Moon River by Audrey Hepburn.

If you’ve ever seen Breakfast At Tiffany’s, you know this song. You even remember the scene when she sings it too. The first time I saw this film was in September of 2012. It was during my stay in Ireland and it happened to be on television one late afternoon. I had only caught the ending of it and so I watched it later when I returned home. Audrey was another special star we got to see, she’ll never be forgotten.

Moon River was composed by Henry Mancini and written by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award in 1961 for Best Original Song from Audrey’s performance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The song was written specifically for Audrey’s vocal range and used as the theme song for the movie. An instrumental can be heard right when the film begins.

Many other artists have recorded this song as well. These include: Jerry Butler, Aretha Franklin, Ann-Margaret, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, The Killers, and R.E.M. among many others.

Above is the audio.

:EDIT: I just decided to pull up Audrey’s Wikipedia page. For some reason, I felt like her birthday was coming up though I had no idea when it was. It’s tomorrow…Wow. Happy Birthday, Audrey.

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Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson

Well this song, being an instrumental and all, sort of contradicts this site’s name but I can’t imagine delving into the songs that have musically shaped me without including Cliffs of Dover. As a guitarist, I have been impressed by many players but never have I been so awestruck as the first time I heard this song in 1990. I was in Fall Church, VA having returned to the East Coast for a few months after graduating high school in Reno, NV. The first thing I noticed was the opening crescendo before the true song even starts. Playing fast is one thing and generally not overly impressive to me because playing fast only requires practice and repitition but this is fast AND unbelievably pleasing to the ears and that can’t be attained by practicing. You’re born with it…plain and simple! I had no idea who it was but knew it was some of the tastiest guitar I had ever heard in my life.  I have grown to consider Eric Johnson as my favorite guitar player ever. He is known for being a perfectionist nightmare to deal with in the studio due to his never ending pursuit of the perfect tone but I’d be more than happy to sit and watch him do it. You don’t have to be a guitar player or a musician at all to recognize that this is amazing music and as technically proficient as it is, it is a beautiful thing!