FRIDAYS ARE FOR FRANK: “Autumn Leaves”
Temps have been up and down, but the trees are letting us know that Autumn is officially here.
It’s a tricky season—full of joy for some, melancholy for others.
Going with the melancholy, “Autumn Leaves” was originally a French song from 1945 titled, “Les feuilles mortes”—which literally means “The Dead Leaves.” The music was arranged by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert.
Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947, and Frank Sinatra included a version of the song on his album Where Are You? (1956).
Here’s Frank performing “Autumn Leaves” live, with Harry Klee on the flute. Summer has had a good run, but it’s time to move on…