Saturday, June 21, 2014

Learning this now

I'm working on an arrangement of the old Irving Berlin song "Blue Skies" on the piano right now. (Wait, that doesn't sound right: I'm working on learning to PLAY an arrangement, I am not actually trying to arrange the song!)

I don't think I'll try singing it like Commander Data though:

(Note: very early in the video, it switches over to Willie Nelson vocals. I'm not mad about the instrumental arrangement they use, but it's always kind of interesting to me to hear Willie Nelson (or Ray Charles, or any other singer I don't tend to think of as a singer-of-standards) tackling a standard.)

ETA: I guess this is the full version. I never saw the movie (Nemesis) that this apparently occurred in:

Also, they almost never perform this song with the verse, they just go straight to the chorus. The version I has has the little introductory bit:

I was blue, just as blue as I could be
Ev'ry day was a cloudy day for me
Then good luck came a-knocking at my door
Skies were gray but they're not gray anymore....

and then it launches into the well-known refrain.

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