Sunday, September 26, 2010

No One But You

The song No One But You is an original tune by my mother-in-law, Celia Pierro Meloni.  It was written for my father-in-law Anthony Meloni in either 1942 or 1946 when Mom was either 15 or 19.  She gets a little younger each time the story is told.   It is said that Mozart wrote his first symphony at age 5,8, or 9.  In reality, he was probably a 40 year old bald guy, but in iterations of telling the story his age was racheted all the way down to 5.  Just kidding....

I've heard several excellent versions of this song.  If you are a facebook friend to one of the Melonis, you can hear/see Mom playing playing this in her wonderful flowing style on the home Steinway.  You can also see a snippet of her playing it on a $1.1 million  Opus 500,000.

She dusted off and re-worked this song for their 60th wedding anniversay recently.  It was performed spectacularly by world-renown soprano Sharla Nafziger and Jeremy Wall on piano (yes- THAT Jeremy Wall of Spyro Gyra fame whose mother was my boss at the Smithtown HS library).  Did anyone record that?

Here, I present another version of No One But You.  Honestly, this song is so beautiful that it deserves to have a hundred different versions.  My piano teacher Ed remarked that this could easily have been a major hit in the 40's if had been sung by a star vocalist.  I take a lot of liberties with the song, and ask in advance for any purists to forgive me.

Great job Mom, creating an enduring piece of art that can be shared in many different ways.


No one but you
There is no one in the world but you
No one can ever take your place
Here in my heart

No one but you
Heaven meant for us a love that's true
Don't ever let me go
Never let us part

A love like ours is as perfect as a love can be
Wasn't I meant for you and weren't you meant for me?

To you I give
Every moment of my life
For as long as I love
There'll be no one but you

Geek Alert....

OK, here's what I did to this song:

  • Took a lot of space out of the harmony.  This is usual(?) for playing a standard as a solo jazz number.  I put in some 1-6-2-5 progressions and turned the 2-bar 2-5's into two sets of 1 bar 2-5's.
  • Made liberal use of tritone substitutions and minor line cliche to make it sound more jazzy
  • The structure of this song is AABA.  The last "A" part is reharmonized to use Gmaj9/Ebmaj9 voicings then Bmaj7/Abmaj9. 
  • Lots of altered junk  

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