Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Easy Living”

 By Roger Crane, Song Scout   Background When composer-musicologist Alec Wilder’s highly literate book “American Popular Song – the Great Innovators” was published by the Oxford Press in 1972 one of my favorite pastimes was making two lists. 1) Superior songs that he missed or for which he did not share my enthusiasm. 2) Songs… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Easy Living”

A ROGER CRANE SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Five by the Elegant MJQ

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout The ground-breaking big band Dizzy Gillespie formed in 1946 was one of the most powerful and exciting in the history of jazz. Its brass and reed sections were given arrangements that demanded heavy expenditures of energy. It didn’t take long for Gillespie to realize that his horns needed more… Read More A ROGER CRANE SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Five by the Elegant MJQ

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Here’s That Rainy Day”

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Here’s That Rainy Day” By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion Sometimes great songs are featured in unsuccessful shows. The much beloved “All the Things You Are” came from Very Warm for May, which was a dismal failure (59 performances). Well, the equally loved “Here’s That Rainy… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Here’s That Rainy Day”

Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “The First Time I Saw You”

 By Roger Crane, Song Scout Introduction Some songs, of course, are obscure because they should be but, for each of those, there are many others worthy of more attention. For the second entry in this “Obscure but Worthy” series I present “The First Time I Saw You” which was written for and featured in a… Read More Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “The First Time I Saw You”