Swingin' crooner Frank Lamphere laying down a vocal track for his EP America Swinging
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Las Vegas is a new song with a big band arrangement written by retro style vocalist Frank Lamphere. Las Vegas will be released on the Frank Lamphere CD America Swinging in January 2020. The breathtakingly fast tempoed tune, Lamphere's first original that was written in 2007, features a ten piece horn section. Lamphere's frequent accompanist Larry Harris wrote the arrangement.
How did the song Las Vegas come about?
As I recite in the song's opening verse "I awoke one morning, had a vivid dream.
Had this song about casinos and music buzzin' through my head..."
That's exactly what happened. 50% of the melody to Las Vegas was already there.
I literally got up, hummed the melody into a tape recorder (I was fearful that if I let even two minutes pass, I would have forgotten this great song idea) I then spent the next several hours adding additional ideas, lyrics, wrote the bridge until I had a completed song. There were many lyric refinements since 2007 even right before the recording session in 2019.
What does the song say?
This songs speaks of the excitement of going to Las Vegas to experience the music and gaming. Aspects of the tune were written through the prism of a nostalgic seeking, naive 18 year old. That was me on my first trip to Las Vegas. I had a reverence for Las Vegas' musical entertainment legacy, as well as the motivation to conquer the craps tables. In fact, I had a front row seat to Dean Martin's show (the reason for my trip) at the MGM Grand and wound up going broke after a day and a half of shooting craps. I spent all $300 of my money and ended up using coupons offered by the casino (one $2.00 bet at the crap table, one spin of the wheel etc...) to try to win a few bucks to buy breakfast. I did win enough to buy breakfast but not enough for a full ride to the airport. The cabbie left me at the airport's entrance and I walked with my luggage probably 10 minutes up to the gate. Had a ball!
Recording horns for Frank Lamphere's original song "Las Vegas" Eric Schneider, Mark Olen, Russ Phillips
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