As we are in the midst of award programs, and it is Valentine’s Day, let’s go back to the songs that made us fall in love. These are some of my LONG-time favorites. Today, I offer you an “evergreen” post.
The theme song from the 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet can bring you both hope and sadness. “My Heart Will Go On” was written by James Horner & performed by Celine Dion. See it on YOU TUBE
How about “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffanys”? Audrey Hepburn singing this wistful number on the balcony of her apartment is a moment that Manhattan dreamers have related to ever since. See it on YOU TUBE
Fred Astaire singing “The Way You Look Tonight” to Ginger Rogers with shampoo in her hair is a priceless scene from “Swing Time.” See it on YOU TUBE
Then there’s “Skyfall” from the 2012 James Bond movie by the same name. Heck, it is Adele, what else must I say? See it on YOU TUBE
Next up, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing” (1987) is an all-time favorite. Johnny pulls Baby up on stage at the end of season revue at Kellermans. See it on YOU TUBE
Although I was never a big fan of the film, “A Officer and a Gentleman,” I was a fan of “Up Where We Belong.” See it on YOU TUBE
Along the same vein, I offer “Take My Breath Away” (sung by Berlin) and featured in “Top Gun.” See it on YOU TUBE
Robert Redford is absolutely delicious in “The Way We Were.” Barbara Streisand sings the title song and stars with Redford in the film. See it on YOU TUBE
Vic Damone’s version of “The Shadow of Your Smile” is haunting. It comes from “The Sandpiper,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. See it on YOU TUBE
“Evergreen,” again sung by Barbara Streisand in “A Star is Born,” is another that stays with a soul. She plays opposite Kris Kristofferson. See it on YOU TUBE
I also love “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” sung by Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand. (Believe it or not, I did not set out to feature Ms. Streisand. She just has memorable songs!) This is from their GRAMMY AWARDS performance. See it on YOU TUBE
Barbra Streisand’s signature song, “People,” came from the film “Funny Girl.” She starred with Omar Sharif. See it on YOU TUBE
Noel Harrison’s “Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” is wonderfully crafted poetry set to music. See it on YOU TUBE
In “The Days of Wine and Roses,” Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are unforgettable and the title tune wins an Oscar(R) in Blake Edwards’ searing, bittersweet study of an alcoholic couple on the rocks. See the title song on YOU TUBE
“Love is a Many Splendored Thing” from the film by the same name always ends up being an earworm for me. Here is Connie Francis’s version on YOU TUBE
Doris Day sang “Secret Love” in “Calamity Jane.” The fact that Howard Keel was in the film with her sealed the deal for me. See it on YOU TUBE
“Call me Irresponsible” came to us from “Papa’s Delicate Condition,” starring Jackie Gleason. See the trailer HERE. Listen to the song HERE.
“The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure” evokes melancholy, as well as hope. Hear Maureen McGovern’s version on YOU TUBE.
When was the last time you heard “Three Coins in a Fountain” from the movie by the same name? Listen to it on YOU TUBE
And a song about growing into womanhood: “Gigi” from the movie by the same name. Here the song on YOU TUBE.
Another disaster movie, “The Towering Inferno,” gives us “We May Never Love Like This Again.” This is one is sung by Maureen McGovern. Listen to it on YOU TUBE.
Jeanne Crain sings “It Might As Well Be Spring” from the 1945 film “State Fair.” Hear it here on YOU TUBE.
All such great songs. My husband would take the time of my life by today I’m doing a real throw back with Jeanne Crain since I’m really tired of winter. Now if you don’t mind something from the way way back. I’ll give you Drink to me only with thine eyes by Ben Johnson. Jen https://youtu.be/Egh60YkEUMo
I am working on giveaway posts for Austen Authors and listening to the soundtrack of the TV show “Providence,” a nice mix. I particularly like “Come Along.”
1. In My Life – Shawn Colvin
2. Laugh I Could Learn to Love – Gus
3. The Things We’ve Handed Down – Marc Cohn
4. Come Along – Titiyo
5. Linger – Jonatha Brooke
6. Forgive – Rebecca Lynn Howard
7. What Do You Hear in These Sounds – Dar Williams
8. Songbird – Eva Cassidy
9. Let the Sun Fall Down – Kim Richey
10. Con te Partiro – Andrea Bocelli
11. In My Life – Chantal Kreviazuk
12. Say Goodnight – Beth Nielsen Chapman
Thanks, Regina. These are some of my favorites as well!
What a great choice of songs, Regina. Here are some I would choose (you wouldn’t guess that I love musicals!)
If I Loved You from Carousel – Gordon MacRea
Love Me Tender from the movie of the same name – Elvis Presley
We Kiss in the Shadow from The King and I – Vic Damone
When You’re In Love from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Howard Keel and Jane Powell
Cheek to Cheek from Top Hat – Fred Astaire
All At Once from Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard
True Love from High Society – Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
This is my Beloved from Kismet – Howard Keel and Ann Blyth
People Will Say We’re In Love from Oklahoma – Gordon MacRea and Shirley Jones
Belle Note from Lady and the Tramp – Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke
You discovered my weakness, Carol: anything with Howard Keel or Fred Astaire. LOL!
Regina, Howard Keel had such a wonderful voice and I absolutely adore the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies. Their dancing was pure magic.
Two of my favourite movie songs from the 1980’s lost the Oscars to “Take My Breath Away” and “The Time of my Life”. I much prefer Peter Cetera’s “The Glory of Love” from Karate Kid II than the winning one by Berlin, and Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from Manequin.
I must say, I agree with all your observations.