Castles were crumbling
And daydreams were tumbling
December was battling with June
But on this bright afternoon
Guess I’ll be changing my tune
We can thank composer/arranger Kay Swift, Gershwin’s secret lover, for making sure this song found its perfect setting in this 1947 20th Century Fox musical after Gershwin’s untimely death ten years earlier.
I don’t have the clip, but this piece was on the program of the John Wilson Orchestra’s 2015 BBC Proms show “Salute to Sinatra”—yes I swear, that was the theme of that show, featuring (ugh) Seth MacFarlane, ’cause he can sing like Brian the Dog. The connection is that the version my clever John and his orchestra played is the Nelson Riddle arrangement of Gershwin’s Three Preludes, Nelson Riddle having been one of Frank Sinatra’s most important musical collaborators. See how clever?
Anyway, here‘s Riddle’s version. It’s cute.