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 early 2020. The fast tempoed tune, Lamphere's first original that he wrote 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. I awoke with 50% of the melody to Las Vegas.
I literally woke up, hummed the melody into a tape recorder (I was fearful that if I let even two minutes pass, I would have forgotten this 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 and anticipation of going to Las Vegas for the first time. Aspects of the tune were written through the prism of a nostalgic seeking 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 confidence and motivation to "conquer" the crap table. 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 losing all my cash after just a day and a half of shooting craps. With my $300 a memory, I 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 on the third and final day of my trip. I did win enough to buy breakfast. but not enough for the full cab fare 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. Nevertheless, I had a ball!
Guitarist Andy Brown and bassist Dennis Carroll in the isolation booth recording tracks for Frank Lamphere's "America Swinging" CD
Recording horns for Frank Lamphere's original song "Las Vegas" Eric Schneider, Mark Olen, Russ Phillips
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