Best love songs to play on theremin?

Posted: 2/14/2012 5:32:13 PM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, what do you think are the best love songs to play on the Theremin?

Posted: 2/14/2012 5:46:54 PM
Amethyste

From: In between the Pitch and Volume hand ~ New England

Joined: 12/17/2010

Wishing you were somehow here again...

lovely on the theremin!

Posted: 2/14/2012 7:50:19 PM
Kuli Schreiber

Joined: 3/17/2011

Maybe would be worth to try Whitney Houston's masterpiece I'll Always Love You

 

Posted: 2/14/2012 8:58:07 PM
mollydad

From: Nashville, TN, USA

Joined: 12/22/2011

How about Randy George's cover of "My Funny Valentine"?   http://www.youtube.com/ooo6#p/u/10/RA_agH85lwI

Posted: 2/15/2012 1:26:31 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Good one!  I guess you could also call his cover of "Something About Us" a love song too, eh?

http://youtu.be/Bkp9bDGDd1w

Posted: 2/16/2012 12:19:58 AM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

I'm with Kuli Schreiber, I think I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU could be very effective on the theremin......I might take a crack at it tomorrow. It would be a nice W.H. tribute. Whitney was such a beautiful woman, and what a voice! 

Posted: 2/16/2012 2:37:06 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

What about the theme from Titanic?

Posted: 2/16/2012 3:05:52 AM
Amethyste

From: In between the Pitch and Volume hand ~ New England

Joined: 12/17/2010

How about Evergreen from Barbra Streisand?

Posted: 2/17/2012 2:42:18 AM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Do they still make real love songs?  ;-)  You need to go back a ways to find many that really work well on the theremin.  Here's a few I've always enjoyed playing.  Naturally, you'll need to take some liberties with the tempo and phrasing on some to make playing easier.

Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme - Dr. Zhivago)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yd2PzoF1y8&feature=related

Speak Softly, Love (from The Godfather)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQBW6G0hSrs

Where Do I Begin (Love Story)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxEazBfPVFg

For All We Know (Carpenters)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GrAtjmtNto

Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V430M59Yn8

Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (Henry Mancini)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBpB2TBIiPY

Consuelo's Love Theme (Chuck Mangione)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaN_A1tzj4#t=2m9s

(Did they really keep this simple theme going for 4:20?  Actually, 17:02...and then some... at least a quarter of the two record set in various forms.)

I Don't Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZIWYBr6IKU&feature=related#t=1m3s

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Shirelles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIP6FSYx0LQ&feature=fvst

Lover's Concerto (The Toys)
Based on Bach's Minuet in G major
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGDZc9bdUZM

Posted: 2/17/2012 3:08:48 PM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

I wrote: I'm with Kuli Schreiber, I think I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU could be very effective on the theremin......I might take a crack at it tomorrow

********************

Welllllll.....I tried it and it stunk! It doesn't fit the theremin at all IMNSHO. The song itself is just too weak. There's no musical "meat" in it either harmonically or melodically. I knew that before I started but I thought my brilliant theremin playing could overcome it.

As they say, "Pride cometh before a fall". 

CRASH! (Picking up assorted rods & loops)

The song worked when Whitney did it because she sang the hell out of the thing. No one else that I have heard has been able to do anything interesting with it at all - even Dolly Parton's version (she wrote the song) is lacklustre. The versions that do work (more or less) are all second rate imitations of Whitney and none of them come even close to her powerful gospel/soul vocal pyrotechnics.




You must be logged in to post a reply. Please log in or register for a new account.