Aside from teaching my Swingin’ Fitness program for older adults, I perform in a duo called “Fit as a Fiddle” mostly in and around Toronto. Our performances cater to the 55 plus crowds so we generally entertain at seniors residences, community centres, etc. Our shows vary depending upon the occasion but one thing we do is end almost every show with an old favourite written in 1902 by American composer and lyricist Hughie Cannon called “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?”. It’s a fabulous upbeat tune that people of all ages are familiar with and it invariably hits the mark.
Bill Bailey as it has come to be known has been covered by so many different artists. This song is what is commonly labelled in the musical world, a standard, which is a popular tune that has survived years beyond it’s creation because people can relate to it for one reason or another. In this case I think perhaps the lyrics resonate with many folks.
So many artists have recorded this song and each and every version is slightly different. Slow, fast, swing, dixieland, jazzy, etc. Have a look on i-tunes and you’ll see the long list of interpreters. For this week’s song of the week I have chosen a version I like to use in my classes by the wonderful singer Theresa Brewer.