Lisa C


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Are You Lonesome Tonight

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Are You Lonesome Tonight on mountain dulcimer, DAd arrangement by Larry Conger. Played in CGc (same 1-5-8 tuning).

This tune, written by Lou Handman (1894-1956), was published in 1927 and entered into the public domain on January 1, 2022. Perhaps the reason it doesn’t feel like an old tune is because the most well-known recording is from Elvis in 1960, after his 2-year service in the U.S. Army. An interesting correlation is the songwriter Hangman served in the U.S. Army during World War I and Elvis’ first live performance of the song was in March 1961 at the USS Arizona Memorial.

Roy Turk (1982-1934) wrote the lyrics, and the Conger arrangement is of the Refrain:

Are you lonesome tonight?
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a bright summer day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me, dear, are you lonesome tonight?

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03/26/23 08:01:42AM @ariane:

Very beautifully played, Lisa dulcimer

Lisa C
03/06/23 05:28:02PM @lisa-c:

Loneliness is such a sad affair and yet what fun musicians have had with this song!  It’s even been attributed to Shakespeare’s quote from As You Like It, which begins “All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. And one man in his time plays many parts. His acts being seven ages.”  So, all you experienced musicians, feel free to comment on specifically how I might evolve as a player. :)  After all, we learn from constructive comments and am a natural sponge for learning. :)  Latest focus has been on trying to improve timing and rhythm!