Saturday, September 26, 2009

Harry Connick, Jr - Your Songs


I was recently given the opportunity to check out the brand new Harry Connick, Jr. album, Your Songs courtesy of the One2One Network.

I was very excited for the opportunity. I first started to listen to Harry Connick, Jr's music when he recorded the soundtrack for When Harry Met Sally. I loved that movie and I loved the soundtrack. The next albums he released was We are In Love, another of my favorites. When he put out his Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas, I got it right away and it is one of my favorite Christmas albums with a mix of classics and Connick originals.

There is just something that is so wonderful about putting a big band sound behind the lyrics. Combine that with his vocals and it really is a winning combination.

On Your Songs, Harry covers 14 classic songs and adds his touch with his own big band sound.

Here’s the album track list (originally performed by):

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 (from the film Swing Time - sung by a lot of people over the years)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific)
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

I really like the album. The songs are very familiar and Harry Connick, Jr's touch makes them that touch different from the originals. I have been listening to it for the past week. I think that The Way You Look Tonight is my current favorite. None of the songs have a large, big band sound, you can hear the horns and big band accompaniment in the background, but not that large, big band sound I hoped for. That being said, it doesn't take away from the music it is very good, I just felt that it could have been bigger. The album makes a great backdrop for a romantic evening or a soundtrack for your daily drive.

Want to learn more about Harry Connick, Jr? You can check out his webpage or become a fan on Facebook. You can also check out Harry Connick, Jr.’s upcoming TV appearances over the next few weeks and see what you think:

9/28 – Today Show
9/29 – The View
9/30 – Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray

The album was released on September 22nd and you can purchase Your Songs at major retailers where music is sold and at Amazon.

Or, better yet, win it here! One lucky reader will win a copy of Harry Connick, Jr's Your Songs courtesy of One2One.

How to enter:

Primary entry - leave a comment letting me know which classic song on this album is your favorite.

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Giveaway will remain open until Sunday, October 4th at 9 pm Eastern. Winner will be selected using a random number generator. Winner will be contacted by e-mail and have 36 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

20 comments:

trasmall said...

Just the Way You Are...love that song.

debbielynne said...

The Way You Look Tonight.

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Megan Gray said...

The way you look tonight

Cara said...

The Way You Look Tonight

rebecca said...

I am looking forward to Can't Help Falling In Love.

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Debbie said...

I love "The way you look tonight".

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jeffrey anderson said...

Can't Help Falling In Love
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TheJudge63 said...

The first time I ever saw your face, I have never heard it so well done. I said years ago ,"Harry Connick,Jr. Would come out better then Frank or Tony, and by God he is doing it.

Susan M. Heim said...

I'm really interested to hear Harry's version of Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel. That song has always been a favorite of mine, and it's hard to imagine anyone else singing it!

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justicecw said...

My favorite is Your Song. Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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debbielynne said...

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Heather D. said...

Just The Way You Are

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