February 25, 2015

#85: A dazzling selection from Duke Ellington and company

It's "I'm Beginning To See The Light," with music by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James and words by Don George. It was a hit times three in 1945. This recording was made in 1962 for Sinatra and Swingin' Brass, arranged by Neal Hefti:



I love the way Frank winds it up. 

This was Bob's pick for #99 and a Steyn Song of the Week "way back when" (scroll down to bottom), so I'm hoping for some commentary from Mark in the near future on these brilliant (stellar? radiant?) lyrics by Don George:

I never cared much for moonlit skies
I never wink back at fireflies
But now that the stars are in your eyes
I'm beginning to see the light
I never went in for afterglow
Or candlelight on the mistletoe
But now when you turn the lamp down low
I'm beginning to see the light
Used to ramble through the park
Shadow boxing in the dark
Then you came and caused a spark
That's a four-alarm fire, now
I never made love by lantern shine
I never saw rainbows in my wine
But now that your lips are burning mine
I'm beginning to see the light

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