Our Love is Here to Stay

LOV121OurLoveisHereToStay    There are two main reasons for this blog. Number one, I like to make quality backup sequences available to anyone who can use them. Most of my readers are vocalists without a band, but I do have some duos and trios who just want a fuller sound. My second reason is to make younger musicians aware of older songs they would otherwise never hear – but should have in their repertoire. This is one of those songs.
“Our Love is Here to Stay” was written in 1938 (a loooong time ago) by George Gershwin – lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It’s been used in several movies and recorded by just about everybody. The best rendition, by far, is by Natalie Cole. Don’t listen to Sinatra’s version – it absolutely sucks!
My arrangement for this song is simple and easy to follow. A little quicker in tempo than the original, but that’s the way I like it and this is my blog so sue me! There’s a nice, easy tenor sax solo in the middle 16 bars I think you’ll like – not pretentious at all – unlike most sax solos.  It’s on the Jazz/Swing list.
My fondest memory of this song is from the TV show “The Honeymooners”. Whenever Ralph had to apologize to Alice, “Our Love is Here to Stay” played in the background… (sigh) a much sweeter time.


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