#PolkaDotsandMoonbeams was published first in 1940, that’s 80 years ago. And it became a huge hit for #FrankSinatra. The music was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It’s also one of the world’s top 100 recorded jazz tunes. So naturally, I wanted to try it. I’ve never sung a song to […]
#Nuages (meaning ‘clouds’ in French) is guitar player #DjangoReinhardt’s most famous composition. It was first recorded in 1940 although he did at least 13 versions after that.There were no lyrics when Django wrote the piece, of course. But the melody is so beautiful and haunting that it didn’t take long before people wrote lyrics to […]
I love this cute little song. #MyEchoMyShadowandMe also called #WeThree. It was published in 1939 by Nelson Cogane, Sammy Mysels and Dick Robertson. The next year it was a hit for #FrankSinatra and continued to be successful for many singers. Here I am with Alexandre Vianna who is from Sao Paolo in Brazil, a place […]
July 4, 2020, Redoane Ayoub (Red) on Guitar and me singing Most of my songs are non-fiction. This one is called ‘What Stress’ and I wrote it some time ago. Nothing seems to change, I dunno what’s wrong with me I must confess. I’ve performed it many times with different lineups. What makes this bluesy, rock-and-roll […]
I was trying to write lyrics to a melody that was playing in my head and I couldn’t hear myself think. It was the birds outside. Cackling, cawing, chirping, #tweeting and generally creating what I can only describe as strange, symphonic, cacophonic avian prose. @RamjeeChandran put the chords together since I mostly know only A,D […]
I wrote this song in April 2020 when it looked like this COVID lockdown would never, ever end. My son Stefan Persson and daughter-in-law Linda live in New York City and i missed them desperately. It’s June 11 today, and I still have no idea when I’ll see them again. Aman Mahajan created the right […]
On June 3, 2020 around midnight, Ramjee and decided to put on a concert for our doggies Kara and Brownie in our living room in Bangalore. We got all dressed up, put up a stage curtain and played our hearts out. The dogs went to sleep.
With thanks to The Crusaders