The Leader Of The Band – Roy Kane

Blog 1126 – 09.26.2018

The Leader Of The Band – Roy Kane

I have recorded now over two hundred and thirty Mockingbird Songs, my karaoke version of songs that have touched my heart in such a way that I hope to share a bit of that with others. I play no instrument so I know that makes me “less than” in the eyes of many who sing and accompany themselves and my voice is not a trained voice with a great range, but there is a melody in my heart and a smile on my face, and I hope in my voice when I sing. My daddy, James Clifford White was not a professional singer nor a band leader but he was nevertheless the leader of our little band consisting of my mother, my brother, and myself. My brother is a better singer than I am but what I lack in talent I think I make up for in spirit, soul, and practice, practice, practice. That is I am told how you get to Carnegie Hall. I think I must have been a lounge singer in a previous life or perhaps I will be one in a life yet to come.

Raymond Young was not only blessed with three pretty singing daughters but a a lovely singing wife as well. He, too, was a wonderful singer. So was Roy Kane, born Roy Kanold. Roy was also a band leader and a musical promoter. I never had the privilege of meeting him but I came to know him through his daughter Sandra whom he groomed as a vocalist and helped her learn how to captivate a room with her musical stylings. Now Sandra was a true chanteuse, a torch singer, a lounge singer. In the movie Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeve there is a scene where Miss Bullock’s character is to meet Keanu’s at an expensive restaurant in Chicago and he is detained by death from meeting her. She waits, and waits but he never shows. And while she is waiting a song plays, the artist singing is Rosemary Clooney but she sounds the way Roy’s Sandra was trained to sound and the way I have heard her sing countless times. The song Rosemary sings is “I Wish You Love.” And all the lyrics are wonderful but especially the repeated closing line.

I Wish You Love

Goodbye, No use leading with our chins,

This is where our story ends,

Never lovers, ever friends.

Goodbye, Let our hearts call it a day,

But before you walk away,

I sincerely want to say:

I wish you bluebirds in the Spring,

To give your heart a song to sing;

And then a kiss, but more than this I wish you love.

And in July, a lemonade,

To cool you in some leafy glade;

I wish you health and more than wealth, I wish you love.

My breaking heart and I agree

That you and I could never be,

So with my best, my very best, I set you free.

I wish you shelter from the storm,

A cozy fire to keep you warm;

But most of all, when snowflakes fall,

I wish you love.

I wish you bluebirds in the Spring,

To give your heart a song to sing;

And then a kiss, but more than this I wish you love.

And in July, a lemonade,

To cool you in some leafy glade;

I wish you health and more than wealth, I wish you love.

My breaking heart and I agree

That you and I could never be,

So with my best, my very best, I set you free.

I wish you shelter from the storm,

A cozy fire to keep you warm;

But most of all, when snowflakes fall,

I wish you love.

Songwriters: Paul Young

I Wish You Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Someday perhaps I will try to sing that one too but Roy’s Sandra and Rosemary will always sing it best to me. And I will always think of Roy Kane when I hear or sing Dan Fogelberg’s song, The Leader Of The Band.

Here is my Mockingbird Version it for you.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bajG2Ie8vCl5jK5MaGMiV34hhyBEgq98

The Leader Of The Band.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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