Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
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I had the honor and pleasure of hearing this song performed Saturday evening at The Joint in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The artist was one I grew up listening to. (thanks to my parents with great taste in music!) Anthony Dominick Benedetto, aka, Tony Bennett.
At age eighty-six, Tony Bennett’s voice is still strong and spot on. He teased us with a bit of soft shoe and left us wanting more. He continues to sing with joy and appreciation for his art and his audience. My heart hurt when he spoke of Pearl Bailey, Jimmy Durante, Rosemary Clooney, and Bob Hope. Tony Bennett’s presence on this stage reminded me of how much I miss them. We laughed when he told us that Bob Hope was the one that renamed him Tony Bennett because Bob said, “Your real name would never fit on my marquee.”
His second and final encore song was, “Smile”. He shared that when he recorded it several years ago, he received a note in the mail from Switzerland thanking him for giving his song “life again”….signed ~Charlie Chaplin.
I didn’t want his last song to end. I tried to capture every word and note. And while the song title was “Smile”, it brought tears. This legendary man was singing to me while my hand was being squeezed by my legendary man. If a moment in time could be frozen, this would have been the one. ~ ♥
The Best is Yet to Come ♪ The Good Life ♫ The Way You Look Tonight ♫ I’ve Got the World On A String ♪ I Left My Heart in San Francisco ♫ Because of You ♪ ♫ ♪
p.s. I hope this song is stuck in your head. All. Day. Long. 🙂 Be kind to each other ♥