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Jerome Kern: The Way You Look Tonight









Most of my repertoire is classical, but I like to occasionally add some popular American standards. Some years ago I was hired to play for an 80th birthday party. Although no special music was requested, I thought it would be nice to play something that had been popular when the guest of honor was in his 20s. Leafing through an anthology of tunes from the 1930s, I came across this Jerome Kern melody. Ive always liked it, and since it fit the time period I was trying to evoke, I now had a good reason to do an arrangement for solo guitar. Normally this is a gentle ballad, but for some reason I ended up doing it as an up tempo beguine. Since making this arrangement, its become a staple of my gig repertoire. This song was premiered by Fred Astaire in the 1936 movie Swing Time. It won the Oscar for best song.


Peder Severin Krøyer (1851–1909)

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