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Monday, May 13, 2013

The Songs of Fashion by Museum Music Highly Recommended by Whom You Know Our Coverage Sponsored by Paul Mayer Attitudes

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Museum Music has assembled one-of-a-kind original recordings that celebrate the relationship between music and art, history, ideas, and the human experience. Each CD has a unique theme. Created for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Songs of Fashion is a highly entertaining collection of some of the best-loved songs about clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and other elements of fashion and style. It features recordings by Duke Ellington, Mel Torme, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Liza Minnelli and other distinguished performers. The music is peppy and uplifting. You will instantly recognize classics such as Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend and The Way You Look Tonight. Also included is a new recording of Fashion Rag produced specially for this collection. You'll want to get dressed up and spend the night on the town after hearing this CD. 

Can't decide what to wear? I seem to have that problem more often than not! Now at least I have some inspiration while I ponder the options in my wardrobe. The Songs of Fashion, a CD compilation made for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Museum Music, provides me with great, old songs of yesteryear as I try on all my outfits. One of my favorites is "Diamond Are a Girl's Best Friend," performed by Marilyn Monroe. I channel her fantastic sense of fashion while dressing. I also love hearing "Tuxedo Junction," performed by the Andrews Sisters, and I adore Liza's performance of "Alice Blue Gown!" This CD will be sure to delight you whether you are putting on your clothes or just relaxing at home!

We at Whom You Know are big fans of fashion, and we are also big fans of music! Happily, thanks to The Songs of Fashion, a CD compiled by Museum Music, we are able to enjoy a great mix of songs about fashion! Museum Music is a wonderful company that creates and develops thoughtful, entertaining compilations that celebrate and explore the relationship between music, art, history, ideas, and the human experience. Fashion Music was created for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and includes a treasure trove of songs related fashion and style. From Marilyn Monroe's recording of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" to Mel Torme's rendition of "Shine on Your Shoes" to Chet Baker's "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," Fashion Music is a highly enjoyable compilation. While I knew most of the songs on the CD, there were several that were new to me, including Dan Rosengard's Fashion Rag, which is a new recording produced by Museum Music specifically for this CD. Overall, a highly enjoyable compilation, and a great combination of the worlds of music and fashion! Highly recommended for all fashion lovers!

Great background music for any studio, and brilliant as additions to run-way shows, the selection in this CD will work out in the "normal" world, as well. With bright tunes from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Dorsey, and Les Brown, to name a few, big bands make anything pop. Drop in this CD while on the road, out shopping, or just for creative inspiration. With the lilting tones of Marilyn Monroe, Anita O'Day, and Bing Crosby, the savage beast in us all is soothed, and made happier. Music is the easiest teaching tool in the world, as an introduction to a by-gone era of elegance and grace. Fascination with the style that accompanies this music is a plus, but not necessary for good listening. Fashion oriented, style derived, and musically seductive, MM (Museum Music) 's CD incorporates the tone of another age, and it's grace. No need to reminisce, with The Great Gatsby coming out soon as a film. Instead, enjoy the music that surrounds us, from history, from today, and forever. 



Commissioning Organization: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Retail Price: $15.95

Item Number: MM131

Music Genre: Vocals (Standards), Jazz

Running Time: 53:15

Puttin' on the Ritz, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend and The Way You Look Tonight, are just some of the classic songs found on this great CD. Created for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, THE SONGS OF FASHION is a highly entertaining collection of some of the best-loved songs about clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and other elements of fashion and style. It features recordings by Duke Ellington, Mel Tomé, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Liza Minnelli and other distinguished performers. Also included is a new recording of Fashion Rag produced specially for this collection. You'll want to get dressed up to the nines after hearing this CD. 


