I’m sure that you have had a song stuck in your head at some point, or many times in your life. When I was younger and more involved in the musical world, it would happen to me all the time. But now, I rarely have music whirling around in my brain, until two days ago.
Why it was this song I cannot say. It is a song I sang in my high school choir. And it was on a Barbara Streisand album I got one month from the record club I joined. Remember those? But that it just popped into my head and stayed there for so many days is a mystery. I figured that perhaps I should share it since it was so embedded in my consciousness.
The song is “All the Things You Are” and was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway musical Very Warm for May in 1939. It was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, and several jazz artists including Charlie Parker. Apparently, the chord progression is rather challenging, making it a favorite for jazz musicians.
To be clear, it was not really the song itself that was rolling over and over in my brain, it was the verse, which is rarely included in a performance of the song. To hear the verse, you will have to listen to the beginning of the Streisand recording.
Time and again I’ve longed for adventure.
Something to make my heart beat the faster.
What did I long for? I never really knew.
Finding your love, I’ve found my adventure.
Touching your hand my heart beats the faster.
All that I want in all of this world is you.
Lovely, right? As for the song itself, nobody does it better than the elegant Miss Ella Fitzgerald.
Absolutely, inarguably fabulous!
Many times in pop music history, the verses of songs have been ignored.
Here’s the introductory verse to White Christmas:
The sun is shining, the grass is green. The orange and palm trees sway
There’s never been such a day. In Beverly Hills, LA
But, it’s December the 24th. And I am longing to be up north.
Don’t you know that somewhere there is a book dedicated to all those introductory verses that just don’t get sung anymore?
You’re going to miss out if you don’t take a few minutes to listen to this song. Maybe it will stop repeating in my head if you do!