(How Do You) Keep The Music Playing?

Today an interview from AM TV from 1990 with a very glamorous Shirley Bassey about her new song and album at the time (How Do You) Keep The Music Playing? plus the videoclip of How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

Music written by Michel Jean Legrand and lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

Released in 1990 on single and in 1991 on the album Keep The Music Playing. A great video with Shirley Bassey was produced for this song. Shirley Bassey has performed this song live in many shows and concerts, for example on her tours in 2000 and on the Stately Homes Tour 2001.

Previously sung by Tony Bennett. On the left there is a picture of Shirley Bassey together with Tony Bennett at the Royal Variety Show (November 27, 1994).

This song had also been sung by: James Ingram in 1983, and Frank Sinatra in 1984.

This song is from the romantic comedy movie “Best Friends” in 1982: Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) who have lived and worked together for many years decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say “I do.” It causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being “best friends.” The film contains a shower scene which was notorious at that time. Some say that “Best Friends” is autobiographical, because this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin.

This song was nominated for an Academy Award 1982 as Best Song.

Lyrics:
How do you keep the music playing?
How do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone and never lose your way?
How do you not run out of new things to say?
And since you know we’re always changing how can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year you’re sure your heart will fall apart
each time you hear his name?

I know the way I feel for you is now or never
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever

If we can be the best of lovers yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck than I suppose
The music never ends

I know, the way I feel for you is now or never
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever

If we can be the best of lovers yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck than I suppose
The music never ends

(Transcribed by Roman)

4 thoughts on “(How Do You) Keep The Music Playing?”

  1. This song is best as a duet. It is a shame that DSB never recorded a duet with a male vocalist of her caliber. Imagine if she’d sung this beautiful song with Johnny Mathis or Jack Jones or Luther Vandross.

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  2. I agree DNLT. I wonder why she and Tony Bennet never collaborated musically. He has sung with Lady Gaga, Amy Weinstein and recently Diana Krall. I often wonder if their was some bad feelings/ falling out between the two. She has sang and recorded with BLAKE. I always enjoy the above interview with DSB. The song is one of my very, very favorite. You have outdone yourself again Pieter, and thank you.

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  3. I never understood anyway, why she never did a so-called “Duet Album”, why she was never invited to perform on other such projects like the ones with Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennet.
    We will never know what the reason was. Maybe the cause that she lacked a REAL management in her later career. One that cared and dared to join talent, craftmanship and artistry together.
    That is 1 big thing I missed in DSB’s later career. In my opinion it was too much focus on live concerts; that is where the big money flows in, and too little concern about possibilities to develop such a great unique wonderful talent like hers!

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