It was a fun show yesterday at Beverly Hills Sunrise Senior Living. The residents were excited about the performance and were a fantastic audience! I loved playing and talking about the songs, and talking about the music business that brought the songs into our lives.
I played a Cordoba Classical nylon string guitar, used the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch for vocal harmonies, and used Ableton Live to play backing tracks I created for “Mack the Knife.” The above photo of me was taken a few years ago by Irene Young.
Dream a Little Dream of Me (1931) written by Andre/Schwandt/Kahn (lyricist)
Ode to Billy Joe (1967) Bobby Gentry
Tracks of My Tears (1965) Smokey Robinson
To Sir With Love (1967) Lulu from the film “To Sir With Love”
Locomotion (1962) Little Eva
It’s Too Late (1971) Carole King from “Tapestry”
Mack the Knife (1928) written by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht
Put a Little Love in Your Heart (1969) Jackie DeShannon
After what happened about this year’s Oscars, it was meaningful to consider a film like “To Sir With Love,” a great film about people, not about race, with a great hit song, too:
According to Wikipedia, the film’s title song, sung by Lulu, reached No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts for 5 weeks in the autumn of 1967, and was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for that year. The movie ranked number 27 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies.