May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
Download Instrumental This song is cute. Yes, cute. “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter/and make believe it came from you”. That’s cute… and clever. Why would you write a letter to yourself? Maybe it’s some kind of self improvement thing. Next line: “I’m gonna write words oh so sweet/they’re gonna knock me off my feet”. Okay – so you’re a good writer. Then it’s “Kisses on the bottom/I’ll be glad I got ’em”. Now we’re borderline delusional, but who cares?
This tune – cute or not – was recorded by Fats Waller in 1935 when he was at the pinnacle of his career. It has since been done by everybody on the planet, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Williams, Bing Crosby, Willie Nelson, Dean Martin, Anne Murray, Nat King Cole – well, you get the picture. Everyone loves this song. We always did it Sinatra style – until I heard Paul McCartney’s version from his 2012 album “Kisses On the Bottom”. I immediately redid our arrangement to something close to what McCartney did (always imitate the best – see his video below, strange as it is). Paul gets just a little bit jazzy and I included a flute solo in mine just cause I like flute. Try it on your next music job – simple and sweet. And it’s just too freakin’ CUTE!