Tuesday, August 14, 2012

He wrote "Rudolph," too.

Johnny Marks is a songwriter that deserves more recognition. I was looking through old manuscript books the other day and found a transcription of my favorite song from the Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (that special is FULL of great songs). The form is very simple, but the melody is so carefully constructed. And beautiful. The move to E minor in the bridge is my favorite part, along with the leap from F up to D toward the end of the tune. I will certainly be using this as a medium-waltz on gigs in the future ("Silver and Gold" would be great, too).

 Clarice sings "There's Always Tomorrow" to Rudolph, then her Dad acts like a dink-deer

1 comment:

  1. I think it's worth mentioning the arrangement...this is an AABA tune; the version from the special follows the fairly common AABABA protocol--it's a short, once-through performance with a repeat of the bridge and last A with the last A up a half step.