Posts Tagged ‘The Best Is Yet To Come – The Songs of Cy Coleman’

Fiona Apple – Why Try to Change Me Now

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So let people wonder
Let ‘em laugh
Let ‘em frown
You know I’ll love you
Till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was one of Cy Coleman‘s first major hits… recorded in 1959 by a ‘lil crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse artists as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic ballad. Fiona’s 2009 reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for The Best Is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman tribute album.

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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Jill Sobule – I’ve Got Your Number

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This week’s tune was written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh for the hit 1962 musical Little Me starring Sid Caesar (nominated for 10 Tony’s, one win for the legendary Bob Fosse). Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee were buddies with Cy and both had hit pop versions of the song the following year; Ella Fitzgerald also had considerable success with it in 1966.

This version celebrates its’ 7th birthday tomorrow and features the lovely and always awesome Jill Sobule on vocals, Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on keys, Jay Bellerose on drums and an arrangement by producer Dave Palmer. From 2009′s critically acclaimed tribute album: The Best Is Yet To Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman.

Check out this clip of (the incredibly sexy) Joey Heatherton performing the song on a 1965 episode of the Dean Martin Show!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Master (Jill Sobule) controlled by Notable Music Co.contact Damon Booth: info@notablemusic.net
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.

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Patty Griffin – The Best Is Yet To Come

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Released in 2009, The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman featured performances by a variety of the most compelling female vocalists in the business, including Fiona Apple, Sam Phillips, Nikka Costa, Ambrosia Parsley, Madeleine Peyroux, Missy Higgins and more.

This week we spotlight the incomparable Patty Griffin‘s sultry reading of the classic “The Best Is Yet To Come” featuring some of our favorite players on the planet: Jay Bellerose on drums, Reggie Hamilton on bass, Chris Bruce & Mark Goldenberg on guitar, and producer/arranger Dave Palmer on piano… you think you’ve flown before but you ain’t left the ground!

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
FilmTVInquiries@sonyatv.com
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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Fiona Apple – I Walk A Little Faster

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Reprinted from: Just Around the Corner by Jonathan Schwartz (radio host & music historian) Dec 19, 1988 New York Magazine:

“Benches in Central Park, baloney on a roll, the arrogant thrust of Sinatra‘s making it, the New York City of song. Bart Howard’s ‘Walk Up, Vernon Duke’s ‘Autumn in New York’, Rodgers and Hart’s ‘Manhattan,’ and dozens of others speak of our city, of falling in and out of love, of conquering the town, of finding a spot for oneself, of leaving forever.”

“For me, the most romantic of all, made without baloney or glittering crowds in canyons of steel, is “I Walk A Little Faster” by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Its lyric is aware of quiet panic, of relentless aloneness, of the pale glimmer of hope.”

“The song speaks of unrequited love…to the possibilities of a new love: ‘Can’t begin to see my future shine as yet,/No sign as yet, you’re mine as yet./Rushing t’ward a face I can’t divine as yet’.”

“It’s been lovingly recorded by Tony Bennett and precious few others, but the song is out there dressed for whatever occasion you have in mind. The simple, plaintive melody is typical Coleman. “I Walk A Little Faster” is precisely urban, peculiar only to our specific streets, ill at ease with out-of-town.” concludes Schwartz. “It’s a taxi in the rain with no off-duty sign. It’s Hamburger Heaven forever.”

. Recorded by Fiona Apple at Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood CA 2008, produced by Dave Palmer, mixed by Tom Elmhirst, London UK. You can purchase it HERE.

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
FilmTVInquiries@sonyatv.com
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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