Lesson 17 – “Tonight You Belong to Me”

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  1. Were you familiar with the original version of this song before this lesson? Do you like it better than Steve Martin’s version?

  2. Wow, this was a flashback. I grew up in a time when this song was popular. I had a 45 RPM single of David Saville and the Chipmonks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore (1965) singing this, but I was also familiar with the Frankie Laine version (1952), The Lennon Sisters (1956), Patience and Prudence (1956), and Nancy Sinatra’s version (1962). :_ukulele:

    Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters (The Jerk 1979) were late to the party, but still created a very poignant rendition. Even the versions I was familiar with were decades behind the original (1926).

    Eddie Vedder and Cat Power’s version in (2011), Zooey Deschanel & Ben Schwartz Youtube cover (2011) are proof that songs are evergreen. No matter how old a song is, if it is sincere and connects with people, and comes from truth, it will continue to be rediscovered by future generations.

    This is the first time I have heard it presented as a waltz. The 3/4 timing will take a bit for my ear to adapt to. It feels like a different song without the familiar 4/4 tempo, but I love your jazzy chords. I’m looking forward to pracitcing this one.

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