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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ballads Before Bed #2 - May 19

Paul Edis (piano)

A second in a developing series of Paul Edis' late night lockdown Ballads Before Bed YouTube performances. A brief introduction then, without further commentary, thirty minutes or so of relaxed, superlative piano playing. 

My One and Only Love (comp. Guy Wood/lyrics Robert Mellin) set the mood. A drink in hand (McEwan's Champion, a killer 7.3%)...ahhh! When I Fall in Love (comp. Victor Young/lyrics Edward Heyward), yes, this was perfect late night material. Our host took Rodgers and Hart's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered at the right pace, that is, real slow with Lorenz Hart's lyrics (including the verse) sung in the listener's - and possibly Edis' - head. 


We'll Be Together Again (comp. Carl Fisher/lyrics Frankie Laine) maintained the relaxed mood, perhaps the title a pointer to the not-too-distant future - we will be together again...at a real, live gig! The late-nineteenth century Scottish song The Skye Boat Song could have been tonight's lullaby but pianist Edis had a couple more to play - Jimmy Van Heusen's Darn That Dream (lyrics Eddie DeLange) is one of the great tunes, its inclusion in the set most welcome, and, to finish, Horace Silver's Peace. Good night.  
Russell

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