Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There's a Yes In There

The song "Here's to Life" is written by Phyllis Molinary and became Shirley Horn's signature song.  JazzFM plays it regularly, and the station played it as a dedication to Jack Layton when he died.  In it are the lyrics "there's no yes in yesterday".

There are many words with yes in them, but finding the yes in there seems illusive to me compared to these lyrics.  

As a scrabble player, you are visualizing the words and not pronouncing them. So finding all the yeses would be much easier.  Scrabble sites that let us know all of the yeses to be found.  And interestingly, so many of them contain 'eyes' as in pinkeyes and shuteyes and frogeyes.   

So we're back to the famous music composed by Johnny Mandel, released in 1992, with Winton Marsalis as the trumpet soloist.  

Here is the verse:

There is no yes in yesterday
And who knows what tomorrow brings or takes away
As long as I'm still in the game I want to play
For last, for life, for love

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