As is our habit, we were listening to the local Portland jazz station, KHMD, during dinner. At one point, we both stopped as one of the most beautiful songs we’d heard in a long time started to play.
It was Rosemary Clooney singing “For All We Know” from her 1991 album For The Duration. This album consists of songs that were popular during World War II. The song selection is terrific and the arrangements are lovely. Most feature a small combo with Scott Hamilton on tenor sax and Warren Vaché on cornet, though some tracks use strings. Her musical director is John Oddo.
Back to “For All We Know.” This song was written by J. Fred Coots (“You Go To My Head” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”) with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis. It’s a really wonderful song sung by one of America’s great female vocalists.