October 31, 2015

#23: Mental, incidental, sentimental ...

Here's another song from the 1930s, the Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler standard, "Let's Fall In Love" (not to be confused with "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love," featured by Ms. EBL here).

Frank Jr., in the RDD liner notes, writes:

A wonderfully written harmonic orchestration begins with the well-constructed Ted Koehler verse. However, between the last lyric in the verse "Why Be Shy," Johnny [Mandel] had written orchestral connective tissue for the two measures of interlude between the verse and the chorus. During the actual recording Sinatra thought it would be fun to bring everything to a halt after the word "shy," and add two bars rest -- total silence fell before he started the chorus with its first word "Let's!" The idea worked very well.
Yes sir, it sure did. And that verse -- is it the best ever?
I have a feeling, it's a feeling I'm concealing, I don't know why 
It's just a mental, incidental, sentimental, alibi 
But I adore you, so strong for you 
Why go on stalling, I'm falling, love is calling, why be shy?
Why, indeed?

This is our second of three Arlen-Koehler songs. (You can probably guess the one I've yet to get to.)

See if you can come in exactly when Frank does:



That winds up my mini Ring-a-Ding Ding!-fest. Back soon with some Cole Porter/Nelson Riddle magic.

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