The song of the day for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 is “A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet.”
About This Song
“A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet” was written in 1932 by Gus Kahn and Harry Woods. It was made popular on radio and in clubs by Vincent Lopez. The song was a big hit for Nat King Cole.
About This Version
Today’s version is from Tony Bennett’s autobiographical 1990 album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist.
I chose today’s song as I was thinking about our wonderful weekend at the 56th Monterey Jazz Festival. In our new, upgraded seats this year, there were many wonderful people, some of whom had been coming to the festival for twenty to thirty years. This year, there was great concern about a couple who had been attending for over thirty years (25 years of which were in the same seats near us) who were not there. As a result, people who had known each other for years only from the festival, decided to exchange phone numbers and email addresses and vowed to stay in touch better. Section 150 was indeed a little street where old friends meet.
As the newcomers to section 150, we met many wonderful people, both in our section and in our favorite hang-out spot: the picnic tables near the Courtyard Stage, which featured excellent music from Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman. We handed out cards for this site and are proud to welcome one of our newest subscribers from this year’s festival — Hello Jan! We all attend Monterey Jazz for the music, but we come away not only with many wonderful music memories but new friends as well. And yes, I’m already planning for next year.