Saturday, July 16, 2011

I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

I'm back from a hiatus imposed by work, travel, vacation, etc!  Today's song is I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face. This  is a song from the 1956 musical My Fair Lady, with music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. It was originally performed by Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins.  

Somebody once told me that working musicians call this song "I Threw a Custard At Her Face", and I've never been able to get that image out of my mind.  Through the magic of the web, I will now pollute your mind with this play on words and related images - poof!

Ellis Marsalis does a great version of this song that I've listened to many times.  I also dowloaded versions by Joe Chindano, Scott Hamilton (sax), Oscar Peterson, and something called Hot 'n' Spicy.

On Ed's suggestion, I playing this with a bossa nova feel. The accompanying musicians are Neil Swainson on bass, Oliver Gannon on guitar, and PJ Perry on alto sax.

Geek Alert

I'm trying to make much less use of the pedal on this song.  The pedal apparently can be a crutch, somewhat like saying "ummm" to fill the empty spaces when you are talking.  So during most of the song  I'm trying to break the habit of reflexively using the pedal, and instead either using more notes, or just letting there be more space.  For the solo,  I am trying to play something interesting without a lot of chords.  I have some other versions of the solo with more chords, but I like the way this one sounds.

(Thanks Cliff for all of the background vocals :-)) 


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