Heart and Soul
This week's Weekly Tune is Heart and Soul. Don't laugh. It is a shame that this tune (which you may be surprised to learn was written by Hoagy Carmichael) was fated to become one of those four-hand ditties like Chopsticks, idiotically hammered out in various rec rooms by people otherwise alien to a piano. It is a simple melody, but one that nicely lends itself to harmonic tinkering. Unbeknownst to the tune's abusers, it also has a lovely bridge and sweet, touching lyrics by none other than Frank Loesser. (It was his first collaboration with Carmichael). Click on the title to hear the tune. This is a single rubato reading, trying to get away from its dumpta dumpta dumpta dumpta reputation. The lyrics are below. It is a song about a kiss and I love how the little conceit in the last couplet sums everything up so nicely. If you'd like to request a tune to be played in this section, contact me at right.
I've let a pair of arms enslave me
Oft times before.
But more than just a thrill you gave me
Yes more, much more.
Heart and soul, I fell in love with you
Heart and soul. The way a fool would do:
Because you held me tight
And stole a kiss in the night.
Heart and soul, I begged to be adored.
Lost control and tumbled overboard
That magic night we kissed
There in the moon mist.
Oh but your lips were thrilling
Much too thrilling.
Never before were mine
So strangley willing.
But now I see what one embrace can do.
Look at me. It's got me loving you
That little kiss you stole
Held all my heart and soul.