The Music for Performances

Song Details from the album New Beginnings

The young Hoagy Carmichael

One day Julie brought Doug this slow song, performed by we really don’t remember who.  It was a classic Hoagy Carmichael song and it wasn’t Stardust.  We both really liked it and developed an arrangement that ended up being not very similar to what we’d originally heard.  Julie really gives an inspired performance.  It was one of those “one-take” vocal sessions that you hear about but rarely happens.  Even though after a million listenings we heard a few small vocal flubs (I bet you’ll never hear them), we decided to not try and fix anything.  The original captured the mood perfectly.

Julie Weiner



Have you anything to say to me
Won't you tell me where my love can be
Is there a meadow in the mist
Where someone's waiting to be kissed

Oh skylark
Have you seen a valley green with spring
Where my heart can go a-journeying
Over the shadows and the rain
To a blossom-covered lane

And in your lonely flight
Haven't you heard the music in the night
Wonderful music
Faint as a will o' the wisp
Crazy as a loon
Sad as a gypsy serenading the moon

Oh skylark
I don't know if you can find these things
But my heart is riding on your wings
So if you see them anywhere
Won't you lead me there
Oh skylark
Won't you lead me there

Music: Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics: Johnny Mercer

Published: 1941

The Skylark is a bird of open farmland and heath, known throughout its range for the song of the male, which is delivered in hovering flight from heights of 50 to 100 m, when the singing bird may appear as just a dot in the sky from the ground.

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