Last Night When We Were Young

10 07 2012

Last Night When We Were Young—H. Arlen/E.Y. Harburg, 1935 (Recorded July 10, 2012) Harold Arlen told Alec Wilder that he wrote this song expressly for opera singer/actor Lawrence Tibbett. Tibbett’s performance of the song was cut from the movie, Metropolitan, though, but the tune lived on in well-known pop versions by Sinatra and Judy Garland, among others.

I love the song, and tried my best to do it justice. Represented here is version 10 of my recorded efforts, so, yeah, I tried and tried! Since there is a loud vocal part toward the end, I kept getting the levels wrong, blowing out the recording during the lung-busting measure. This cut turned out ok, technically and performance-wise, although I still sing it better in the shower. ;°)

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16 07 2012
Tom Harker

Hey Patsy, as an aging person, I really enjoyed the song and appreciate the theme. Thanks. Here are a couple links I think relate to the theme. The first one is a Tom Waits cover “Back in the Good Old World”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeT4sulvK4Q&list=FLu0y6axG97_OoLPU0SvYSBg&index=7&feature=plpp_video

The second is one of mine, “Where Is the Boy?”:

Yours – Tom

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