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Song 78: The Heartbeat of New York (Original)

Today I premiere a song that I started writing when I knew I was going to be moving out of Manhattan and didn't finish until last night. It started as a poem, which is unusual for my songwriting process. Been feeling a lot of emotions about the city that I love and helped get me in the place to finish this.

Here are the lyrics:

The Heartbeat of New York

So many people barely hanging on
By a thread or a silver spoon
And they each own a share of Washington Square
On a Tuesday afternoon

Yellow taxis purr then start to roar
A set of silhouettes lingers in the hall
That good girl next door isn’t home anymore
She’s running with the heartbeat of New York

These streets are paved with gold under cold concrete
They’ll take away your soul they’ll make you feel complete
And though they take their toll they’ll always be
The beating heart of New York City in me

A siren sounds down Fifth Avenue
Hark the holy angels sing in Herald Square
A trust fund troubadour sings the blues to marble floors
Strumming with the heartbeat of New York

In dreams of steel and stone mixed with blood and heat
I’ll make my way alone down 42nd street
And though this ain’t my home, I’ll never leave
The beating heart of New York City in me

Hearts beat as one some beat us down
Some lift us up some let us drown
And if I get lost, oh I know I’ll be found
In the beating heart of New York City
New York City in me

And as the Empire sun sinks on stormy seas
A million lights turn on this town that never sleeps
If I can make it here oh I’m down on my knees
To the beating heart of New York City
New York City in me

Under a streetlight on Delancey street
Or maybe on a bench somewhere in Central Park
I’ll meet you anywhere you want to go tonight
Living in the heartbeat of New York

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Fly Me to the Moon", originally titled "In Other Words", is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.

In 1999, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored "Fly Me to the Moon" by inducting it as a "Towering Song". The song was featured in the 2003 film Down With Love
Tony DeSare went back to his hometown of Hudson Falls for the grand opening of the Strand Theater. Watch the whole video on YouTube.
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Piano: Tedd Firth
Bass: Dylan Shamat
Guitar: Edward Decker
Drums: Michael Klopp

Scott Thompson
Dylan Canterbury
Vito Speranza
Rob Robson

Bill Palange
Bret Zvacek
Tyler Giroux
Mike Meidenbauer

Keith Pray
Lee Russo
Nate Giroux
Mark Beaubriand
Jeanine Ouderkirk

Sound by David Harris and Josh Pechette
Video Shot by: Look Media
Production Producer -Jesse H. Jackson
1st Camera-Jack Hojohn
2nd Camera -- Dayna Peck

Edited by Tony DeSare
Audio mixed and mastered by Tony DeSare
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Tony DeSare - Piano and Vocals
Edward Decker - 7 String Guitar
Dylan Shamat - Bass
Michael Klopp - Drums

Recorded using Cubase Pro 10
Piano: Yamaha DC7XE3PRO
Vocal Microphone: Neumann M149
Audio mixed and masteres by Tony DeSare
Video shot and edited by Tony DeSare

"Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" is a 1929 song written by Andy Razaf and Don Redman. It was recorded by the Redman-led McKinney's Cotton Pickers on Victor on November 5, 1929 as "Gee, Ain't I Good to You."[1]

It was later performed by The King Cole Trio. The single peaked at #20 on the national charts and was the group's final #1 on the Harlem Hit Parade.[2] The A-side of the song, "I Realize Now" peaked at #9 on the Harlem Hit Parade. It is usually played in E flat blues.

Other notable recordings of the song include versions by Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Clark, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Kenny Burrell, Diana Krall, The Coasters,[3] Bill Wurtz[4], and Geoff Muldaur.[5][6]

The song featured in the 1994 movie The Mask, performed by Susan Boyd who dubbed Cameron Diaz.

