Mark Kershner

This Is The Life
Mark Kershner
HelenBlue Musique, Ltd.

With his enthusiastic interpretation, Mark Kershner sets the mood of this album with a song written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse.  This sparkling number was introduced in the 1964 musical “Golden Boy” by Sammy Davis, Jr. and Billie Daniels and The Company. The Adams/Strouse team first hit it big in 1960 with “Bye Bye, Birdie,” often considered the first musical to acknowledge the reality of rock and roll.

From the Album This Is The Life
Courtesy of First Cabin Records

“Life is a festival only to the wise.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Lennon Brothers with Gail Lennon


Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee
The Lennon Brothers with Gail Lennon
Irving Berlin Music Co.

When Irving Berlin wrote this Depression-era piece, 98-percent of American families were coffee drinkers. “Let s Have Another Cup of Coffee,” was introduced by Katherine Carrington and J. Harold Murray in the 1932 musical “Face the Music”. Later Ethel Merman sang it in the 1954 film, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.

Likely the most important songwriter of the twentieth century, Berlin wrote more than a thousand songs, including, “White Christmas, “God Bless America, “Easter Parade,” “Always,” and “Let s Face the Music and Dance”.

From the Album Swing Away!
Courtesy of Ranwood Records/the Welk Music Group

“This satin’s drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.  We shall cheat Satin by Baptizing it.”
- Anonymous, 16th century

Jerry Jeff Walker


It’s Always You
Jerry Jeff Walker
Famous Music Corp.

This is the good-hearted Uncle Jerry Jeff and guitar at the fireplace.  Warm, intimate, and just right.  “We record all our songs with acoustic instruments,” this troubadour says, “in my key”.

Written by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen, the song was introduced by Bob Hope in the 1941 movie, “Road to Zanzibar.”

From the Album Jerry Jeff Jazz
Courtesy of Tried and True Music

“And so you see, it’s you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never heart.”
- Anonymous

Maria Mulduar

Cooking Breakfast For The Ones I Love
Maria Muldaur
EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc. / WB Music Corp.

Written by Henry Tobias and Billy Rose, Fanny Brice introduced the song in the 1930 United Artist Movie, “Be Yourself,” her second starring feature film.

From the Album On the Sunny Side
Courtesy of Music for Little People

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”
- Elsa Schiapirelli

Mark Kershner

A Room With A View
Mark Kershner
Chappell & Co.

It was while recuperating from a nervous breakdown in early 1927 that the thought of “A Room With a View” came to English Playwright Noel Coward. Stressed and over worked, he collapsed on stage. At doctors’ insistence he was rushed off to Hawaii where his room with a view was a private hut on a deserted beach. After much rest and reassessment, he was off to become the “brightest star in the English Theatre.”

It’s likely Sir Noel Coward would have given his blessing To Mark’s interpretation of his work, pensive, yet propitious.

From the Album This is the Life
Courtesy of First Cabin Records

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
- Bertrand Russell

The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra

Tonight I’m Going Out With You
The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
EMI Full Keel Music Co.

Embracing some worthy recording techniques of yesteryear, this warm and bold work, written and arranged by the gifted Bill Elliott for the 1997 animated musical “Cat’s Can’t Dance,” is performed by a sub-group of the band, sometimes referred to as the Hollywood Syncopators, with guest vocalist Jeff Gilbert.

From the Album Calling All Jitterbugs
Courtesy of Bill Elliott Music, Inc.

“When passion moves you, say what you have to say, and say it hot.”
- D.H. Lawrence

Mark Copeland

At Long Last Love
Mark Copeland
Chappell & Co.

There’s an endearing aloofness in Mark Copeland’s presence: an honest, glowing performance over the heat of Pat Longo’s Hollywood Big Band, tied to the strength of this Cole Porter Gem.  The song was introduced by Clifton Webb in the 1938 musical, “You Never Know.”

Pat Longo is legit, born of the big band era in full bloom.  Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, put it this way: “America’s finest art form, the Big Band, makes Pat Longo and his Orchestra a national treasure.”

