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  1. Here's To Life

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I had a long history with this song. When Joe and I had a reunion after his time in Arizona when I arrived at his hotel he was playing this song. At the time it was the same song I had been working on. When I met Billy he loved this song. I was so grateful to be able to record it with him. Billy's discography is 5 pages long.                Arthur Butler, Jean Phyllis Molinary
Here's to Life (1992) Shirley Horn once told me that her "Here's to Life" recording was her own personal favorite. Her drummer, Steve Williams introduced us while on a Norwegian Cruise where we became friends. I was first introduced to her music in Paris by Claude Tissendier, where I heard her at the Théâtre du Châtelet as a guest of his. I last heard her at the Iridium in New York, guest of Richard Seidel who produced Shirley Horn’s lovely recording. She was a soft spoken and kind woman.  I shared the love of her music with the pianist Joe Bonner, with whom I sang for 22 years.  Billy heard Joe Williams sing this song in Seattle.  Artie Butler’s composition is a favorite among many and has become a staple of jazz standards.

Lyrics

No complaints and no regrets
I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets
But I had learn that all you give is all you get
So give it all you got
I had my share
I drank my fill
And even though I'm satisfied
I'm hungry still
To see what's down another road beyond the hill
And do it all again
So here's to life
And every joy it brings
So here's to life
To dreamers and their dreams
Funny how the time just flies
How love can go from warm hellos
To sad goodbyes
And leave you with the memories you've memorized
To keep your winters warm
For there's no yes in yesterday
And who knows what tomorrow brings or takes away
As long as I'm still in the game
I want to play
For laughs for life for love
So here's to life
And every joy it brings
Here's to life
For dreamers and their dreams
May all your storms be weathered
And all that's good get better
Here's to life
Here's to love
Here's to you
May all your storms be weathered
And all that's good get better
Here's to life
Here's to love
Here's to you