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Album: The Irving Berlin Song BookReleased: 1921
Irving Berlin wrote this song for a 1921 production called Say It With Music, which was the first revue staged at his Broadway theater, The Music Box. The song is about how music is a universal language; one that lovers understand. So if you're trying to say something to your sweetie, say it with music.
Desmond Carrington presented a music programme on BBC Radio 2 for 36 years. Initially a Sunday afternoon programme called All Time Greats, it was renamed The Music Goes Round and moved first to a Tuesday and then to a Friday evening slot which he broadcast from his home in Perthshire. His first such broadcast was Sunday, August 31, 1997.
"Say It With Music" was the programme's original theme song; Carrington played it on his last-ever broadcast of The Music Goes Round on October 28, 2016, after which he retired at the age of 90.
This uptempo foxtrot was also the signature tune of band leader Jack Payne, whose version was played for that final Carrington broadcast.