September Song

2 10 2011

September Song—K. Weill/M. Anderson, 1938 (Recorded late September-early October, 2011) Why am I posting a song about September in the month of October? I must be mad!

Seriously, though, this is the number written specifically by Weill and Anderson for the great Walter Huston to sing in 1938 the play Knickerbocker Holiday. The song became a popular hit in subsequent decades, enjoying a number of interpretations by artists as varied as Ezio Pinza, Maurice Chevalier, Matt Monro, Eydie Gormé, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, Patti Page, and Billy Eckstine, among others.

My interpretation was prompted by the Ukulele Cosmos monthly Invitational challenge, whose September theme was (what else?) “September Song.” I was hemming and hawing about doing this tune until my good friend, Arturo “Arch” Larizza offered to lay down cello accompaniment against my uke and vocal tracks. After about a week of back and forth, re-recording sections, and sorting out mixing challenges, we came up with this very interesting version. Arch’s cello is hauntingly beautiful, and the whole thing is quite dramatic and moving, in keeping with the introspection of the tune’s original reading.