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Thread #91448   Message #1741846
Posted By: M.Ted
16-May-06 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
Subject: RE: Chord Req: 'Brother Can You Spare A Dime'
Good arrangement, and very different than the one that I put up--I just listened to the Judy Collins version, and it is a real challenge to work out what and how the guitar part works.

This song has been done a lot of ways--the original way, Vallee/Crosby/Jolson was a sort of syncopated jazz march, the Death March for the Jazz Age, if you will--the Weavers turned it into a straight folk sounding thing(which was an amazing transition, considering how it had sounded) and there were lots of people who, at the same time, covered it as a Jazz/Lounge sort of tune--

The Judy Collins arrangement(I wonder who played guitar on it?) is great because it doesn't subordinate the message of the song to the performance (as the lounge versions tend to do), keeps the jazz flavor, and doesn't come off as a "nostalgia" piece--

However you decide to do it, CH, this is a great song, written by one of the truly great lyricists--and it speaks to every generation--