music: Richard Rodgers words: Lorenz Hart
Once there was a thing called spring
When the world was writing verses like yours and mine
All the lads and girls would sing
When we sat at little tables and drank May wine
Now April, May and June
Are sadly out of tune
Life has stuck a pin in the boat
Spring is here
Why doesn’t my heart go dancing?
Spring is here
Why isn’t the waltz entrancing?
No ambition leads me
Maybe it’s because nobody needs me
Spring is here
Why doesn’t the breeze delight me?
Why doesn’t the night invite me?
Maybe it’s because nobody loves me
Spring is here, I hear
lyric: Johnny Mercer music: Henry Mancini
Moon River, wider than a mile
I’m crossin’ you in style some day
Old dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever your goin’, I’m goin’ your way
Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waitin’ round the bend, My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me
Words & Phrases
① rainbow’s end:
A dream that cannot be fulfilled. ※It is used in this sense because it means “the end of the rainbow” and “you can’t reach it even if you go.”
※The same type of fruit as blueberries. My huckleberry friend can also be interpreted as a childhood friend whom the lyricist picked and played within his hometown.
music Erroll Garner words Johnny Burke
Look at me,
I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree;
And I feel like I’m clingin’ to a cloud
I can’t understand
I get misty, just holding your hand
Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear
I get misty, the moment you’re near
Can’t you see that you’re leading me on?
And it’s just what I want you to do
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you
On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I’m too misty, and too much in love
And too much in love
Jazz is music created by blacks released from American slavery in the early 1900s. It features a pleasant 4-beat groove and brass entanglement.
It is said that jazz was born shortly after the Civil War. Buying cheap instruments that were no longer needed by the army, the liberated blacks began playing blues and spiritual instead of singing. The black guys who knew the instruments knew they would make good money playing at the tavern in the Story Building in New Orleans.
The opening of World War I and New Orleans became a naval port, the prostitute was closed (1917), and the band-man who lost his job moved to Chicago throbbingly.
In Chicago, countless white jazz bands that imitated blacks were born, and as the Chicago style grew, jazz spread from southern blacks to all Americans. Chicago’s young Caucasian representative, Bix Beiderbecke, ushered in the height of Dixie style, but with the advent of Benny Goodman, jazz has undergone a major transformation, entering the so-called swing era of the 1930s.
Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James are three representatives of this era. Their performance was greeted by a fuss.
The outbreak of rag lime has signaled the beginning of the 20th century, paving the way for the heyday of jazz with a focus on World War I. And the golden age of swings came in the ’30s.