Thou Art More Lovely (Sonnet 18)
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of his best known and most loved, due in part to its accessibility. As you listen, imagine a man walking in an open meadow on a summer's day, daydreaming of his lover. He begins to contemplate, in his own heart, to what he can compare her. But comparisons fail, even as he considers a summer's day or the sun itself. She is unique. When I first started to write a sonnet-song, I didn't know where I was going. The inspiration to do this was born of a desire to bring Shakespeare in a modern musical form to today's audience. "Love Alters Not" (here) was the initial result and a pleasant surprise. Now with "Thou Art More Lovely" completed, I just want to say how grateful I am to be working with Richard Schletty and Mike Lavoie. We're three middle-aged guys having a lot of fun. This piece has a light jazz flavor and in it Richard delivers (IMHO) one of his best vocal performances. Mike, on guitar, provides excellent lead rhythm and flourishes, as well as a short solo, that make this song come together. Employing the mighty "pencil tool", I provide the upright bass. We hope you like it. - comments by Jack Miller.
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