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Georgia On My Mind

By Ray Charles

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Voice, Guitar - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Ray Charles. Arranged by Steve William Lussing. Lead Sheet, Sheet Music Single. 4 pages. Published by S. W. Lussing (H0.179941-269420).

Item Number: H0.179941-269420

Every artist who has ever entertained us with this classic Hoagy Carmichael creation has jumped right to the chase, that being the verse that begins with "Geor - gia,.."  Wikipedia refers to the missed component as, "the commonly excised introductory verse".  Well, I took a good look at that introductory verse, and concluded that there was a pretty good reason nobody sang it.  It needed more work than the writers had put into it, in my opinion, which is a nice way of saying that it sucked.  So I fixed it, so to speak.  I believe that it stands up to scrutiny.

The melody line throughout has some modifications in note lengths.  It is a piece originally written in cut time, which it isn't really, since it is always being sung in a moody fashion you don't normally expect to find written in 2/2 time.  I think maybe that Hoagy had a secret desire to write for movie musicals.

I adapted the chord diagrams to make them more suitable for playing along with on the guitar.  This arrangement will appeal to anyone who has ever studied Mickey Baker's jazz guitar chords.  As I see it, every song is still a tune and should be fun to play.  "Georgia" is no exception.

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