Posts filed under ‘Show Tune’

Ten Seconds to Heaven

“Ten Seconds to Heaven” is based on “Stranger in Paradise”, which in turn was taken from music composed by Alexander Borodin (1833–1887).  “Stranger in Paradise” was from the 1953 musical “Kismet”.

“Ten Seconds to Heaven” was released in 1965 by the Ventures as the “B-Side” to their single “Bird Rocker”, which was based on music by Tchaikovsky. It also appeared on the 1965 album, “The Ventures Knock Me Out”.

My version is more of an adaptation of the Ventures’ approach than a cover.

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November 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Tonight

“Tonight” is a wonderful song from the classic musical, “West Side Story” — composed by Leonard Bernstein. The Shadows included an arrangement on their 1964 album “Dance with the Shadows”. It was not released as a single, but was included on an E.P.

My instrumental version is basically a cover of the Shadows arrangement with a few minor changes in the harmonization.

February 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Hernando’s Hideaway

“Hernando’s Hideaway” is the most famous song from the mid-1950’s Broadway Musical, “The Pajama Game”. It is something of a novelty number, with the feel of a Tango. The Ventures covered it on their 1962 album “Mashed Potatoes and Gravy” — this is the inspiration for my version.

September 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment


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