Deana Martin recorded “Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You” on her 2013 album Destination Moon.
Tony DeSare - Piano and Vocals
Edward Decker - Marchione 7 String Guitar
Brian Czach - Drums
Billy Thornton - Bass
John Sandfort - Tenor Sax

I've had enough subway trains
take me down mysterious lanes
I've had too much I've had too few
But I'll never have enough of you

I've had enough of your all night talks
Had enough angry walks
Sometimes I've had it haven't you?
But I will never have enough of you

Say you need me say you care
Your love please do declare
You're the one that I will always sigh for baby

I've had enough Sunday blues
Paid enough hard earned dues
I may be crazy but it's true
I'll never have enough of you

Say you need me say you care
Your love please do declare
You're the one that I will always sigh for baby

I've had enough Monday blues
Dodged enough high-heeled shoes
I may be crazy but it's true
I'll Never have enough of you

Music and lyrics by Tony DeSare

Recorded on a Yamaha DC7XE3PRO into Cubase Pro 10.
Mixed and Mastered by Tony DeSare
Video produced by Tony DeSare
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Tony DeSare - Piano and Vocals (Yamaha DC7XE3PRO)
Edward Decker - 7 String Guitar (Marchione Guitars)
Brian Czach - Drums
Billy Thornton - Bass
John Sandfort - Tenor Saxophone

"Somebody Loves Me" is a popular song, with music written by George Gershwin, and lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and Buddy DeSylva. This is not to be confused with the Southern gospel song written by W.F. & Marjorie Crumley. The song was published in 1924 and featured in George White's Scandals of 1924.

There were a number of popular versions in 1924 and 1925 by Paul Whiteman, Ray Miller, Marion Harris and Cliff Edwards (aka "Ukulele Ike") with the Whiteman version being top-rated.

One of the later better-known versions was by The Four Lads. This recording was made on August 18, 1952 and released by Columbia Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 18, 1952. It peaked at #22 on the charts.
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Decided I just need to sit down and play and record more videos without obsessing about making them perfect. Hopefully I'll be able to put out more content this way by just doing quick one takes of songs that I love. Hope you enjoy!

"Sweet Lorraine" is a popular song by Cliff Burwell (music) and Mitchell Parish (lyrics) that was published in 1928 and has since become a jazz standard. It has been recorded by many artists, including Rudy Vallee in 1928, Teddy Wilson in 1935, and Nat King Cole in 1940.

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Another quick take of one of my favorite Beatles' songs.
"Come Together"
Single by the Beatles
from the album Abbey Road
A-side "Something" (double A-side)
Released 6 October 1969
Format 7-inch record
Recorded 21–30 July 1969,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Blues rock[1]
Length 4:19
Label Apple
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"The Ballad of John and Yoko"
(1969) "Something" / "Come Together"
(1969) "Let It Be"
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"Come Together" on YouTube
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"Come Together" is a song by the Beatles written primarily by John Lennon[2] and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is the opening track on the album Abbey Road and was also released as a single coupled with "Something". The song reached the top of the charts in the United States and peaked at No. 4 in the United Kingdom.
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Capathia Jenkins I in rehearsals for our new symphony pops show. We decided to record a little of the rehearsal. We both love Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her So and it's in the show!

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I fell in love with George Gershwin's, Rhapsody in Blue when I was 12 years old. I learned it the best I could and then kind of left it behind until recently.
The version that I always loved most is the piano solo with Ferde Grofe's symphonic arrangement. Essentially this version is a hybrid between the symphonic version, with the invidiual instruments being played (or strummed) on acoustic piano , the piano solo version and the two piano version.

Recorded on Yamaha DC7X-E3PRO, May 4, 2017
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Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.
Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, "theater orchestra" setting published in 1926, and the symphony orchestra scoring published in 1942, though completed earlier. The piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.
The editors of the Cambridge Music Handbooks opined that "The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works."
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"She's Always a Woman" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. It is a love song about a modern woman, with whom he falls in love for her quirks as well as her flaws. The single peaked at #17 in the U.S. in 1977, and at #53 in the UK in 1986, when it was released as a double A-side with "Just the Way You Are". It re-entered the UK chart in 2010, reaching #29. A Muzak version of the track is known to be one of the last songs played over the former World Trade Center complex before its collapse. The song is played in the compound time signature of 6/8.
Recorded live at the Smith Center - Las Vegas, NV March 26, 2016
Guitar - Edward Decker, Drums - Brian Czach, Bass - Kenneth Seiffert

Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dororthy Fields
From the Broadway Musical, Sweet Charity.

Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. It is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. However, where Fellini's black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful sex worker, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.

The musical was adapted for the screen in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed this film.

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A tribute to the great arrangement by Quincy Jones and song (by Bart Howard) made eternally famous by Frank Sinatra.

