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September 26, 2007 |
Post to the Host:
My youngest daughter and I have been faithful APHC fans for years... Me for just over 2 decades too!
Maureen, now 23, will be getting married this spring (2008) and she wants to play the APHC opening theme at her entrance to the wedding party after church. I love the idea!
Is there a CD available with a long version of the APHC opening number ? If not I guess I'll have to cull through the recordings I''ve made over the years and cobble something together for her.
Many Thanks and... Happy 65th!
Robert W. L.
"Tishomingo Blues" by Spencer Williams has been a big hit ever since it came out in 1917, a standard among jazz players, but I've never heard of it being used for a wedding processional. A great idea, I think. You'll find Rich Dworsky's elegant piano arrangement in the Mel Bay songbook, "A Prairie Home Companion," and you can find the original in any good collection of jazz composition. (Williams composed the piece, it's not an improvisation.) We've used it as a theme since 1990 and I wrote new words to replace the original lyric, which went
Way down in Mississippi, Among the cypress trees, They get you dippy, With
their strange melodies, To resist temptation, I just can't refuse, In Tishomingo I wish to linger, Where they play the weary blues.
Any good pianist or organist can give Maureen a stately (or lively, depending on taste) version of "Tishomingo Blues," and she will be well-launched on the new life. I wish her a long and happy life.