Here are two more beautiful songs from the Rodgers and Hart evening that Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie created for us on March 17, 2015, at Mezzrow on West Tenth Street, my new basement shrine to lyricism. The tender duets Hilary and Ehud create for us are tremendously moving celebrations of love. Love is in the lyrics, in the melody, and of course in the performances.
WAIT TILL YOU SEE HIM, a paean in three-quarter time to the lover who is announced but not yet tangible, frankly beyond the singer’s powers to describe adequately. (If you haven’t felt this way, have you truly been in love?) Hilary’s second chorus is both vulnerable and triumphant, a marvel:
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS is a song of revelation: I was wandering the universe, my internal chronograph not working . . . until I met you. And now all feels right. It’s a song of delight in that moment when emotion and evidence come together, through love, to create a new aware being:
What a lovely time it was. And sublime it was, too. I’ve posted other performances from that night here — and I hope for more. Singly or in tandem, Hilary and Ehud never fail to move me.
Hilary and Ehud wouldn’t mind my closing with a recording from January 12, 1956: Lester Young, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Freddie Green, Gene Ramey, Jo Jones — doing TIME, a little faster. Even the slightly untuned piano can’t make this any less of a masterpiece:
THIS JUST IN: Hilary and Ehud will be returning to Mezzrow on May 18, 2015. Whether you’re in love or out, you owe it to yourself to hear and see this divine pair.
May your happiness increase!