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My Funny Valentine , A Valentine's Day Special; Jazz and Pop A Cappella sung by The Western Wind with love poetry read by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

From: William Zukof
Length: 57:59

A Jazz and Poetry Love Fest, Sung by The Western Wind, Poetry Read by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Mfv1_small A musical celebration for Valentine's Day featuring sophisticated close-harmony arrangements of classic American love songs by jazz and pop songwriters from the 1930's - 1990's. The music includes songs by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Rogers and Hart, George Gershwin, John Denver, and Bonnie Raitt. The musical selections are woven together with selections of American love poetry by Langston Hughes, e.e.cummings, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Nikki Giovanni read by and Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis. Song and Poetry List: 1. I'm Beginning To See The Light 2:03 Duke Ellington arr. Warren Kellerhouse 2. Sunday by the Combination/ Midnight Dancer 00:30 Langston Hughes 3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2:07 Duke Ellington, arr. Warren Kellerhouse 4. Miss Blues'es Child 00:53 Langston Hughes 5. Mood Indigo 3:25 Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Barney Bigard , arr. Warren Kellerhouse 6. my love is building a building around you 0:58 e.e.cummings 7. My Funny Valentine 5:49 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, arr. Mark Johnson 8. O Distinct Lady of my unkempt adoration 1:25 e.e.cummings 9. O Lady Be Good 3:02 George and Ira Gershwin, arr. Dick Hyman 10.there are so many tictoc 0:44 e.e.cummings 11.I Got Rhythm 4:54 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, arr. Neil Farrell 12. Dream 0:26 Langston Hughes 13. 'Round Midnight 3:14 Thelonious Monk, arr. Neil Farrell 14. Boogie 1:00AM/Lady's Boogie/Chord 0:35 Langston Hughes 15. Well You Needn't 1:47 Thelonious Monk, arr. Neil Farrell 16.Song for Billie Holiday 0:51 Langston Hughes 17. Ruby My Dear 5:37 Thelonious Monk , arr. Mark Johnson 18. And Don?t Think I Won't Waiting 0:43 Audre Lourde 19. Leaving on A Jet Plane 4:19 John Denver, Arr.: Steve Freedman 20. Walker 0:23 Alice Walker 21. I Can't Make You Love Me 4:13 Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, Arr.: Mark Johnson 22. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed 1:00 Edna St. Vincent Millay 23. In My Room 2:15 Brian Wilson and Gary Usher, Arr.: Steve Freedman 24. Things That Go Together/And I Have You 1:09 Nikki Giovanni 25. Sh'boom, Life Could Be a Dream 2:31 James Keyes, Claude and Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edward, Arr. James Bassi

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Piece Description

A musical celebration for Valentine's Day featuring sophisticated close-harmony arrangements of classic American love songs by jazz and pop songwriters from the 1930's - 1990's. The music includes songs by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Rogers and Hart, George Gershwin, John Denver, and Bonnie Raitt. The musical selections are woven together with selections of American love poetry by Langston Hughes, e.e.cummings, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Nikki Giovanni read by and Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis. Song and Poetry List: 1. I'm Beginning To See The Light 2:03 Duke Ellington arr. Warren Kellerhouse 2. Sunday by the Combination/ Midnight Dancer 00:30 Langston Hughes 3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2:07 Duke Ellington, arr. Warren Kellerhouse 4. Miss Blues'es Child 00:53 Langston Hughes 5. Mood Indigo 3:25 Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Barney Bigard , arr. Warren Kellerhouse 6. my love is building a building around you 0:58 e.e.cummings 7. My Funny Valentine 5:49 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, arr. Mark Johnson 8. O Distinct Lady of my unkempt adoration 1:25 e.e.cummings 9. O Lady Be Good 3:02 George and Ira Gershwin, arr. Dick Hyman 10.there are so many tictoc 0:44 e.e.cummings 11.I Got Rhythm 4:54 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, arr. Neil Farrell 12. Dream 0:26 Langston Hughes 13. 'Round Midnight 3:14 Thelonious Monk, arr. Neil Farrell 14. Boogie 1:00AM/Lady's Boogie/Chord 0:35 Langston Hughes 15. Well You Needn't 1:47 Thelonious Monk, arr. Neil Farrell 16.Song for Billie Holiday 0:51 Langston Hughes 17. Ruby My Dear 5:37 Thelonious Monk , arr. Mark Johnson 18. And Don?t Think I Won't Waiting 0:43 Audre Lourde 19. Leaving on A Jet Plane 4:19 John Denver, Arr.: Steve Freedman 20. Walker 0:23 Alice Walker 21. I Can't Make You Love Me 4:13 Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, Arr.: Mark Johnson 22. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed 1:00 Edna St. Vincent Millay 23. In My Room 2:15 Brian Wilson and Gary Usher, Arr.: Steve Freedman 24. Things That Go Together/And I Have You 1:09 Nikki Giovanni 25. Sh'boom, Life Could Be a Dream 2:31 James Keyes, Claude and Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edward, Arr. James Bassi

Broadcast History

Originally created for PRI in 1998 and revised in 2008.

Timing and Cues

Total Length: 57:59
Incue: "My Funny Valentine..."
Break 1: 20:31 - music-"You are listening..."followed by :56 second music bed from 20:38-21:34
Break 2: 34:05 "You are listening..." followed by :43 second music bed from 38:39-39:23
Outcue: End of "I Got Rhythm" music

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
My Funny Valentine The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 05:49
Mood Indigo The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 03:25
I'm Beginning to See the Light The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 02:03
Mood Indigo The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 03:25
Don't Get Around Much Anymore The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 02:07
Oh, Lady Be Good The Western Wind and Dick Hyman My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 03:02
I Got Rhythm The Western Wind and Dick Hyman My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 04:39
'Round Midnight The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 :00
Well You Needn't The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 01:47
Ruby My Dear The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 05:39
Leaving on a Jet Plane The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 :00
I Can't Make You Love Me The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 04:19
In My Room The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 02:15
Sh'boom, Life Could Be a Dream The Western Wind My Funny Valentine. WW Records 1998 02:30

Related Website

http://www.westernwind.org