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“Undecided” | Stories of Standards

Jan 19, 2016

“Undecided” was written in 1938 by Charles Shavers (1920 – 1971), with lyrics by Sid Robin (1912 – 1986).

Shaver, a big band veteran, joined the Onyx Club band in 1937. He took over the group, composing and arranging new tunes.

When Shaver sent one of his compositions to his publisher, the publisher wired back asking for the title. Shaver's response was  “Undecided," which was mistakenly thought to be the title.

Mary MacCarthy

According to the latest economic impact study by Colorado Ski Country USA and Vail Resorts, the skiing and snowboarding industry brings almost $5 billion to the Colorado economy every year.  Non-residents account for 55 percent of the millions of skier visits, and they spend an average of $300 per day.

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 AM as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from January 14, 2016.

Denver holds its annual “Marade” on January 18, 2016

“Nuages” | Stories of Standards

Jan 11, 2016

Guitarist Django Reinhardt wrote and recorded “Nuages” (French for "clouds") in wartime France (1939).

The melody is seen by some as expressive of Reinhardt’s melancholy regarding the Nazi occupation of Paris, although the tempo was greatly varied in different performances.

“Nuages” went on to become one of Reinhardt’s most popular songs. During the war when “La Marseilleise” was banned, this tune was adopted by many as an alternative national anthem.

"Stella by Starlight" | Stories of Standards

Jan 4, 2016

Victor Young wrote “Stella by Starlight“ in 1944 as the theme for the popular film “The Uninvited."

Originally an instrumental, the song became the focal point of the film's ghost story when Ray Milland’s character played it for Stella while gazing out the window at her.  

Words by Ned Washington were added in 1946 for the tune's release as a pop song.