July 18, 2015

#47: The tempo of joy

This is not a "big" song but it's one of those jewels that happens when song, singer, and arrangement come together perfectly. Nelson Riddle arranged it in 1961 for Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! It starts out kind of sweet and gets jazzier as it goes:


Riddle talked about the "tempo of the heartbeat." Let's call this the tempo of joy. The guy really can't believe his luck (and his friends can't, either!) and the arrangement conveys that. It's one of the older songs on my list, written by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill in 1926.

What I think of as the companion piece to it is "You Do Something To Me," also from SSS!!! and my pick for Fave #62.

Stay tuned for more Sinatra greatness -- the best is yet to come. 

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