In this “Prayer” episode of American Highways, I’m pleased to bring you a musical collaboration between myself (Guy Livingston) and my wife (Maria Sperling), who curated the playlist for this show. Although neither of us is religious, there a lot of inspirational music in the American landscape. Our idea was to merge themes of compassion, understanding, and faith into one musical show.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #41: PRAYER (compassion, faith, hope)
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101
Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Donal Fox
Donal Fox Quartet
Leonellis Music IMTS 826625
Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger
Merci, Cheri, Merci
Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
Wing Records – WL1191
“Merci, Chérie” was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966. Performed for Austria by Udo Jürgens with lyrics in German—despite the French words of the title, it’s an earnest ballad in which the singer, as he leaves her, thanks his lover for good times and positive memories. (hint: maybe a bit of sarcasm in this description – but not in the song itself)
Bernstein: Symphony #1 “Jeremiah”
1. Prophecy (7:15)
2. Profanation (6:53)
3. Lamentation (10:37)
Christa Ludwig, soprano; Leonard Bernstein, conducting; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Deutsch Grammophon 415964-2
Tell Me More! – Kickin’ The Clouds Away
George Gershwin, pianola
Electra Nonesuch – 7559-2
Prayer Bell Sketch, Op 29
Peter Serkin, piano.
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
Lisa Moore, pianist.
Cantaloupe Music 21115
George Gershwin, arr.
Oh, De Lawd Shake De Heavens – Leavin’ Fo’ De Promis’ Lan’
Judy Kaye, soprano.