Manalili | Among My Souvenirs

About this Video
Originally written in 1927 by Lawrence Wright, Among My Souvenirs has been performed by many great artists since then like Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The song itself then languished for a decade or so through the forties until Connie Francis in 1959 brought the song back to life and into the pop forefront. It’s the updated arrangement at the time that gave the song its more popular appeal and it didn’t hurt having the song performed by a rising star like Connie Francis.

It’s the Connie Francis arrangement that has been adapted by the master guitar player Cesar Manalili on his release of the song done somewhere in the 1980’s at the height of his musical popularity.

Manalili, using his trademark sound along with the backing of a pop orchestra is what appealed to me when I was first researching the next tune to adapt for Bill’s Music. I only made one significant change to my adaptation and that was the choice of guitar. I opted for a classical guitar rather than an electric guitar. After much comparison, the acoustic won out. It just sounded better.

I’m playing this musical work in the Key A and to the original Manalili arrangement in 12/8 time. I had a fully orchestrated backtrack produced that matches the pop musical style and sound I wanted.

I will be releasing (if it is not already) this back track.

Check out status of copyright release and other info on this track right here.

See below for additional information that may be of interest.
…oops pay attention to these points
There are several areas that need attention when playing this tune. One, the opening bars have no music for proper intro timing. Any practice track must have timing ticks inserted (at first) to make sure you enter the song correctly (there are three areas in the tune like that). I”ll provide a practice backtrack with the timing ticks inserted soon. Two, keep time with the bass player. You’ll know what I mean when you hear the backtrack.

Surprisingly, my Flint pedal with reverb set to a longer sustain is all I needed to get the sound I wanted. Good ‘ol Flint has come through.
Equipment Used and Settings

  • Takamine – Classical acoustic guitar, nylon strings. Flat tonal range set using builtin EQ
  • Strymon Flint Reverb, tremolo effect not used
  • No vibrato needed, though it may sound more dramatic if you plan to experiment for your sound. Try it out yourself and let me know how she goes.

Backtracks Info

  • My fully orchestrated version may be available. Must be a member to verify.
  • Can’t find any other nice tracks. I’ll add them to the playlist above if I do find any.

Artists and Versions
Listen for the Manalili, Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis versions on my video Playlist above this text. See Playlist icon location in upper left hand corner of the video frame – Playlist.

Guitar TAB Sheets
Written in MS WORD 2003, using generic Courier type font. Any version of Word after 1997 can open this file. Must be a member for access to my guitar tabs and/or backing track(s).

A blank guitar TAB work sheet for your own edits and mods are also available. Must be a member for access. Join Us – see menu item on top of this web page to Join.

Please make any comments below regarding this video. I’ll get back to you if you have any questions. Thank you.


One Response to Manalili | Among My Souvenirs

  1. Gordon vanderput says:

    I love the way you play this song ( among my souvinirs ) I Also love the backing track.
    I like to buy the track when available .

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