‘Tender Eyes That Shine . . .’

Our plans here for this week have been to dig deeper into the 1920s song “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” beginning with the 1925 original by Isham Jones with the Ray Miller Orchestra. Life intrudes, however: I spent about six hours at the emergency room last evening with my mother.

Mom’s fine; what seemed to be a major problem is manageable, but a late bedtime meant a late rising this morning, and morning is my prime research and blogging time around here. So tracing the tale of “I’ll See You In My Dreams” will have to wait until tomorrow. We can, however, give an ear to one of the song’s more recent appearances, leaving the gap of years to be filled later.

The Foxtails Brigade is a San Francisco-based quintet founded in 2008 that performs what its Facebook page calls “chamber pop,” recording for Antenna Farm Records. The group’s debut album, The Bread And The Bait, came out in April 2011 and was followed by Time Is Passed in November 2012.

During the winter of 2010-2011 (if I’m putting together correctly information from a few different sources), the group recorded and released five videos under the title of Foxtails Brigade: Winter Sessions. One of those videos, posted on March 28, 2011, shows group members Laura Weinbach and Anton Patzner doing a nicely arranged version of “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”

Barring further emergency, I’ll be back tomorrow, and we’ll head back to 1925 and the original version of the lovely song crafted by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn, and we’ll follow at least part of its tale from there.

Date of first recording corrected November 20, 2013.

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