ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE
It was in 1944 that Bing Crosby made the Johnny Mercer tune, Accentuate The Positive, a hit in film and on radio. It later became known as one of the songs that got Americans through World War Two. The popular songs of the day, most often written for Broadway, became an unofficial catalogue of music that comforted and connected Americans at home and abroad during hard times—the Spanish Influenza epidemic, the World Wars, Prohibition and the Great Depression.
Fast forward to 2021. Not much in the way of good news these days. But JATB has decided to accentuate the positive. We've asked talented musicians around the world to film and record songs written and composed between 1918-1945, songs that make up the Great American Songbook. The result is a show of well-known, recognizable music that will remind you to look for the silver lining!