Timeless piano-vocal arrangements of standards-- some serious, some humorous-- which evoke days gone by, when Fashion was more sensible, when Love was in bloom, when Life was simpler, when Dreams were born.
NOTES OF NOSTALGIA is dedicated To Music, with gratitude for all the gifts it has given me throughout my life. Each of the songs in this album conveys a reflection on days gone by. Evoking a wide variety of styles and moods, every one of these songs is special to me. Many are well-known standards; some are less well known. Some are serious; some are hilarous. I love to sing them all. I include here the words to Schubert's plaintive tune and von Schober's simple lyrics as a way to dedicate NOTES OF NOSTALGIA To Music, and to all those who have helped me live out my musical life:
O, GRACIOUS ART, IN HOW MANY GREY HOURS WHEN LIFE’S FIERCE ORBIT ENCOMPASSED ME, HAST THOU KINDLED MY HEART TO WARM LOVE, HAST CHARMED ME INTO A BETTER WORLD! OFT HAS A SIGH, ISSUING FROM THY HARP, A SWEET, BLEST CHORD OF THINE, THROWN OPEN THE HEAVEN OF BETTER TIMES; O, GRACIOUS ART, FOR THAT I THANK THEE!