My friend Rick Keena and I have been making "socially distant" recordings, and were talking the other day. He said "Have you ever thought of doing Street of Dreams, it was a huge song for Sinatra." I didn't remember the melody but sort of recognized the title. So I said, if you play it, I'll sing it. Sinatra sang it big and loud. I thought I'd try a different, more intimate approach. Here it is.
Music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It's been said the lyrics are reminiscent of Mercer's childhood in Savannah, Georgia, including its waterways. As a child, Mercer had picked huckleberries in summer, and connected them with a carefree childhood and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The word "Huckleberry" is an affectionate way to describe someone who just naturally connects with you, understands you, accepts you... a precious companion for the journey through life.
In this version I'm singing vocal tracks, and playing melodica on a few tracks as well, layered against a backing track of live musicians (guitar, bass, piano, drums).
For me it's a magically peace-inducing song. I relax and breathe every time I hear it. I hope you enjoy it!
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