This song is one of the first old standards I learned to play after we moved here to Sheridan, Wyoming, when I was twelve. This was before I started playing the piano and singing. I’d been taking lessons in Arizona for years. Mother wanted me to continue learning classical music, but after we moved to Wyoming, the teacher Dad found, who played with my grandfather in his big band years earlier, specialized in jazz, which I liked. So, what could Mother say? “Autumn Leaves” was one of the easiest songs I’d played.
According to Wikipedia, this song was written in 1945 by Joseph Kosma with lyrics in French by Jacques Prévert and in English by Johnny Mercer. An instrumental version by pianist Roger Williams was the number 1 best-seller on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1955. As a jazz standard, it accumulated more than a thousand commercial recordings from such performers as Jo Stafford, Miles Davis, and Nat King Cole. As autumn leaves start falling, I hope you enjoy my piano and vocal rendition.
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New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.