Are You Lonesome Tonight?

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was a big hit for Elvis Presley in 1960, but is much older than that, written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926.

    My arrangement for two mandolins and tenor guitar is from (CC A-SA, 4.0):

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin (x2)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  2. Frithjof
    Nice recording,Martin. And interesting historical background.
  3. Robert Balch
    Robert Balch
    Well done Martin!
  4. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Nice one, Martin! I have never heard this as an instrumental before, and it certainly works here.
  5. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    A very good recording Martin.
    There is a subtle contradiction somehow - hearing just the music makes me picture Elvis, sitting alone in an Italian restaurant with vino and half-eaten pizza but being comforted by some mandolin player outside in the street.
    OTOH the anonymous, empty, elegant loneliness expressed in the Edward Hopper paintings bears no hope of such an antidote (which would go with Elvis' singing because that doesn't either). Two worlds side by side.
  6. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Many thanks, Frithjof, Robert, John and Bertram! It's an enjoyable tune to play on mandolin (as is "La Vie En Rose") -- one of those melodies that is so imprinted in the brain that the mandolin almost plays itself.

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