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February 24, 2021


These are all great, David! I remember this original post--when we were all 8 years younger. I would like to add Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"

Since you mentioned Vera Lynn, I thought I'd add this:

“We’ll Meet Again,” sung by Vera Lynn (1917-2020)

Roger Waters concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2017: “Vera” and “Bring the Boys Back Home” [“Vera” refers to Vera Lynn. For those wishing to delve deeper, it’s the 17th track on Pink Floyd’s THE WALL album.]

Here’s an introspective rendition of “Vera” and “Bring the Boys Back Home” by Roger Waters. Be sure to read his open letter.

DAME VERA LYNN: WE'LL MEET AGAIN: a BBC film tribute made in 2017 to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Finally, it's hard to eclipse these albums by Frank Sinatra: SONGS FOR SWINGIN' LOVERS, IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, and FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY. His June 25, 1958, recording of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)" never loses its shiver threshold for me.

I’ve heard this moving song performed at several funeral services. It’s Vince Gill singing his own song “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” accompanied by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs.

Great comments. Denise, you're right about Peggy Lee's song. It was written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, but she wrote some excellent songs herself early in her career. Dr Earle, thank you once again. From the "Wee Small Hours" album, I'd nominate Harold Arlen's "Last Night When We Were Young" (lyrics Yip Harburg) for a funerary occasion.

Great post. Songs to go out to, to be gone by. I second or third Denise's nomination for "Is That all There is"-- such a weird & wonderful song. My own nomination is "Words of Love," as sung by Mama Cass Elliot: a song for going to new places--

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
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