Emerging from quarantine
tip toe-ing into the world
Can I see your whole face?
Touch your elbow?
I wander through the park
This is a tune with words and music by a composer you may never have heard of: Bernice Petkere.
She was dubbed "The Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by the most famous American popular composer of the 20th century, Irving Berlin. Her first song was sung by Bing Crosby and that put her on the map. Now you know a little about Bernice!
I think this song, Close Your Eyes, is one of the sultriest, dreamiest jazz tunes I've ever heard. See what you think.
Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (June 12, 1941 – February 9, 2021) was a ground-breaking American jazz composer, keyboardist, bandleader, and occasional percussionist.
One of his most famous compositions is "Spain," from 1971, an instrumental jazz fusion piece. Corea introduced "Spain" on his album Light As a Feather. The simple and haunting melody heard at the beginning of the song is from Concierto de Aranjuez, a guitar concerto by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Corea and his band were nominated for Grammys for this song.
At one point Al Jarreau added original lyrics to the song. Jarreau featured this version, known as Spain (I Can Recall), on his 1980 album This Time.
Here's my cover of "Spain (I Can Recall)"
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Every now and then I'll post a new vocal recording. Enjoy!