Alec Wilder wrote a highly opinionated book, American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. Gosh, it’s a good book. He has the chutzpah to criticise Rodgers, Berlin, Kern – all of the greats – whenever he feels they’re not at their best. Pfft, you might say – who’s Alec Wilder, apart from the writer of that lovely 1942 jazz standard I’ll Be Around?
Alec Wilder is the co-writer of this song, to a lyric by Fran Landesman. Pfft, you might say – who’s Fran Landesman, apart from the co-writer of that lovely 1955 jazz standard Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most?
If you want a few laughs
Are fun to rummage through
Here’s our house in the snow
So long ago
And me in love with you.
Please, cabaret singers, start doing this one. A tiny, modest little song, and it makes me ache with envy. Amongst other things.