Monday, August 17, 2009
NOTE: Please switch off the music on my blog before viewing/listening to the video
I came across this presentation of the wonderful Perry Como singing Magic Moments recorded in 1957 and thought of sharing this lovely song with you.
I was only a few years old when it hit the charts and I remember it was a popular song for many years; in fact it was one of my Mum and Dad's favourites.
With music by Burt Bacharach (my Dad's favourite composer) and lyrics by Hal David, it was one of the first compositions by this duo.
It was interesting to know, through a search I made, that Bacharach began his career as a conductor and arranger, and toured widely for three years as accompanist-conductor for the legendary Marlene Dietrich beginning in 1958...hmm, I had not even started school then so I don't think it is something I would remember : )
The arrangement is the magical part of this song, with 4 sopranos, 1 alto, 3 tenors, 1 baritone, 1 bass, celeste and bells, guitar, bass and drums, and bassoon !
And I love the whistling part too : )
All I have to say is that hearing it again has brought back some wonderful old-time feel-good Magic Moments...PC's voice is certainly smooth and silky and hearing his songs always reminds me of Christmases past with all the sweet smells of baking and the aroma and happy feel of 'home'!
The background in this video is mostly made up from vintage 1950's photos.
CREDIT I would like to give credit and thanks to Moonbeam001 for putting up this video presentation.