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Sunday Jazz – Stormy Weather

The weather during the past week has seen the greatest degree of wind I have seen since I last scoffed an Ashoka vindaloo, therefore it gives the ideal chance to post the great Sinatra’s version of  “Stormy Weather” one of many great songs written by  Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler.

Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem. It has since been covered by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Clodagh Rodgers, and Reigning Sound. Leo Reisman‘s orchestra had the biggest hit on records (with Arlen himself as vocalist), although Ethel Waters recorded version also performed well.

The song tells of disappointment, as the lyrics, “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky” show someone pining for her man to return. The weather is a metaphor for the feelings of the singer; “stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together, keeps raining all the time.”

The original handwritten lyrics, along with a painting by Ted Koehler, were featured on the (US) Antiques Roadshow on 24 January 2011, where they were appraised for between $50,000 and $100,000. The lyrics show a number of crossings out and corrections.

Ethel Waters‘ recording of the song in 1933 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Library of Congress honored the song by adding it to the National Recording Registry in 2004.


“Stormy Weather” – Frank Sinatra

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky, stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain’t together, keeps raining all the time
Life is bare, gloom and misery everywhere, stormy weather
Just can’t get my poor old self together
I’m weary all the time, the time
So weary all the time

When she went away the blues walked in and they met me
If she stays away, that old rocking chair’s gonna get me
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, everything I have is gone, stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time
Keeps raining all the time

Can’t go on, everything I have is gone, stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time, the time
Keeps raining all the time


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May 29, 2011 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Oscar Peterson Trio

Recorded in ’59 this homage is described by pianist Oscar Peterson as “not only a tribute to Frank Sinatra but also my emotional interpretation of the feeling I get when I hear him.”

The album was part of a popular five album songbook set of the music of various songwriters and singers, all recorded in the same year.

Smartly and very concisely arranged by Peterson, all the tunes on A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatraare associated with the vocalist widely considered to be the best male interpreter of the American popular song. And like Sinatra, they all swing and show a deep love of rich melody and intelligent lyrics.

On “Come Dance With Me” and “Witchcraft,” for example, Peterson and his trio mates hold the famous melodies very tightly to their chests, allowing the listener to practically sing along as they play chorus after chorus. On “Just in Time” and “You Make Me Feel So Young,” the master pianist demonstrates his exquisite timing.

“You Make Me Feel So Young” – Oscar Peterson Trio

Peterson’s renditions, however, are generally a little too faithful to the originals. And like Sinatra’s singing style, he takes no risks. It is only on “All of Me” and “How About You?” that Peterson begins to employ his considerable chops and improvise, but only for a very brief period. The solos end before they have barely begun.

A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra is an easy-listening jazz album perfect for a Sunday or a candlelit dinner.

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May 8, 2011 Posted by | Jazz | , | Leave a comment

Lonesome Road

Having now finished the above book my favourite two Chapters were those dedicated to Blind Willie McTell (watch out for forthcoming post) and the one detailing the “Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour” from which I discovered that Frank Sinatra was the most played artist and that one of Dylan’s all time favourite tracks is Sinatra’s 1957 version of “Lonesome Road”

Look down – look down
That lonesome road
Before you travel on

Look up – look up
And seek your maker
Before (mr.) gabriel blows his horn

(I’m) weary (of) toting – such a (heavy) load
Trudging down – the (that) lonesome road

Look down – look down
That lonesome road
Before (before) you travel on

True love – true love
What have I done
That you should treat me so

You – caused me
To walk and talk
Like I never did before

(I’m) weary (of) toting – such a (heavy) load
Trudging down – the (that) lonesome road

Look down – look down (look down – look down)
That lonesome road
Before (before) you (decide to) travel on

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March 29, 2011 Posted by | Books, Interesting Fact, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – To Love And Be Loved

My sister-in-law Jane and her family (including her and Fiona’s mum) move to Kinross today, whilst it may only be under 90mins away it will seem like the other side of the world.

