Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “More Than You Know”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion Vincent Youmans’ “More Than You Know” (from the 1929 musical Great Day) may be a perfect song – musically. But, if that is too reverent, how about a “perfectly” wonderful ballad. Let’s start with the well-written verse in E-flat minor, which is nearly a complete song in itself.… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “More Than You Know”

“Lisa” and the Music in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout For nearly half a century Alfred Hitchcock created films filled with interesting, gripping and illuminating music. Unlike many film directors he both loved and understood music and that, in a sense, the soundtrack is a character in a film. He employed more musical styles (e.g., popular, classical, avant-garde) than… Read More “Lisa” and the Music in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “What Is This Thing Called Love”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion “What Is This Thing Called Love” is certainly one of Cole Porter’s most inventive songs and, thankfully, it also became popular. The song was first heard in New York the night before New Year’s Eve with the opening of the English revue Wake Up and Dream. In that… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “What Is This Thing Called Love”

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”

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Bye Bye Blackbird”

by Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion This is the twelfth in a series of articles addressing the beloved standards that comprise the Great American Songbook (GAS). Music for the 1926 “Bye Bye Blackbird,” is by Ray Henderson and the lyric by Mort Dixon. This entertaining song was immediately successful (four versions were hits in… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Bye Bye Blackbird”

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”