The Song Is You
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, "The Song Is You"
In two previous posts, I introduced you to Michael Feinstein: "Isn't It Romantic" and "Always." "Feinstein," I wrote, "with his ernest voice and his considerable talent, has dedicated his career to finding lost songs; he sings them, and by doing so, he brings them forward to a new generation: he gives them new life." My plan is to help Michael Feinstein bring his songs forward by bringing them to you.
So, tonight, we'll hear "The Song Is You," written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for their 1932 musical Music in the Air. In 2003, Christopher Dedrick arranged nine versions of this song for Guy Maddin's film The Saddest Music in the World. I have not seen that movie, but very much want to.
Here is a link to Michael Feinstein singing "The Song Is You," from his 2000 album Romance on Film, Romance on Broadway; Marian McPartland (1918 - 2013), the great jazz pianist, accompanies Feinstein on the piano—she and Feinstein are wonderful here!
I created "Call Down the Moon," the image above, in 2006. It is based on Mandelbrot fractals. The title is from "To Music, to Becalm a Sweet, Sick Youth," a poem by the English poet Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674):
Charms, that call down the moon from out her sphere,
On this sick youth work your enchantments here!
Bind up his senses with your numbers, so
As to entrance his pain, or cure his woe.
Fall gently, gently, and a-while him keep
Lost in the civil wilderness of sleep:
That done, then let him, dispossess'd of pain,
Like to a slumbering bride, awake again.