Review: Your Songs by Harry Connick Jr.

UPDATE: Get a free download of Harry Connick Jr.’s song “All the Way” on Oprah’s site. It’s valid for 24 hours only and started on 9/25!

I first saw Harry Connick, Jr. perform when a friend and I visited New Orleans over summer break in 1991 – July 6, to be exact. I had just finished my sophomore year of college, and I had been a fan since I heard his music on the When Harry Met Sally movie soundtrack (20 years ago!).

When the New Orleans morning news mentioned that Harry Connick, Jr. would be performing while we were in town, we knew we had to go see him.

After we purchased tickets, my friend and I went shopping in a kitchen store in the French Quarter. It was sort of random – college kids in a kitchen store – but guess who was there? Harry! My friend and I stalked followed him around the store trying to get a good look through the store shelves. We didn’t have mobile phones with built-in cameras back then, so we had to make mental memories.

Harry Connick, Jr.’s performance that night was wonderful, and I was hooked!

Fast-forward a few years to the summer after I graduated from college. I was working in a small grocery store located outside of the Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming. We had the occasional celebrity stop in, and on one of those occasions, the celebs were Harry Connick Jr. and his future wife. They stopped in to get food for a picnic by the Snake River.

Since several of my co-workers also liked Harry Connick, Jr.’s music, two of us left the store (not sure where the manager was!) and ran to the rental cabins, chuckwagon, bike store, bar and gift shop to let everyone know he was on site. I’m sure Harry Connick, Jr. and his now wife were really thrilled. They likely came to the area to get away from such nonsense, but we did end up letting them go have their picnic in peace.

I haven’t followed Harry Connick, Jr.’s music career since the late 90s or early 2000s. I saw him on TV when I occasionally watched Will & Grace and caught him in a movie that I can’t remember the name of. I just haven’t had time to keep up with him or any other artists like I used to. So I was thrilled when I heard from One2One Network that they wanted to send me a copy of his new album, Your Songs , to review. I had no idea that he had a new album coming out.

I have never listened to a Harry Connick, Jr. album that I didn’t like. I figured this one would be good, and it didn’t disappoint! This is a great album to listen to when you need to unwind or when you have a romantic evening planned.

My 5 year old daughter immediately wanted to dance when the music started, so instead of relaxing, I ended up getting some exercise. She liked listening to the album as much as I did.

Harry Connick, Jr. is joined by a full jazz band and string orchestra. If you are a Harry Connick, Jr. fan, if you like jazz or string music, or if you enjoy the songs listed below, this album is worth a listen.

There are 14 classic songs – most of which you may recognize. Here’s the album tracklisting (originally performed by):

All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho
The Way You Look Tonight
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

Check out Harry Connick, Jr.’s TV appearances over the next few weeks and see what you think:

9/25 – Oprah “Live Friday”
9/28 – Today Show
9/29 – The View
9/30 – Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray

You can also see a video of the making of the album, check out his Website and fan him on Facebook.

Here are some bloggers who are doing Your Songs CD giveaways:
My Good Cents – ends 9/30
I Am A Money Magnet – ends 10/1
One Day, One Dollar at a Time – ends 10/2
Sweeties Swag – ends 10/3
Life More Simply – ends 10/16

The album is out now, so you can also get it at, iTunes or any number of other retailers that sell music.

One Response to “Review: Your Songs by Harry Connick Jr.”

  1. September 27th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Janet says:

    I love your Harry Connick Jr. story! I’ve heard of him but am not too familiar with his career. I will sure get updated by watching the shows over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing the info.

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