The song of the day for Sunday, September 27, 2015 is “All The Things You Are.”
About This Song
“All The Things You Are” was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the 1939 musical Very Warm For May. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder considers it to be one of Kern’s finest songs and with good reason. It’s a beautiful tune and Hammerstein’s lyrics are excellent.
About These Versions
I completely fell in love with this song the first time I listened to Tony Bennett sing it on the 1962 Carnegie Hall Concert album. I always thought it was such a great song for him and wondered why he never recorded it again. On Friday, my hopes came true: “All The Things You Are” is the first song on the new Tony Bennett – Bill Charlap album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.
Once again, we have the lovely contrast of a love song from the same singer, decades apart. I’ll leave you to your own conclusions. I dearly love both of these versions.
“All The Things You Are,” as well as Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.
“All The Things You Are,” as well as The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, is available from iTunes.