Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Way You Look Tonight

Although he frequently downplayed his singing ability, Fred Astaire was instrumental in introducing classic songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. He was admired for the way he interpreted a tune, his phrasing and diction, so much that songwriters had him in mind when they created their music. This video, from the 1936 RKO film Swing Time presented Kern's 'The Way You Look Tonight' to the music loving public.

I attended a wedding where a tuxedoed father sang this song to his daughter, the bride. He sang softly in a sincere tenor. I didn't know either of them, but you must realize, smoke gets in your eyes.

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