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“My Favorite Things,” day 5 of the week-long uke challenge

I had no idea that there was an updated version of The Sound of Music on TV last night. I’ve seen the original film so many times it’s etched into memory. It’s a little kitschy for me, but any movie in which people are fleeing Nazis can’t be all bad. Besides, you get moments like these where everything just works out perfectly and your heart swells.

Here’s mine:

The version of this song I truly appreciate is John Coltrane’s cover, but it shares nothing in common with my version other than a basic melody and the fact that they were both recorded by black men in their 40s. I won’t pretend to know his motivation for transforming this treacly show tune into a jazz standard, but it’s an act of American genius, if I may wax jingoistic.


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“You Made Me Love You,” day 3 of the song/day challenge

These selections are getting tougher and tougher! “You Made Me Love You” is another selection from the Great American Songbook; I seriously considered a Springsteen song, but I’m not sure we’d all have the patience to sit through my rendering of “Thunder Road.” (It is pretty epic, though.)

Here’s my version of “You Made me Love You;” I’m accepting that perfect is the enemy of the good, and I hope you’re also so inclined.

Harry James and his orchestra were one of many to perform this classic; clip is below.

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Song/day challenge, Day 2: “Button Up Your Overcoat”

Today was a rough day, so I’d forgotten my goal of uploading a new song each day until an hour ago.

This is another selection from the Great American Songbook: “Button Up Your Overcoat” by Ray Henderson. The lyrics are adorable and somewhat cheesy, but the sentiment expressed is extremely charming.

Here’s my version:

And here’s the recording that America became familiar with in 1929:

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