Wild is the Wind

This is a song that I’ve performed live in concerts past, and like many of my songs I never posted a recording of it. Wild is the Wind is a beautiful jazz standard written for the 1957 film of the same name and was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis. The first time I heard this song was from George Michael’s nostalgic album Songs From The Last Century. I immediately fell in love with the song and wanted to create my own arrangement.

A day of in-depth research brought me to other covered versions by brilliant artists like Nina Simone and David Bowie. Their renditions are very different in style but helped serve as a template for creating my own. The lush jazz chords and haunting poetic lyrics drive the song to its romantic climax, yet I felt there was something more that needed to found within the song. I started having trouble right off the bat. I got lost and couldn’t find the right rhythm. Hitting a musical dead end, I decided to take a cue from nature. Just a short walk from my home is a park that I love to visit and listen to nature’s symphony. I sat for an afternoon and meditated on what I thought the song would sound like if it were orchestrated by Mother Nature herself. A sweeping breeze passing through the trees and collecting leaves off the ground on its way out. It was there that I discovered the tempo and phrasing needed to make this arrangement come to life.

Enjoy xo

Wild is the Wind
Piano and vocals by Michael Carmine Di Bianco

Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington

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