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January 25, 2023


Sinatra sings it beautifully and it's great for romantic slow dancing, but those schmaltzy violins. I cast my vote for "Motown Forever!" The Temptations make me forget my hip surgery. I just wanna get up and dance. Definitely two eras, two moods.

Thank you, Stacey.

Sinatra understands the song, and conveys its melancholy and wistfulness.

The Sinatra track was arranged (orchestrated) by Gordon Jenkins, who favored strings.

The song -- music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by Ira Gershwin -- has a melancholy undertone that Sinatra conveys. "Each time I chanced to see Franklin D. / He always said 'hi, buddy' to me." One of Ira's greatest lyrics.

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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
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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