Thursday, November 18, 2010

5 on Friday - Set 41

Travis at Trav's Thoughts invites everyone to lay down a short set of music that takes their fancies for his 5 on Friday meme.

This week A Piece of My Mind sets out on a stroll through nine decades of recorded popular music.

We'll begin our journey through time with:

1 - Rhapsody in Blue - 1924 - George Gershwin

This recording features Gershwin on piano.

2 - Blue Skies - 1927 - Josephine Baker

Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

- Irving Berlin

3 - A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight - 1927 - Bessie Smith

Please, oh please
Oh, do not let me fall
You're all mine
And I love you best of all
And you must be my man
Or I'll have no man at all
There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight

When you hear
Them bells go ding-a-ling
All join 'round
And sweetly you must sing
When the verse is through
In the chorus all join in
There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight

- Hayden / Metz

4 - I Kiss Your Hand, Madame - 1929 - Bing Crosby

In dreams I kiss your hand, madame
Your dainty fingertips

And while in slumberland, madame
I’m begging for your lips

I haven’t any right, madame
To do the things I do

Just when I hold you tight, madame
You vanish with the night, madame
In dreams I kiss your hand, madame
And pray my dreams come true

- Erwin / Lewis / Rotter / Young

5 - When You're Smiling - 1929 - Louis Armstrong

When you're smiling
When you're smiling
The whole world smiles with you

And when you're laughing
Oh, when you're laughing
The sun comes shining through

But when you're crying
You bring on the rain
So stop your sighing
Be happy again

Keep on smiling
Cause when you're smiling
The whole world smiles with you

- Goodwin / Fisher / Shay


Mike Golch said...

Now you got me thinking of having a Big Band Set of my own in the future.I enjoyed these songs.

Jamie said...

Sometimes I think we are on a wave length party line. This week I did WW I 1914 - 1918. We could keep this going by decade for a few weeks. Loved the Bessie Smith recording.

Akelamalu said...

Oh great choices Julia!
**big smiles**

Travis Cody said...

Man, there are so many moments in Rhapsody in Blue that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I love that piece of music.

Great Set!

Galit Breen (Minnesota Mamaleh) said...

for the love of good music, i do just that: love. this! playing louie for my little ones right. now!! :)

Jennie Marsland said...

Great old tunes, Julia! I've been looking for some good music from about ten years earlier - Liam and Alice's time. Do you know of any? I'm not finding anything but patriotic rants and nauseatingly maudlin or silly songs. I'll keep looking.

Linda said...

"Rhapsody in Blue" has got to be my favorite from this week's set though I do love Big Band music in pretty much any form.

And I did notice that you and Jamie were definitely on the same note this week!