde Kunst...
#2111202 - 07/01/13 01:27 PM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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Great playing, Andy. Your sense of time and dynamics on this is wonderful.

Glen


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#2111290 - 07/02/13 12:41 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: Cinnamonbear]  
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Hi Andy,

The best of these beautiful old tunes never die. Your rendition of this classic is excellent. Thanks for sharing your recording.

D

#2112581 - 07/04/13 03:14 AM Re: "Moonlight Becomes You" (1942)--Burke/Van Heusen [Re: currawong]  
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Originally Posted by currawong
Originally Posted by SBP
Originally Posted by currawong
I could almost see Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in the boat... smile
I read that as Bill Cosby.
Not quite the same ... laugh


Allow me to diagram, for those who might be confused:

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Thanks for listening, friends! laugh I seem to be obsessed with this vintage American pop stuff! I feel "Paper Moon" coming on...


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