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Cinematography: Robbie Vicencio
Michael Sailors - Trumpet
Benny Reid - Tenor Sax
Michael Klopp - Drums
Edward Decker - 7 String Guitar
Tedd Firth - Piano
Words and music by Bart Howard
Based on arrangement by Quincy Jones
A tribute to the "bel canto" style of pop singing Frank Sinatra pioneered.
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"I Have Dreamed" is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. In the original Broadway production it was sung by Doretta Morrow and Larry Douglas. It has since become a standard, with many artists recording the song. The tune has been accused of similarities to Alfred Newman's track, "The Hill of the Brilliant Green Jade", from the 1944 film The Keys of the Kingdom starring Gregory Peck,[1] though only 7 notes are the same.

In the show, the characters of Lun Tha and Tuptim sing of how they have dreamt of their true love blossoming, as they prepare to escape from the King's palace. This is in contrast to the subdued mood of the song "We Kiss in a Shadow", when they fear that the King would know about their love.

"I Have Dreamed" was added to the score of The King and I during its out-of-town tryout run. The song was recorded for the soundtrack of the 1956 The King and I filmation but ultimately no footage was shot to feature "I Have Dreamed" with the song being featured in the film only in the incidental music prior to the "We Kiss in a Shadow" sequence. However "I Have Dreamed" is featured on the movie soundtrack album.

Recorded versions[edit]
Ronnie Aldrich
Thomas Allen
Julie Andrews (1994) - Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers
June Angela and Martin Vidnovic for the 1977 Broadway revival recording of The King and I
Jane Ira Bloom
Boston Pops Orchestra
Peabo Bryson with Lea Salonga (1992) for the 1992 Hollywood Bowl studio cast recording of The King and I
Chad & Jeremy (Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1965 (see 1965 in music)
Donna Cruz
Bill Cunliffe
Bobby Darin
Sammy Davis Jr.
Doris Day (Richard Rodgers identified hers as the most beautiful rendition he had ever heard)
Trudy Desmond
Connie Evingson
Sergio Franchi covered this song on his 1964 RCA Victor album The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi[2]
Connie Francis
David Friesen
Wilbur Harden
Fred Hersch
Lena Horne
Betty Johnson
Dick Johnson
Tom Jones
Andre Kostelanetz
Nancy Lamott
Julius LaRosa
The Lettermen
Keith Lockhart
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Johnny Mathis
Howard McGillin
Dave McKenna
Helen Merrill
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Matt Monro
Doretta Morrow with Larry Douglas for the original Broadway cast recording
Patrice Munsel
Kelli O'Hara
Greg Phillinganes
Herb Pomeroy
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
"Little" Jimmy Scott
Jeanette Scovotti
Doc Severinsen
Marc Shaiman - arranged for the film The American President
Cybill Shepherd
David Silverman
Kaz Simmons – Take Me Home (2005)
Frank Sinatra - The Concert Sinatra (1963)
Barbra Streisand- recorded in 1985 as part of a King and I medley that incorporates elements of “We Kiss In a Shadow” and concludes with “Something Wonderful.”
Bryn Terfel (1996) - Something Wonderful: Bryn Terfel sings Rodgers and Hammerstein
Scott Walker
Gerald Wiggins
Andy Williams
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Mike Sailors on Trumpet
Benny Reid on Saxophone
Steve Doyle on Bass
Edward Decker on Guitar
Michael Klopp on Drums
Tedd Firth on Piano
Robbie Vicencio - Cinematography and Camera
From Tony DeSare Orchestra featuring Kate Davis and Andromeda Turre
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Tedd Firth - Piano
Michael Klopp - Drums
Steve Doyle - Bass
Edward Decker - 7 string guitar

"If I Fell" is a song by the Beatles which first appeared in 1964 on their album A Hard Day's Night in the United Kingdom and North America, as well as on their North American album Something New. It was written by John Lennon,[2] and credited to Lennon--McCartney. "That's my first attempt at a ballad proper....It shows that I wrote sentimental love ballads way back when", Lennon stated in his 1980 Playboy Magazine Interview. The song was ranked as the 371st best song of all time by Q104.3
Correction: Correct spelling of writer's name is David Mann, not David Man.
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"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" is a 1955 popular song composed by David Mann, with lyrics by Bob Hilliard. It was introduced as the title track of Frank Sinatra's 1955 album In the Wee Small Hours.

