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"Every Time We Say Goodbye"submitted:
2007/10/02 02:29:28
2007/10/09 14:21:50

In response to Egbert Souse on the AAJ Music Theory and Analysis board, I'm posting two sets of changes to Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye" or as he actually titled it, "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." Note that it's always two words, not "Everytime."

The first set of changes are my own. They differ slightly from the changes in some of the Real Books, and they are not Coltrane's changes.

These are followed by the changes from Cole's sheet music. I believe he did his own piano arrangements, rather than leaving them, as many songwriters did, to a hack at his publisher's. The changes here are from an analysis of the arrangement, not from the chord symbols on the sheet music, which, as is so often the case, reflect neither the arrangement nor the tune's functional harmony.

I realize that my chord density is higher than what is preferred by many other musicians. I use these chords when playing the tune as a walking ballad. When I put four descending chords into measure 4 I was thinking of the precedent of Miles' arrangement of "Old Devil Moon," on the album "Blue Haze," which uses four rapidly descending ii-V's to link to the B section.

I welcome your comments, analysis, alternate changes, blowing suggestions, round condemnation, unalloyed appreciation, and non-serious explanations of why Cole spelled "Every" as "Ev'ry."

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 egbert souse
2007/10/09 14:16:18
2007/10/09 14:21:50


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