This mostly chromatic, definitely non-foot-tapping melody is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard or sung. But according to #PhilipFuria (English professor, writer and expert on lyricists of the #TinPanAlley era) #JohnnyMercer (famed lyricist and co-founder of #CapitolRecords) was driving on the freeway from #PalmSprings to #Hollywood when he heard Hampton’s tune on the radio. I suppose one would have to be driving through the desert sands to conjure up images of snowy heights.
The #California scenery inspired him to compose these beautiful lyrics as he drove the 150-plus miles. PFH stuff inspired Aman Mahajan and me to perform it last week.
#VincentVanGogh and #TheStarryNights felt like the perfect backdrop. Aman did ALL the sound engineering, the video editing and piano playing. All I did was set up the lights, using a green screen for the first time, and sing. . .