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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2778323
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, Handyman! Well, don't be sorry -- I actually didn't mean the "world-weary European" comment to be disparaging in any way; I consider it to be a legitimate mindset, thoroughly honest and vulnerable in its sentiment.


My mistake - I think I always understood the phrase "world-weary" to indicate fatalism and cynicism tending strongly towards dissipation and nihilism...as supposedly existed to a wide extent in Germany during the Great Wars - maybe "war-weary" would be a better description of the dominant mindset...


Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
...Another song that I would have sworn was written during WW II -- but actually wasn't -- was "For All We Know", which was actually written in the early 30s. Both of the songs have such a strong, poignant lyric, with a melodic line to support it so achingly.


Another warm and wonderful song! I don't know for sure but I suspect that it might have been almost as popular as "I'll Be Seeing You" during the war - it's lyrics are near perfect for that.

Not to belabor this too long here I just want to share this video of a much more celebratory and far happier post-WW2 war song guaranteed to bring a smile to one's face (with some great trumpet, vocal & sax work thrown in for our delight...):


It's Been a Long, Long Time


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778353
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I have been busy with other things so was unable to post in the October Piano Bar. I'm not out the other side of the tunnel yet, so still have to listen to, and comments on, all that has been posted in the November bar.

Meantime here are my contributions for November:

Stranger on the Shore - By clarinettist Acker Bilk 1961
Stranger on the Shore

Lonely- By clarinettist Acker Bilk 1962
Lonely

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - From New Faces film 1954
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Lille Marlene - originally 1911
Lille Marlene

Let the rest of the World Go By - 1919
Let the rest of the World Go by

Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye - Sung by Gracie Fields in 20th Century film Shipyard Sally 1939
Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye

Ian

Last edited by Beemer; 11/05/18 10:48 AM.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778363
11/05/18 11:23 AM
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Pianist 685, What a beautiful combination of original and your improvisation on Smile. Great!

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2778364
11/05/18 11:26 AM
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Jazztpt - Island...so dreamy and evocative. I'm seeing gentle waves lapping on the shore and the Sun going down. Lovely playing!

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2778365
11/05/18 11:30 AM
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Tim,
Crimson Lullaby - To me this is very like Ravel's music. Your use of sustain is so fitting to this music. Nice playing!

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2778370
11/05/18 11:54 AM
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Tim - Things we did last summer. This was new to me, but I looked it up and saw Jo Stafford 1946. I liked the song towards its end, but I had difficulty getting into the song at its beginning.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Handyman] #2778372
11/05/18 11:59 AM
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Handyman - I'll be Seeing you
Lovely playing and great crescendo.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #2778374
11/05/18 12:03 PM
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BillM All of me - You certainly gave it your all! You sang this as a true crooner and it was very enjoyable.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2778375
11/05/18 12:07 PM
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Jazztpt,
The Causeway - Great percussive jazz sound.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Riddler] #2778377
11/05/18 12:11 PM
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Riddler,
Bewitched - I would love to be able to play like you do. So confident and sure finger work!
Your rendition was just super.

Ian


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: IosPlayer] #2778378
11/05/18 12:16 PM
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Forgive me but this had too many layers for me to feel relaxed. Perhaps one day you will post it with just your piano. I would love to hear it.

Ian


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne] #2778381
11/05/18 12:22 PM
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ladypayne - This land is your land
I like Woody's songs. Maybe one day someone will write similar words to this tune for my country Scotland. Nice playing!

Ian


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778422
11/05/18 02:56 PM
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Beemer, open your ears brother, there is more to music than just piano. Too many layers? Really.
Frankly, asking me to post a piano solo for you is a bit presumptuous, don't you think? But, yes, I do forgive you,


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778632
11/06/18 05:04 AM
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LadyPayne – This Land Is Your Land Songs like this must not be forgotten, so thanks a lot for this fine arrangement of yours. I remember you posted your version of “Oh, Susanna” some time ago, in the same style, with various transpositions, so it seems you have specialised in this kind of music. Great job!

Handyman – It’s Been A Long Long Time That is a really wonderful Harry James recording. The trumpet sound is gorgeous.

Beemer – Stranger On The Shore I very much enjoyed your romantic rendition of this fantastic song, it brought me back some decades when I played this piece myself on the clarinet (I learned the clarinet as my second instrument but quit playing it when I entered the university). Same goes for “Lonely”

Beemer – A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Wow, you are giving a whole concert this month. I would like to see you live on stage with this gently swinging rendition of one of the great classics.

Beemer – Lilly Marlene I am glad you wrote “originally 1911” because this song had a special meaning for the German troops in World War II.

Beemer – Let The Rest Of The World Go By I did not know this lovely song yet, thanks for sharing. It sounds quite modern for 1919.

Beemer – Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye Another fine romantic song from a time when movies always came along with great songs.

Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778671
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Pianist685, thanks for your kind comments. I knew Lille Marlene was a favourite on both sides of the conflict.
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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne] #2778675
11/06/18 09:37 AM
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LadyPayne - I really like the somewhat honkytonk feel of your rendition and the frequent key changes. A fun performance!


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Beemer] #2778681
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Beemer - Wow! They don’t write them like that anymore. Absolutely loved you song selections and your elegant understated performances. Great Piano Bar submission!


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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778694
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I posted this on another thread, but feel it appropriately belongs in a bar... the November Piano.Bar. Billy Strayhorn's masterpiece, Lush Life. Played on a 1922 Steinway A at my teacher, Connie Crothers' Brooklyn studio.

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Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2778703
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Hi, folks -- comments on the new submissions --

ladypayne -- An effective piano cover of a very well known song indeed. Of course, Guthrie had intended the piece to be an anthem, predominantly concerned about the lyric and the sing-along aspect, and so it's a very simple chordal structure with unchanging rhythm. That makes it difficult to maintain interest over a 3 minute duration using only instruments, but you accomplished that with key changes, shifts in octave ranges, and slight changes in cadence. Great listening!

Beemer -- Many thanks for very straightforward, sensitive renditions of the sheet music originals. I believe that Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore" actually made it to #1 in the pop charts -- those were in the days when purely instrumental pieces actually made it to the Top 10. I didn't recognize "Lonely" -- guess that was the "B" side. I was surprised that "Lili Marlene" was originally conceived as a march -- the lyric doesn't match up with it, unless there was a military implication to the song that I'm not aware of. By far my favorite was "A Nightingale Sang..." -- that one justifiably entered the ranks of Jazz standards; there's so much you can do with the melodic line, and the lyric is especially beautiful and touching. The last two are venerable chestnuts from the period between the Wars -- I confess that I don't have a great affection for this material, but again, you played it with such straightforwardness and honesty that I listened to them with genuine interest.

Re: November Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2778720
11/06/18 12:49 PM
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Tim,

Thanks for your comments. As I have mentioned before, I only sightread and yes these pieces were all from the original sheet music. Some of them are my actual paper originals. I am not competant with improvisation and I'm quite happy to play following "the dots".

Lilli Marlene - a poem written by a young German solder and given music in 1938. It was used as a marching song before Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn sang it. I was surprised to learn that Hank Locklin and Connie Francis also recorded it.

Underneath the lantern
By the barrack gate
Darling I remember
The way you used to wait
T’was there that you whispered tenderly
That you love’d me, you’d always be
My Lili of the Lamplight
My own Lili Marlene.

Vor der kaserne
Vor dem grosen tor
Stand eine laterne und steht sie noch davor
So wolin wir da uns wiedersehn
Bei der laterne wolin wir stehn
Wie einst Lili Marleen
Wie einst Lili Marleen

Ian


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