Jim's song arrangements

While not a prolific arranger, Jim has done a number of excellent men's barbershop arrangements.  Some have been performed in Barbershop Harmony Society contests.  Others have been recorded for commercial CDs.  Jim has also recently been awarded the Lou Perry Scholarship for promising new arrangers.  Jim's available arrangements are listed below.  Take a look at Page 1 of each at the bottom of this page.  If you'd like to review any of these arrangements, please contact Jim at james.e.emery@gmail.com.


From This Moment On” - A 1950 Cole Porter standard. Recorded by Rosemarie Clooney, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, and many others. Singable high energy non-contest uptune chart. Tag is a little challenging for the baritone. Recording available from After Midnight's “Volume I” CD.


I Love To See You Smile” - A 1989 Randy Newman song written for the movie “Parenthood”. Received a 1990 nomination for the Academy Award for Best Song. Very singable arrangement. Three tags provided, at three different levels of difficulty.  Great opener or just general uptune.


I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling” - A quintessential 1929 tune by Fats Waller and Billy Rose. A true standard of its day, recorded by many big artists of the time. Very singable arrangement with fun stomp and a big tag, and it's contestable.


Keep America Singing” - An extended arrangement of the Barbershop Harmony Society's theme song. An original verse with lyrics by After Midnight quartet, Willis Diekema's original chorus, a bridge, a second original chorus, and a big high impact tag. The tag even features one cameo line from Sweet Adelines' theme song “Harmonize The World”. Great for a barbershop audience, and it's contestable! Performed in contest at the international level.


The Limerick Song” - A novelty medley of 6 1/2 [sic] Limericks.  Flexibly arranged to allow you to substitute your own favorite Limericks instead of those in the chart.  Very contestable.


My Wild Irish Chrysanthemum” - Jim's parody of Don Gray's classic arrangement of "My Wild Irish Rose".  A funny twist on the barbershop polecat that everyone knows.  Contestable, although designed for plenty of schtick.


The Second Time Around” - A 1960 pop standard by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen with an original verse based on a poem by Allison Chambers Coxsey. Very strong contestable ballad with a terrific tag. Performed in contests at the international level. Recording available from After Midnight's “Volume I” CD.


Taking A Chance On Love” - A well known 1940 tune by Vernon Duke, John LaTouche, and Ted Fetter. This is a joint arrangement by Jim and Fraser Brown. It is very singable and contestable. It has been performed in contests at the international level. Recording available from After Midnight's “Volume I” CD.


Wagon Wheels”- A 1934 song by Billy Hill and Peter De Rose written for the Broadway musical "Ziegfeld Follies".  Performed by singers such as Bing Crosby and Paul Robeson and later spoofed by the Smothers Brothers.  Easy to learn baritone or lead solo.


You've Got A Friend In Me” - A 1995 Randy Newman song written for the movie “Toy Story” and also featured in “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3”. Received a 1996 nomination for the Academy Award for Best Song. Not contestable, but a very singable upbeat show song. Great opener, closer, or just good general uptune.  Available on the Barbershop Harmony Society's Harmony Marketplace as title #206010.


Jim Emery
612-802-7288
james.e.emery@gmail.com



Download Page 1 of any of these arrangements by clicking on the down arrow at the far right of the title line below. 

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