The song of the day for Sunday, July 7, 2013 is “I’ll Be Around.”
About This Song
This lovely ballad was written by Alec Wilder in 1942. Not only is “I’ll Be Around” a wonderful musical composition, but Wilder’s music and lyrics work extraordinarily well together. The song does a wonderful job of the describing the feelings of the admirer who has been cast aside and waits still, no matter how badly he’s treated and no matter how long he has to wait.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song in 1963 for the album The Many Moods of Tony. He also included the recording on the Forty/Fifty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett box sets. In the liner notes, he says:
Many intelligent musicians whose opinions I respect taught me to sing only the best songs in the American songbook. I know I couldn’t go wrong with this one: Alec Wilder always tried to give America the best in music and built a catalog of the finest popular songs that were never an insult to the public. “I’ll Be Around” also marked the beginning of my musical and human relationship with Bobby Hackett. Louis Armstrong once described him to me in these words: “I’m the coffee, but Bobby is the cream.”
“I’ll Be Around,” as well as The Many Moods of Tony album, is available from iTunes.