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you're my dish 

 Song of the Day: you're my dish, 1937, Fats Waller, Jimmy McHugh. 

Added to the Fats Waller project. 

I uploaded the tab to Ultimate Guitar.

Previous SongOfTheDay was the 1938 version of 'tennessee whiskey', comparing 1's lover to alcoholic beverages. This 1 compares 1's lover to food, LOL! Even worse, IMO. The phrase "blue plate of romance" is a good 1. ;-P

until the real thing comes along 

Song of the Day: until the real thing comes along, 1936, Fats Waller.

Sinatra covered this in 1984 & added 3 verses & a bridge. I used those but changed 1980s cultural references to something that would have flown in the 1930s.

Added to the Fats Waller project.

god bless the child 

Song of the Day: god bless the child, 1941, Billie Holiday.

I would have guessed that this was a protest song from the early-mid 1960s - maybe because it's so bluesy? 

Nope, 1941. Billie Holiday wrote the lyrics.

i'm crazy 'bout my baby (and my baby's crazy 'bout me) 

Song of the Day: i'm crazy 'bout my baby (and my baby's crazy 'bout me), 1936, Fats Waller.

Louis Armstrong covered the song in 1955.

Leon Redbone covered the song in 1994.

So, 19 years Fats => Louis. 39 years Louis => Leon. 27 years Leon => me.

Clearly a song with some legs. Like so many Fats songs, the song is upbeat, happy, playful, and very fun to perform.

Added to the Fats Waller and With Intro projects.

I uploaded the tab to Ultimate Guitar.


Song of the Day: skylark, 1942, Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer.

This is such a pretty song.

Hoagy Carmichael on music (5 songs in his YouTube playlist) and Johnny Mercer on lyrics (11 songs in his YouTube playlist) seems like a gold standard. I have 1 other tune by that combo: lazybones ?!?!?

i only have eyes for you 

Song of the Day: "i only have eyes for you", 1934.

The original version, sung by Dick Powell in the movie "Dames", is quite different than the 1956 version by The Flamingos.

I could not find the 3rd & 4th lines of the intro (which The Flamingos drop) on any lyrics site.

Added to the With Intro project.

I uploaded the tab to Ultimate Guitar.

la vie en rose 

Song of the Day: "la vie en rose", 1947, Edith Piaf. 

This was the original French recording of the song. In 1950, several artists, including Edith and Louis Armstrong, recorded the song in English. I included the kiss and "C'est la vie." at the end from Edith's 1950 English version.

The Louis Armstrong version of the song was Song of the Day October 26, 2020. Edith's English version included an interlude, Louis's didn't.

I got a copyright claim on YouTube for this song. From Sony, for infringing on "La Vie En Rose, Live (2012)". 1947 is 74 years ago??? I thought copyright was 70 years, apparently it's 95. Still, claiming I'm infringing on a 2012 recording I've never heard of, copying a 1947 song seems incongruous. I contested the claim. An interesting exercise, hopefully I won't lose my YouTube channel.

Added to the With Intro project.


tea for two (with looper) 

I did my 1st Song Of The Day since July 19: "tea for two (2) (with intro)", 1924, Vincent Youmans.

I already recorded this song 2021-01-03.

This time I put the looper on for the main song & then soloed over it. 

I'm not sure I like the vocal & guitar harmony (at around 2:30). I ran it by Rick Howard, he likes it! FTW!