As such it is only fitting that today’s Wednesday Words features one of Jane and Fiona’s favourite Frank Sinatra songs.

“To Love And Be Loved” – Frank Sinatra

To love – and be loved
That’s what life’s – all about
Keeps the stars – coming out
What makes a sad heart sing – the birds take wing

To love – and be loved
That’s what living – is for
Makes me want you the more – the more we cling

Let others race – to the moon
Through time and space – to the moon
My goal is greater than this
To reach your lips – to share your kiss

To stay – in your arms
Is the dream – I pursue
To be sheltered – and safe – from the storm
To be cozy – and ever – so warm

And for always – to love
And be loved – by you

All the Way, released in 1961, was the fourth Capital Records compilation of Sinatra A&B Sides recorded between 1957 and 1960, with “To Love And Be Loved” recorded in 1958.

Capitol released All the Way on Compact Disc briefly in 1988, before discontinuing it in the early 1990’s, howevr, sll the tracks are still available on The Complete Capitol Singles Collection box set.

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July 21, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – Wee Weans 3

“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” – Frank Sinatra

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“I Love My Dog” – Cat Stevens

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Photography | , , , | 1 Comment

Songs For Swinging Lovers

“We’ll Be Together Again” – Frank Sinatra

No tears, no fears,
remember there’s always tomorrow
So what if we have to part,
we’ll be together again
Your kiss, your smile,
are memories I’ll treasure forever
So try thinking with your heart,
we’ll be together again
Times when I know you’ll be lonesome,
times when I know you’ll be sad
Don’t let temptation surround you,
don’t let the blues make you bad
Someday, someway,
we both have a lifetime before us
For parting is not good-bye,
we’ll be together again

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February 14, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Fiona Lawrie


25th MARCH 1959 – 31st DECEMBER 2008


“I Think Of You” – Frank Sinatra


In the hush of evening
As shadows steal across my lonely room
I think of you
I think of you
From afar the music
Of violins come softly through the gloom
All I can do
Is think of you
O I can see you standing there before me
And I can hear you whisper
You adore me
So when dusk is falling
I live again the loveliness we knew
I think of you
I think of you

“I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her” – Frank Sinatra

I’ll only miss her, when I think of her
And I’ll think of her, all the time
Likely I’ll spend my days – hearing her turn of phrase
Things I found hard to praise – right now, would seem sublime

The truth is…

I’ll Only miss her, when some stranger laughs
‘Cause it’s still her laugh – my hearts hears
Maybe in time – I guess, the longing will grow, the slightest bit less
And there will be moments – yes – when it disappears

I’ll bet I’ll forget her completely – in about a hundred years

“With Every Breath I Take” – Frank Sinatra

I think of you with every breath I take,
With every breeze that wanders by.
And your name is a song
I’ll remember the long years through.

I breathe your name with every breath I take,
And every breath becomes a sigh.
Not a sigh of despair
But a sigh that I’ll always care.

Even though you’re far away you guide me,
In the darkness you light my way.
And all the while inside me,
Love seems to say, “some day, some day”.

And when I sleep you keep my heart awake,
And when I wake from dreams divine,
Every breath that I take, is a prayer that I’ll make you mine.

God Bless

Love Gilbey


December 31, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Memories Of You

“Memories Of You” – Frank Sinatra

Waking skies – at sunrise
Every sunset too
Seems to be – bringing me
Memories of you

Here and there – every where
Scenes that we once knew
And they all – just recall
Memories of you

(Oh) How I wish I could forget those, (those) happy yesteryears
That have left a rosary of tears

Your face beams – in my dreams
(In) Spite of all (that) I do
(And) Everything – seems to bring
Memories of you

“Beyond Love” – Paul Haig & Billy MacKenzie

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December 30, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Birthday Co-incidence?

happy birthday dad

Yesterday was my old man’s 75th Birthday and on Sunday the extended family went out for Sunday lunch to mark the occasion.

