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8/16/2019
Today's Song: "Operator"
This week’s selection for My All-time Greatest Songs is Jim Croce’s “Operator.” It is sometimes described as “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” to distinguish it from similarly titled songs. When I hear those opening guitar notes, I feel a thrill to listen once again to this favorite of mine. Jim Croce wrote and performed a number of songs that have become popular standards, but to me this one stands out.
7/5/2019
Today's Song: "On the Street Where You Live"
It’s back to Broadway this week. My selection for “My All-time Greatest Songs” list is “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady.
6/21/2019
Today's Song: "Your Song"
The heartfelt lyrics of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Your Song" express a youthful, innocent view of love – no flourishes attached. Combining universal, emotional words of love with beautiful, elegant music, it a sure qualifier for “My All-Time Greatest Songs.”
5/31/2019
Today's Song: "They Say It's Wonderful"
Stage and movie musicals have always been a source of great songs. This week I’m turning to Broadway for “My All-time Greatest Song” selection: “They Say It’s Wonderful.” The song’s composer, Irving Berlin, is one of the most prolific songwriters and a notable legend of The Great American Songbook.
5/15/2019
Songbook Foundation stars heading to Carnegie Hall!
We caught up with Songbook Foundation board member Roger Schmelzer and Songbook Academy alum Anaïs Reno as they prepared to debut at Carnegie Hall in The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s All the Things You Are: Celebrating Jerome Kern.