It was composed by Mann and Hilliard during a post-midnight session at Hilliard's New Jersey home. Mann was about to depart for New York when Hilliard insisted he remain to try some impromptu songwriting. Mann reluctantly agreed and eventually came up with the tune, to which Hilliard quickly wrote a lyric.[1]

Frank Sinatra, on the album In The Wee Small Hours (1955).
Johnny Mathis, on the album Wonderful Wonderful (1957).
Andy Williams, on the album Lonely Street (1959).
Ella Fitzgerald, on the album "Ella Fitzgerald Live at Mister Kelly's" (recorded 1958/rel. 2007).
Julie London, on the album Around Midnight (1960).
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, on the album Caravan (1962).
Johnny Hartman, featured on the album I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (1963).
Astrud Gilberto, on the album I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do (1969).
Carly Simon, on her album My Romance (1990).
Barbra Streisand has covered the song twice. On her 1991 retrospective, Just For the Record, Barbra sang a medley of "When You Gotta Go" and "Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (from a 1969 live performance). In 2009, Streisand recorded a new, studio version of "Wee Small Hours" for her album, Love is the Answer, produced by jazz artist *Liza Minnelli, on her 1996 album Gently.
Carol Sloane, on her 1996 album, "The Songs Sinatra Sang".
Rosemary Clooney, on At Long Last (with the Count Basie Orchestra) (1998).
Chris Botti, on his album Slowing Down the World (1999), featuring Sting on vocals.
Nanci Griffith, on her 2001 album, Clock Without Hands.
Jamie Cullum, on his album Pointless Nostalgic (2002).
Ronnie Milsap, on his 2004 album Just for a Thrill.
Dave Van Norden, featured in The Matador (2005).
Kurt Elling, on his 2007 release Nightmoves, as a medley with "Leaving Again" (Keith Jarrett).
John Mayer with Chris Botti on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.
Daniel Matto, on his 2010 release I'm Old Fashioned.
Diana Krall.
Gary Crosby on the album "Gary Crosby belts the blues"
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17 Versions of Jingle Bells
The Versions:
1. Piano Lessons
2. Ragtime
3. Randy Newman
4. Tango
5. Waltz
6. Jewish
7. Michael McDonald
8. Spanish
9. Elton John
10. Polka
11. Radiohead
12. Boogie Woogie
13. Neil Diamond
14. Blues
15. Green Day
16. Jerry Lee Lewis
17. Classical
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"It's All Right With Me" is a popular song written by Cole Porter, for his 1953 musical Can-Can, where it was introduced by Peter Cookson as the character Judge Aristide Forestier.[1]

The song is also used in the Cole Porter musical High Society. In the original 1998 Broadway production it was performed by the character Tracy Samantha Lord,[2] played by Melissa Errico.[3]

Other recordings of the song[edit]
Erroll Garner (1956)
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (1956),[4] Ella at the Opera House (1958),[5] Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert (1959)[6]
Rita Reys - The Cool Voice of Rita Reys (1956)
Jeri Southern - Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter (1959)
Frank Sinatra - recorded for the film version of Can-Can in 1960, and again in 1984 for L.A. Is My Lady[7]
Vic Damone - On the Swingin' Side (1961)
Steve Lawrence - Lawrence Goes Latin (1961)
Crystal Gayle - We Must Believe in Magic (1977)
Zoot Sims - Live in Copenhagen (1978, released 1995), with Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Ed Thigpen [8]
Tom Waits - Red Hot + Blue (1990)[9]
Harry Connick, Jr - We Are in Love (1990)[10]
Mel Tormé - Sing Sing Sing (1992)[11]
George Michael - Songs from the Last Century (1999)
Susannah McCorkle - Ballad Essentials (2002)
Jazz Orchestra of the Delta - Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter (2003)
Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable (2008)
Brad Mehldau - Live in Marciac (2011)
Moloko covered the song for their 1995 tour, Roisin Murphy also covered it in 2004.
Chelsea Krombach, also sings in on her debut album Profile (2004)[12]
Tony DeSare performs "Kiss"