My next recital is next Saturday, June 14. I’m singing “Lasciatemi morire” (Let Me Die), “Passing by” (an Irish song), and “By Strauss” by the Gershwins. “By Strauss” is a piece I asked to do myself. I’m not going to climb on the piano, but this will give you an idea:
I first saw this piece performed in Las Vegas. I was 17, with my family, and it was one number in a topless, Rockettes-type show called “Folies Bergère.” Somehow, the music penetrated my embarrassment about not only seeing a topless show with my family, but the fact that I’d have to go back to school and tell my friends that I’d spent spring break with my family in Las Vegas. I’ve remembered this song this whole time, and decided it was time to perform it myself.
We also saw Roy Clarke, Wayland Flowers and Madame, Andy Williams, and Dionne Warwicke. How cool is that?
By the way, here’s Lasciatemi. I can’t embed it, but you can hear the music by going to this link. This is even the key I’m singing it in (f minor; low soprano):
For even more trivia, Jewel apparently covered Lasciatemi. But I’ll look that up another time.