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Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips

Spring is here. In fact, it’s almost gone. But the tulips remain in bloom.

“Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” was not written as a comedy song necessarily, but it has been used for comedic effect through the decades. 622 more words

Humor In America

CD Review: Jonathan Karrant's "On and On"

By Don Heckman

So many artists, so many dreams…so much to hear…The post office box fills every day with envelopes packaging their songs, their music, their dreams of being heard. 351 more words

Los Angeles

Song Spotlight - In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Johnny Hartman

Frank Sinatra made this song famous. But I like this version better. I don’t understand why Johnny Hartman wasn’t a bigger star? Was it because Nat King Cole came along with his smooth baritone first and there was only room on stages for one black man at a time? 20 more words

2016

Song Spotlight - Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered - Doris Day

I’ve been listening to a lot of the Great American Songbook lately. Originally just called Bewitched in the 1940’s production of Pal Joey, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered is one of Rogers and Hart’s most enduring standards. 21 more words

2016

Re-birth of an arrangement; Sketching

“Cheek to Cheek” is a tune I’ve returned to several times in my creative career. I’ve always been intrigued by the unusual extended form, and it’s a tune everyone seems to know and enjoy. 776 more words

Arranging

Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “My Resistance Is Low”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout

Introduction

What is an overlooked but delightful song? Well, it is one that is inexplicably ignored, one that is eminently revivable but, for whatever reason, is seldom performed and rarely encountered. 652 more words

Roger Crane