Recently on WPR Larry Meiller did a show on Guilty Pleasures. I laughed out loud when a woman called in and said her guilty pleasure was watching the Lawrence Welk show on PBS Saturday evening! And that is my “guilty pleasure” also! (And dark chocolate….). I love the music, the costumes and Mr. Welk, who I think looked a little like my Grandpa Nels. On last week’s show Tom from Bloomington sang Moon River and I had my selection for this weekend!
Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer collaborated on Moon River for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. ( But I think of it as Andy Williams theme song.). An article in Atlantic Monthly called it “a love song to wanderlust.” And more trivia…Johnny Mercer’s hometown in Georgia was renamed Moon River in his honor and yes, there are huckleberries to pick on the river bank.
Alex North (born Isadore Soifer in 1910) was an American composer best known for his film scores. Unchained Melody was the theme song for a little-known prison film called Unchained. And we know it best as a signature song for the Righteous Brothers. ( And also in the movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Tear jerker!)
I chose this song because it was released in 1955, the year I was born and this week would have been my birthday. EXCEPT my youngest daughter, Aubre, was born on my 24th birthday so she took my special day from me. It is great being “24” and having a 41-year-old daughter!!!!
I was asked how I choose the music. This week I had too many different songs running though my head and then during supper last night Field of Gold came on Pandora. And then I woke up today singing Fields of Gold in my head. My decision was made!
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner ( with a long name like that no wonder he goes by Sting!) was born in England in 1951. Before going solo he was part of the rock band Police.
In composing this ballad, Sting was inspired by the beautiful sunsets at his home bordering a field of barley. The lyrics tell the story of love…courtship, marriage and death.
“You’ll remember me….when we walked the fields of gold.”