The Glory of Love

14 06 2012

The Glory of Love—Billy Hill, 1936 (Recorded June 14, 2012) Today is my 32nd wedding anniversary. It occurs to me that I have been playing the ukulele for about as long as I’ve been married, so what better way for me to express my devotion to my one and only by singing and playing the ukulele? And a song called “The Glory of Love,” to boot? Heidi doesn’t pay much attention to my singing and ukulele playing, though, so posting this as a tribute to her is probably an exercise in pointless behavior. Ah, well, we still love each other, and that’s what counts—at least that’s what my lawyer tells me.

“Glory of Love” was the biggest hit song written by Billy Hill, whose downeast New England upbringing contrasts with his fame for writing cowboy/western-style melodies. Hill did “Go West” around 1917, spending youthful time absorbing influences that led him to write some of the best high-lonesome–sounding pop songs of the era.

I recorded this tune not only for m’lady, but also as the current entry in the Ukulele Cosmos’s monthly “Open Invitational” song challenge. Go there to hear many other fine ukulele versions of this song. In fact, if you have any interest at all in ukes (and who doesn’t?) sign up for the Cosmos forum. In addition to getting a Euro-British–inflected taste of ukuleledom, you’ll also virtually meet some of the most witty, intelligent, talented people to be found in any hemisphere.

Thanks for listening. Oh, and if anybody sees my wife, tell her I’ve been trying to call….

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2 responses

14 06 2012
Tom Harker

That’s the glory of Patsy!! You help me laugh a little!! Happy anniversary!!

14 06 2012
Patsy Monteleone

Thanks, Tommy! Hope to see you soon, ol’ pal.

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