From the Album The Bakery Session
Courtesy of Spot Records

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’e in each other all along.”
- Rumi

Jessica Molaskey

By The Beautiful Sea
Jessica Molaskey
Public Domain, Arr. by J. Pizzarelli

Harold Atteridge and Harold Carroll would surely be pleased with Jessica’s white-glove handling of their darling lyrics of this early 20th-century song, one of many that were performed to popularity at Coney Island and then across the nation.

From the Album Pentimento
Courtesy of PS Classics

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
- Robert Henri

 Indigo Swing

How Lucky Can One Guy Be
Indigo Swing
Music of Windswept

Modern-day swing bands are making some welcome noise out there, and Johnny Boyd’s Indigo Swing is no exception.  Except that this band is just different enough, with their dynamic and danceable grace and jazz boogie style.

From the Album All Aboard!
Courtesy of Time Bomb Records

“Throw a lucky man into the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.”
- Arab Proverb

A Cozy Bed And Breakfast
Mark Kershner
Coach Class Music, Inc.

With lyrics from Academy Award-winning song writer Ray Evans (and friends),music by Mark Kershner, this luscious and luring piece (the first ever bed and breakfast song) captures the spirit of that small hotel or bed-and-breakfast adventure.

From the Album This is the Life
Courtesy of First Cabin Records

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of every day life into a golden haze.”
- Elinor Glynn

Suzy Bogguss

Burning The Toast
Suzy Bogguss
Irving Music Inc.

Respected country music hit maker Suzy Bogguss shines with a song it appears she was destined to deliver, an original work from Nashville notable April Borrows.

From the Album Swing
Courtesy of Compadre Records

“I don’t even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.”
- Katherine Cebrain

Jack Donahue

In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening
Jack Donahue
Famous Music Corp.

Jack Donahue’s style, particularly on this Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer classic, is warm and personable. And Jack interprets the work not just as any back yard barbecue; no, it’s Savannah Saturday Night, dressed-up real proper.

From the Album Strange Weather
Courtesy of PS Classics

“Nothing is more irritating than not being invited to a party you wouldn’t be seen dead at.”
- Bill Vaughan

Phillipe Mallen

A Room Without Windows
Philippe Mallen
Songwriters Guild of America OBO/Lindabet Music, Inc.

Singer/songwriter Philippe Mallen takes a joyride with a song that many believe belongs to Steve Lawrence; and why not? Steve (with Sally Ann Howes) introduced the song in the 1964 musical, “What Makes Sammy Run?” But from his side of town, Philippe has never been out with such a jewel; and he splashes some roguish attitude on this Ervin Drake number before getting it back, without even a ding, to Steve’s garage.

From the Album This is the Life
Courtesy of First Cabin Records

“Room Service? Send up a larger room.”
- Groucho Marx

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Hey Miss Moonlight
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Rondor Music (London) Ltd. Pendulum Management Ltd

Recorded in 1976, “Hey Miss Moonlight is part of the band’s, “Isn’t it Romantic” Album.  Arguably one of their best, the song was later Included in a 2-CD compilation, “Home in Pasadena: The Very Best of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.” Their latest album is “Roots of Swing.”

London’s The Daily Telegraph once reported, “It is said that If some Pasadena Roof Orchestra tunes are floating past her Window, the Queen is not displeased.”

From the Album Home in Pasadena
Courtesy of Sanctuary Music Group

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.”
- Oscar Wilde

Mark Kershner

You’re The Cream In My Coffee
Mark Kershner
Chappell & Co. / Ray Henderson Music Co. Inc.
Songwriters Guild of America/OBO Stephen Ballentine Music

Jack Whiting and Ona Munson introduced this song in the 1928 musical “Hold Everything!  Mark Kershner’s performance of this Buddy De Silva-Lew Brown-Ray Henderson work is through-the-heart superb.

From the Album This is the Life
Courtesy of First Cabin Records

“How Sweet Coffee Tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter than Muscatel wine!”