Obviously with Fiona not there it was a difficult time for us all and you may now think I am mad but I had expected to “experience” some sign which can be put down to co-incidence or otherwise depending I suppose on what you want to believe.

Nothing untoward happened on Sunday and by the time i went to bed last night nothing had happened on the Monday.

I had gone to bed to watch Sportscene and switched the television on early thus catching the last 15min of the Graham Norton Show, something, I never watch, and discovered that two of the guests on the show were Katherine Jenkins and Harry Connick Jr both of whom Fiona liked.

Nothing really triggered in my thoughts at that moment and then Katherine Jenkins spoke about Catherine Zeta Jones and somehow got on to the subject of where she went to school….it turns out she went to “Dumbarton House School” in Swansea.

I was thus starting to twitch, next up was a silly article about dogs singing “opera” and I nearly fell out of bed when on the screen appeared “Amber” a Weimaraner the spitting image of Bonnie lying on a chair howling to opera!

Fuel was added to the fire when Katherine Jenkins in an attempt to get another dog to howl live on the television sang “O Mio Babbino Caro” which was of course one of the two pieces of music played at Fiona’s funeral.

Finally Harry Connick Jr capped it all by performing “All The Way” one of Fiona’s all time favourite songs.

“All The Way” – Frank Sinatra

When somebody loves you
It’s no good unless he loves you – all the way
Happy to be near you
When you need someone to cheer you – all the way

Taller than the tallest tree is
That’s how it’s got to feel
Deeper than the deep blue sea is
That’s how deep it goes – if it’s real

When somebody needs you
It’s no good unless he needs you – all the way
Through the good or lean years
And for all the in between years – come what may

Who knows where the road will lead us
Only a fool would say
But if you’ll let me love you
It’s for sure I’m gonna love you – all the way, all the way

all the way
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live at meadowlands
The never-before-available Live At The Meadowlands, recorded March 14, 1986, features 18 previously unreleased tracks. In this now-legendary hometown show, where Sinatra wooed a sold-out New Jersey crowd, Sinatra showcased songs from every phase of his stellar career, mixing the likes of “One For My Baby”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with late-period classics such as “L.A. Is My Lady” and “Theme From New York, New York.” The long-anticipated release of Live At The Meadowlands holds special significance among Sinatra fans as it’s one of the most sought-after and hard-to-find concert recordings of his career. Hank Cattaneo, Sinatra’s long time production manager and confidante, wrote the set’s liner notes.


I know I am being daft…..but it helps

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , | 2 Comments

Rare Sinatra – “Maureen Is A Champ”


The very first song in the Beatles’ Apple Records singles catalogue “Apple 1” was a special private recording sung by Frank Sinatra as a favour to Ringo Starr as a 22nd birthday gift for his wife Maureen in 1968. Sammy Cahn rewrote Lorenz Hart‘s lyrics to “The Lady Is a Tramp” and personalized them about Maureen (who was a great Sinatra fan). Sinatra recorded the song in Los Angeles, and only a few copies were pressed before the master tape was destroyed. Ringo surprised Maureen with the one-of-a-kind single on 4 August 1968. Any surviving copies of the disc would be counted among the most priceless artifacts of Beatles/Sinatra memorabilia. A poor quality copy of the song began circulating in collector circles. It is now available on several bootleg albums. In a 2005 interview with Andre Gardner on WMGK Radio in Philadelphia, former Beatles business manager Peter Brown described extensively his role in getting Sinatra to do the record. Cahn plays piano while Sinatra sings the reworked lyrics. They are the only two performers on the song which was given the title “Maureen Is A Champ”

“Maureen Is A Champ” – Frank Sinatra with Sammy Cahn


no one cares

…………………………..yes they do       xx

“When No One Cares” written by…………..Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen no surprise that one of Fiona’s favourite films is “Serendipity” the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated!!

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Interesting Fact, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

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