A Fantastic Foursome That’s Season Appropriate

Time for another of our 'fantastic foursome' posts. Today's choice is perfectly suited to what I see when I look out my window. Although "Autumn Leaves" has become a familiar standard, you might be surprised to learn that it started life as a French song titled "Les Feuilles Mortes" ("The Dead Leaves"), and was introduced … Continue reading A Fantastic Foursome That’s Season Appropriate

Roger Williams Will Be Remembered

(In light of the recent passing of Roger Williams, I thought I'd repost a piece from 2007. I've added some music and a very nice video I found that features Autumn scenes backed by his classic recording of "Autumn Leaves".) Command Performances - A Specialty Of Roger Williams Command performances by musicians, whether for royalty … Continue reading Roger Williams Will Be Remembered

Command Performances – A Specialty Of Roger Williams

Command performances by musicians, whether for royalty or presidents, have always fascinated me. Obviously, centuries ago they were performed because of a ruler's actual command for the artist to appear and entertain, but I have a feeling that it didn't take long for the performers to understand and appreciate the prestige and fame that could … Continue reading Command Performances – A Specialty Of Roger Williams