How many times have you heard the song “How Deep Is the Ocean” since 1932 when it was written by Irving Berlin?! Well, whatever that number is, I hope you’ll listen to my version from my album All This Love, available on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, etc.. I wanted an uptempo arrangement for this tune and album co-producer Lori Mechem delivered just that! This version features fantastic instrumental solos by both Lori Mechem and tenor saxophonist Evan Cobb. Enjoy!
My album, titled All This Love, has a total of twelve songs and eleven of those are cover songs – classic pop and jazz standards written by some of America’s finest songwriters. But, my goal was to include one original song, if I could write or co-write it, and if it felt “good enough” to be included in the collection. I asked Joe Davidian if he had any instrumental tunes I could try writing a lyric for – he gave me the wonderful medium swing music for what became track #6 on the album and offered to let me attempt writing lyrics for it. The song has essentially 8 lyric phrases that took me 4 to 5 months to write. At first my lyric ideas were all over the place, then with Joe’s help, I tried writing just about one idea – the passage of time and being patient in life for good things to come your way. It’s very difficult to write good lyrics! This lyric is inspired by real life – I am truly loved even though it seems like it took forever to happen!
Fine wine will take its time to ripen
As did my heart once I let your glowing light in
Into the darkest of my hours where I loosely clung
You shone brighter than the morning sun
Flowers will blossom when they’re ready
And so did I from the rays of hope you sent me
As sure as spring must follow winter, true love is never late
For good things will come to those who wait
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The simple truth of the lyric of “You Taught My Heart to Sing” (McCoy Tyner/Sammy Cahn) really speaks to me. Some people come into your life for specific reasons, often so they can help you see yourself in a different light. They help you see “the bigger picture” about who you truly are AND who you could become. I am lucky and blessed to have several of these types of people in my life. They are the reason I recorded this song for my All This Love album, available for download and streaming at iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and other outlets. My good friend Joe Davidian arranged and performs piano on this recording. I asked for an energetic arrangement of “You Taught My Heart to Sing” for this project, and Joe delivered! He altered a few time signatures from the original, added some strategic measures, inserted some classic Joe Davidian piano voicings and wow, I so love what he created! McCoy Tyner and Sammy Cahn are masterful composers/songwriters and I hope you enjoy this rendition of their beautiful song! Check out my version on iTunes.