Why this tune?
You’re likely to hear Alone Together at almost any jazz jam session. Like many familiar standards, most of the people playing it probably don’t know the lyrics to the original song, or know that it was written for the musical Flying Colors in 1932. I didn’t know that until I prepared this story.
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You’re more likely to hear instrumental versions of this tune than vocal ones, which is a shame, because the lyrics are lovely, and also sort of appropriate for our current Coronavirus condition. I took the liberty of updating them a bit for 2020:
Alone together, avoiding crowds We'll stay at home, we’re not allowed To cling together, It's fine As long as we’re together Alone together, six feet apart Across the room, We're close at heart We're near together and what is there To fear together Our love you cannot quarantine Our love for each other needs no vaccine The clubs, the parties, we can postpone While we're alone together
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Kendra Shank and Geoff Keezer
Lovely solo piano version from Hank Jones