|One of my favorite and most requested harp ballads is “Autumn Leaves.” It is an exquisite French song that migrated to the United States with the help of famed songwriter, Johnny Mercer. Mercer penned the English lyrics. Forty years later, Mercer wrote the lyrics to “When October Goes.” Barry Manilow wrote a similar melody for Mercer’s poignant lyrics. I often perform these two pieces as a medley. They are so beautiful on the harp!
Many thanks to Kate Gabriele who hosted and presented a PowerPoint about copyrighting on October 7. It’s always a pleasure to trade harp stories and learn more about the intricate details of the music industry. What a fun afternoon!
Welcome to all of our new and renewing GHC members! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy playing in the “Autumn Leaves.”
Mary Jane Sinclair