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Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown - September Song (EmArcy Records 1954)

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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2011

"September Song" is an American pop standard composed by Kurt Weill, with lyric by Maxwell Anderson, introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. It has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was also used in the 1950 film September Affair, and for the credits in the television series May to December (a quote from the opening line of the song).

Although the song was written as an old man's lament for the passing of his youth, some of the most famous versions have been recorded by women artists. Thus Sarah Vaughan's version of 1955, and Ella Fitzgerald's with pianist Paul Smith on the 1960 Verve release Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs From Let No Man Write My Epitaph are both regarded as Jazz classics. Eartha Kitt and Weill's wife Lotte Lenya both recorded the song in 1957, and Jo Stafford, Patti Page as well as Anne Shelton also recorded versions during the 1950s. In 1958 Eydie Gormé included the song in her album, Love is the season and in 1989 both Lena Horne in The Men in My Life, and Julie Wilson in an album of Kurt Weill songs.

Personally this song reminds me of waking up in on an early Saturday morning just as the sun starts to pierce through the window shade slits and the flowers outside with morning dew start to open up. As one eye slightly opens up and then the other followed by a fisted hand arm stretch and yawn... then Sarah starts to sing this song... oh so beautifully!

Sarah's accompanied by Leader/Arranger: Ernie Wilkins, Clifford Brown (trumpet), Herbie Mann (flute), Paul Quinichette (tenor), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), and Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded in New York, December 18, 1954. (EmArcy Records)

For it's a long, long while from May to December,
But the days grow short when you reach September.

And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game.

And the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November

And these few precious days
I'll spend with you.
These golden days I'll spend
With you

And these few precious days
I'll spend with you.
Not January, February, June or July....
September

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