Thursday, October 14, 2010

Musical Interlude

This week's musical interlude comes from my third World War II romance, A Different Tune. In the book, Cassie Wright is a talented pianist who finds herself torn between her desire to attend a prestigious music conservatory or follow the man she loves to a new job opportunity he's received. In the excerpt below, Scott hears Cassie play for the first time.

------Excerpt (Abridged to avoid spoilers)------
She laid down her fork and looked toward the piano. “I don’t know any popular songs. All I play are hymns and classical music.”
“There’s plenty of sheet music in the bench,” the waitress said. “All the current hits and old favorites. If you’re really good, someone might even put some money in the tip jar.”
“You see there,” Scott said. “Here’s your chance to become a professional.”
“I always dreamed it would be at Carnegie Hall, but I guess the Orange Blossom Restaurant is as good a place as any to start.”
“Atta girl,” he said and gave her kiss on the cheek.
…(Omitted spoiler scene)…
She turned over the sheet music and played Sentimental Journey. More couples came out to dance, and the tip jar filled up. She came back to her seat with both hands full of coins and emptied them on the table.
“You should’ve kept on playin’,” he said. “By the end of the evening we might’ve had enough to pay for our trip.”
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Written in 1944 by Les Brown (music) and Bud Green (lyrics), Sentimental Journey became a huge hit in March of 1945 with large thanks due to Brown's new, young band singer, Doris Day.
Below is the original recording by Les Brown and His Band of Renown featuring Doris Day. The video also includes photos from the World War II-era. Enjoy!

Use the Kindle for Web viewer below to preview the first two chapters of A Different Tune.