Just a hum of the "Moon River" (1961) tune, and you’d get set a group of Grandmas rollicking, the moment they hear a classical Henry Mancini’s concerto. It’s striking to see how much such good music impact even the Senior citizens. But more importantly is how far Monica Mancini too has warmed to her father’s legacy when it comes to making concert and orchestral piece. She quintessentially etches her own stamp and connects the past with the now, in her music.
Monica is noted to have said “Much of my favorite music comes from the movies,” she explains. “Theme songs are so evocative—when you listen to the lyrics, they really tell a story. I’ve always thought these kind of songs had more meaning because they conjure up both images and emotions.”
I've Loved These Days, is the fourth album from vocalist and double-Grammy nominee, Monica Mancini. This beautifully crafted 11-track album is a compilation of vintage 60s songs. They’ve been composed and sang by artistes who’ve had profound impact on Monica’s formative years. In honour of this, she’s had to have a few of these legends feature on the album. An array of music legends, including Lennon & McCartney, Fran Landesman, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and Janis Ian.
Joining Monica on "I've Loved These Days" are original composers Jackson Browne, offering guitar and vocal accompaniment on "These Days", Brian Wilson and the multi- Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 contributing vocals and arranging on "God Only Knows," Stevie Wonder’s delectable harmonica duets on "Blame It On the Sun," and the Young Rascals' Felix Cavaliere provides B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic "How Can I Be Sure."
Addressing a mature audience as usual, Monica attempts to create an aesthetic ambience mood with the orchestra brilliantly filtering in a cool mixture of smooth jazz-with tender acoustic-instruments, as she tells a story of love, regrets, self-pity, healings, friendship,and the various scenes of life. With such feminine tenderness Monica retouches the songs as though they were all newly composed.
The relevance of the songs also alludes to the state of the economy today around the world, not just to relationships.
I've Loved These Days is one of those collections we'd love to have as we unwind by the pool whilst on vacation!