Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mail Delivery: Harry Connick, Jr's Your Songs Review

Every year when the MTV Video Music Awards roll around, I am reminded that I'm getting further and further away from what's "in" when it comes to music. Not only have I not heard of some of the groups but, really, what are they WEARING? And that sound actually passes as MUSIC?

I think I am officially OLD now. Honestly though, if it takes being old to recognize that it's not okay for my almost-3-year-old to hear "I want to take a ride on your disco stick" repeated over and over while we're driving to story time, then so be it.

But sometimes I do need a break from the kids' music that is usually playing around here (there are only so many renditions of The Wheels On The Bus that I can take), so I like to listen to something soothing and relaxing.

Why hello, Harry.

On Harry Connick, Jr's newest album, Your Songs (just released on September 22nd), Harry performs classic songs by some of the greatest musicians of all time. These true love songs are performed with a full jazz big band and string orchestra and are just... smooth. Whether relaxing in a bubble bath or enjoying an evening with family and friends, this CD is perfect to have playing in the background for some easy listening with a "Hey! I know this song!" touch to them.

Your Songs includes the classic hits:
All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can't Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho The Way You Look Tonight
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

My favorite is Can't Help Falling In Love With You, I find myself singing along to that one every time. Other artists have performed it over the years but Harry's rendition is somehow extra sweet.

Visit Harry Connick, Jr's website or Facebook page to find out more and, in conjunction with the release of Your Songs, Harry is going to be making some television appearances that you might not want to miss:

September 29: The View
September 30: Imus in the Morning
September 30: David Letterman
October 1: The Today Show
Week of October 5: Rachael Ray

All in all, as well as liking the warm feeling that Your Songs gives me when I'm listening to it, I appreciate that all of the music on the album is arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Harry, himself. The next time I have a dinner party (are curious babies that climb up your leg usually at dinner parties? How about preschoolers that talk nonstop?) I'll invite Harry Connick, Jr, too.

Thanks, One2One Network, for allowing me to review Your Songs, it's a welcome change from the ABC singing that normally goes on in my house. And, for delivering us a package containing something this relaxing, thanks, Mail Carrier.

(Other than the copy of Your Songs that I was sent in conjunction with my membership to the One2One Network, I was not provided with anything or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my opinion of this smooth album.)


Janie B said...

I love his music, too. I may have to buy that one. Love the old songs.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love HC. He is such a talent. Will have to download some of these songs.

Julie said...

I caught him on the view the other day and loved his song. I sing "can't help falling in love with you" to my kids as a lullabye. :) it worked. My older kids (21,18 &17 tell me they went to sleep quick so they didn't have to listen to my singing any more...but it worked that's what matters right?

alpinekleins said...

And so handsome too!


Unknown said...

wow didn't know he sang

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