Tunes On Tuesday: I Hate Onions

Why this tune?

Back in May I wrote about my first song “I Believe In Rhubarb,” inspired by a conversation about gardening. My wife liked the song but suggested that I write another one about a subject closer to her heart. That led to my second song, “I Hate Onions,” which also marked the end of my exploration of vegetable-themed music. I’ve been performing this one with Barbara Papendorp and other singers for years – it works well in restaurant gigs when you want to present a food-themed set (we usually pair it with the classic “Frim Fram Sauce”).

Dig this detail!

For Onions, I included the titles of fifteen jazz standards in the lyrics. It was a fun exercise to see how many titles I could include while still telling a consistent story. One future project is to play a set of all of the tunes included in the song:

  • April In Paris
  • Moonlight In Vermont
  • Groovin’ High
  • Blue Skies
  • Stardust
  • Easy To Love
  • Lover Man
  • I Could Write A Book
  • I Should(n’t) Care
  • As Time Goes By
  • Don’t Explain
  • It Don’t Mean A Thing
  • Minority
  • All Of Me
  • What’ll I Do

Check it out!

Barbara Papendorp sings “Onions” live in 2013

Beth Logan Raffeld sings “Onions” in 2009

Published by Oren Levine

Jazz pianist and composer in Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology professional working at a small DC nonprofit

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