1. Marilyn Monroe
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (3:32)

2. Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston's Orchestra
Lulu's Back in Town (2:32)

3. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Esquire Swank (3:35)

4. The Andrews Sisters
Tuxedo Junction (3:07)

5. Erroll Garner
Fashion Interlude (4:10)

6. Mel Torme
Shine On Your Shoes (3:15)

7. Harry Richman
Puttin' On The Ritz (2:23)

8. Dan Rosengard
Fashion Rag (3:40) 

9. Carol Sloane
Baubles, Bangles and Beads (4:54)

10. Les Brown & His Band of Renown
Pink Coats (4:12)

11. Liza Minnelli
Alice Blue Gown (2:56)

12. Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Top Hat, White Ties and Tails (3:24)

13. Anita Day with the Stan Kenton Orchestra
The Lady in Red (2:41)

14. Chet Baker
Polka Dots and Moonbeams (7:58)

15. Bing Crosby with Dixie Lee Crosby
The Way You Look Tonight (2:37)


Who We Are. Museum Music, Inc. is an award winning multi-media company based in New York City that specializes in creating customized, state-of-the-art audio compact discs (CDs) and enhanced compact discs (ECDs) for museums and other specialized organizations.

What We Do. Museum Music partners with client institutions to develop smart, appealing, high quality and highly saleable music CDs to tie-in with featured exhibitions or celebrate permanent collections. All of our products are designed for sale in museum shops as well as in traditional gift and CD retail outlets.

Our Motivation. Art. Photography. Nature. Culture. Religion. History. Achievement. Music is a universal influence. And, Museum Music is dedicated to helping our clients reveal the power of music connected to a theme.

Our Ideas. The music behind a masterpiece. The music that awakened inspiration. The music that defines an era. The music that highlights an event. The music that accompanied social, artistic and intellectual movements. The music that identifies a personality. The music that suggests an idea. The music that cements a community. Virtually every topic invites exploration into great music!

Our Commitment to Excellence. Each CD we produce reflects an entire company’s care. Care in production. Care in design. And, most of all, care in client and consumer satisfaction. Additionally, Museum Music is a full-service company. Our team of experts includes music researchers and historians, artists, designers, writers, developers, recording technicians, licensing and legal advisors, and sales, marketing, and promotion specialists. We will collaborate closely with you on all phases of production to ensure a successful product. We are always there to help!

What Is An ECD? An ECD is primarily an audio or music CD; however, it also contains an interactive portion that functions like any CD-ROM. This interactive portion can contain anything from a tour of your museum, zoo, or organization to links to your website – right from the CD!

Proven Rewards. Custom music CDs are a proven way for an organization to expand publicity and consumer awareness, while reinforcing image and reputation. And, Museum Music CDs provide your visitors, customers and patrons with a long-lasting, enjoyable and educational gift which will remind them of your organization for years to come. Plus, sales of Museum Music CDs have proven to be a reliable, innovative, successful and cost-effective method for raising revenue.

How Do We Create A CD With Museum Music? The process is simple. First, our team of developers meets with representatives of your organization to fine tune concept ideas and outline the objectives of the project. Our researchers and music historians then compile a list of suggested tracks, in collaboration with you. Museum Music handles all music licensing and/or all production of original music required for the project. Our art department creates all design elements for the packaging and our writers working with you complete the liner notes. Once you give final approval, our production experts take over and, shortly thereafter, finished CDs are ready for shipment and sale.

How Long Does It Take? For a music CD, the production time averages 12 - 16 weeks from start to finish, depending on the size and nature of the project. But we have produced CDs in much shorter turnaround times to meet exhibit opening dates. We can design a production schedule to meet your needs and deadlines. Even on a rush basis!

Retail Support. Museum Music has strong, established relationships with many museums, museum shops, and specialty gift and CD retail outlets, including specialty retail, mail order and online vendors. We are dedicated to this market. And, we are dedicated to our clients! 

Our Clients. Our valued list of clients includes: 

Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Whitney Museum of American Art

Detroit Institute of Arts 

New York Botanical Garden 
International Spy Museum 
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

J. Paul Getty Center 

Seattle Art Museum

High Museum of Art 

American Museum of Natural History

Los Angeles County Museum of Art And more...

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