I been listening to Etta James this week (I’ve had a request for At Last for next month’s gigs) and am quite enamoured with A Sunday Kind of Love. It’s a great song written in 1946 by Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Louis Prima. There’s a lot of space in the melody, which I like and it gives someone like Etta James a lot of room to make it her own. The chords changes are straightforward, but peppered with lots of gritty chord extensions that give it a bluesy feel. And the lyrics are fabulous – embodying the grit of everyday life and what one really needs in relationships:
And my arms need someone, someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold
Here’s Etta James’ version – it’s hard to go past it and you’ll find or a whole list of others here.