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Goes to the Movies   Sound Samples:
The Summer Knows (MP3)
Days of Wine and Roses (MP3)
The Way We Were (MP3)
The Shadow Of Your Smile (MP3)
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The Summer Knows: Sound Sample (Summer Of '42, 1971) / Autumn Leaves (1950) Michel Legrand/Alan & Matilyn Bergman; Jos. Kozma/Johnny Mercer & J. Prevert
Days of Wine and Roses: Sound Sample (1962) Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
The Way We Were: Sound Sample (1973) Marvin Hamlish/Alan & Matilyn Bergman
A Foggy Day (1937) George & Ira Gershwin
My Foolish Heart (1949) Victor Young & Ned Washington
Somewhere in Time (1980) John Barry
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Sleepless In Seattle, 1993) Bob Hilliard & David Martin
An Affair to Remember (1957) Harry Warren / Harold Adamson & Leo McCarey
Three Coins in a Fountain (1954) Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
To Each His Own (1946) Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
Call Me Irresponsible (Papa's Delicate Condition, 1963) / The Second Time Around (High Times, 1960) James Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn
Love Letters (1945) Victor Young & Howard Heyman
I've Got You Under My Skin (Born To Dance, 1936) Cole Porter
The Shadow Of Your Smile: Sound Sample (The Sandpiper, 1945) Johny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster
The Rose (1979) Amanda McBroom
It Might As Well Be Spring (State Fair, 1945) Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein

Many of you have asked for a movie theme album and here it is. The songs we selected each played a prominent part in the movie, and many were nominated for the Academy Awards and won. Selections go back as far as 1937 when Fred Astaire walked through a misty London park singing Gershwin's immortal, A Foggy Day while waiting for Ginger Rogers to bring out the sun. The film was A Damsel In Distress, and though we can't quite remember just what the distress was, the song lives on. This is typical of movie themes with some notable exceptions. When we hear Tara's Theme written by Max Steiner for the film Gone With The Wind (1939) we can picture ourselves riding in a horse drawn carriage up the winding, tree-lined lane waiting to see Scarlett O'hara standing on the upper verandah looking down for Ashley Wilkes and instead seeing Rhett Butler. The song and the movie are inseparable. You could say the same for As Time Goes By from Casablanca (1942) or Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz (1939).

The timing for movie songwriting was perfect. It was around 1930 just after the beginning of "talkies", and the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. Movies were the mass entertainment of the era and allowed us all across the nation to escape from the harsh realities for a little while. Film musicals like the Astaire–Rogers films were all the rage. Hollywood with money to spend had the pick of the great American song writers who rushed out west from New York for the money and the excitement of working in this new medium. They all came—The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Van Heusen, and through films sent their songs out to the millions. This, together with advances in recording and the wide acceptance of the gramophone, created a mass media effect that goes on to this day.

So sit back, relax and enjoy Cocktail Piano's nostalgic trip to the movies. You'll be glad you did!

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