Tunes on Tuesday: The Hill We Climb

Why this tune? If you watched the Presidential inauguration last week, you probably heard Amanda Gorman reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.” If you heard it then, it’s worth watching it again. It’s a beautiful work, meaningful and musical and brilliantly constructed. I was looking for a way to spend more time with thatContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: The Hill We Climb”

Tunes on Tuesday: Washington, DC

Why this tune? In honor of this week’s Presidential inauguration in my city, Washington, DC, I wanted to focus on one of the best musical tributes to the nation’s capital. Gil-Scott Heron recorded “Washington, DC” in 1982, when another American leader was, in his words, “making the world a nervous wreck.” The song captures theContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Washington, DC”

Tunes on Tuesday: Schoolhouse Rock – The Preamble

Why this tune? We’re going through a difficult time in the US, seeing direct threats to our system of government, including some from people who swore to support and defend the Constitution that set up that system. Maybe they forgot the call to “establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility,” one of the ambitious goals inContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Schoolhouse Rock – The Preamble”

Tunes on Tuesday: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve

Why this tune? If this were a normal year, many of my fellow musicians would be preparing for New Year’s Eve gigs, which might include the Frank Loesser classic “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” It’s been a seasonal hit since Loesser wrote it in 1947, with popular recordings by the Orioles in 1949Continue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

Tunes on Tuesday: I Thought About You

Why this tune? On this Giving Tuesday, here’s a song with an appropriate title for today’s focus on generosity and kindness. “I Thought About You” is another song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer written in 1939, that became a popular jazz standard by the late 50s with classic recordings by Billie Holiday, EllaContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: I Thought About You”