My husband and I have been married for more than 30 years. So when it comes to descriptors for our relationship, they typically lean toward words meaning pragmatic more so than romantic. That's not to say romance isn't alive in our marriage, though, for without it, there's no way we'd have hit the 30-year mark ... nor the 20 or even the 10.
The new album by Emmy Rossum serves as perfect background music for those times calling for a romantic vibe, such as what most any couple—long-time married or newly dating—might want for a Valentine's Day dinner. Of course, it works well as soothing background music for the very non-romantic moments, too, such as doing chores on a Saturday morning. (See? Pragmatic.)
Rossum's Sentimental Journey, released January 29, is exactly that: a journey through classic covers from the American songbook. The delightful songs harken back to the way romantic passions and pursuits were long before Harry met Sally. If classic movies from the '40s make you swoon and smile, this "passion project" of the multi-talented Rossum likely will as well.
Sentimental Journey's 12 tracks—plus a bonus—represent each of the 12 months of the year.
“Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Arthur Green)
“The Object Of My Affection” (Pinky Tomlin)
“I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover “(Mort Dixon, Harry M. Woods)
“These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey)
“(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time” (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)
“Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer)
“Many Tears Ago” (Winfield Scott)
“All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” (Jimmy Cox)
“Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert)
“Things” (Bobby Darin)
“Pretty Paper” (Willie Nelson)
Rossum covers the classics well. Her capable voice complements each of the selections, though I did continually wait for her to dig just a wee bit deeper and fuller throughout the album. My favorites were "Summer Wind" (perhaps because I'm a June baby?) as well as the bonus track—"Keep Young and Beautiful", a fun, tongue-in-cheek addition as Rossum is certainly both.
Here, a sampling of Sentimental Journey:
Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.