I Will Wait for You

I Will Wait for You” is the English version of “Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi”, a  song from the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964). The music was composed by Michel Legrand and the original lyrics written by Jacques Demy. The English lyrics of the song were written by Norman Gimbel.

The film starred Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo.  The film dialogue is all sung as recitative — similar in style to an opera.

My instrumental arrangement is surf-rock.

 

February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Theme From the Endless Summer

“The Endless Summer” is a 1966 surf movie-that follows two surfers on a surfing trip around the world. The title comes from the idea that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer up and down the world, making it endless.

The soundtrack and main theme of the film were the work of a surf-rock group called “The Sandals”. The theme was released as a single but never charted, however it is still widely recognizable due to the film’s popularity. The Ventures covered it on a single released in Australia.

My arrangement hews closely to the original with just a few instrument and harmonic changes.

February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

The War Lord

“The War Lord” is a 1965  film set in 11th century Normandy, starring Charlton Heston and Richard Boone. Until this film, most Hollywood representations of feudal life were glamorized. The War Lord attempts to portray the 11th Century in a more accurate fashion as dirty, violent and ruled by brute force.

In 1965 the Shadows released a single of the movie’s main theme, which peaked at #18 on the UK pop charts.

My arrangement is based on the Shadows version, but substitutes a baritone guitar for the “A” theme.

February 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Needles and Pins

Needles and Pins” was written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono (yes, *that* Sonny Bono).  The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963. Although her version never cracked the US top 40, I recommend it over the Searchers better known version from 1964.

Other notable versions of the song were recorded by Del Shannon, Cher, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and the Turtles. It was also a number 1 hit in France when recorded in French by Petula Clark entitled ‘La Nuit N’en finit Plus’.

The Ventures featured it in on their album “Fabulous Ventures” in 1964.

 

February 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Fugitive

“Fugitive” was a track on the Ventures album “Fabulous Ventures”.  It was also released as a single in 1964, although it did not crack the hot 100. This is not the theme from the TV series “The Fugitive” (1963-67), although it is reasonable to assume it was inspired by it — although I can find nothing to confirm this other than the similar timeframes. This “Fugitive” was composed by Lou Josie, who also wrote “Midnight Confessions”, the Grass Roots hit.

My arrangement follows the form of the original Ventures, but makes several changes in rhythm and overall feel.

 

 

February 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Theme From a Filleted Place

“Theme From a Filleted Place” was a track on the Shadows eponymous 1961 album. Writing credit is given to Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris. My arrangement follows the original but dresses it up a bit with some changes in feel and a solo section.

February 17, 2017 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

Heart Full of Soul

Heart Full of Soul” was first released by the English rock group the Yardbirds in 1965. Written by Graham Gouldman, it was the Yardbirds’ first single after Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton as lead guitarist. Released only three months after “For Your Love”, “Heart Full of Soul” reached the top ten on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Something of a blues purist at the time,  Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in March 1965 because of a perceived shift in musical direction towards “pop” — as evidenced by the recording “For Your Love”. Replacement Jeff Beck’s more eclectic influences led the group to move in more exotic and experimental directions, including “Heart Full of Soul” and the following year’s “Over Under Sideways Down”.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original fairly closely but is one verse shorter. I also played the tune’s signature riff on a baritone guitar.

February 16, 2017 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

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