The song of the day for Wednesday, March 27, 2103 is When Do The Bells Ring For Me.
About This Song
When Do The Bells Ring For Me was written by composer, pianist and songwriter Charles DeForest. Mr. DeForest was a noted cabaret performer in New York for virtually his entire professional life. His songs were recorded by George Shearing, Blossom Dearie, Chris Conner, Sylvia Syms and, of course, Tony Bennett, who featured three of his songs on his 1990 album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist.
About This Version
Today’s recording is from Astoria, which I believe is one of Tony Bennett’s best and most beautifully realized albums. It’s an autobiographical album, which starts with the return of the young World War II veteran to his home in Astoria as he adjusts to his life again, falls in love, and begins his career. In this song, he asks the question that all of us have asked ourselves at some point: when do the bells ring for me?
Thanks to YouTube, here’s a video of Tony performing this song from the 1991 Grammy Awards: