Borsalino | Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel

Here is my performance of Borsalino, aย wonderful song that was arranged by Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. Chet and Tommy are two of my heroes and both will always have a special place in my heart. Borsalino appeared on their 1997 album The Day Fingerpickers Took Over The World. Claude Bolling originally wrote Borsalino for a French film of the same title in 1970.

The moment that I heard this song, I fell in love with it. I had watched Tommy Emmanuel play it on YouTube and I knew I had to learn it. I can’t recall another time I was so inspired. It took quite a bit of time and practice to be able to play it. I played it over and over so many times that my roommates at the time still cringe when I play it today. I realized quickly that I would have to learn how to boom-chick fluidly if I wanted to tackle this one. ย Off I went learning Freight Train and practicing chord changes. When I felt ready, I started playing with song for hours and just about every day. I’ll never forget playing that bizarre A chord with the equally bizarre syncopation for 45 minutes straight – a story I often tell my students. Now I’ve performed it live on the radio and have it recorded on my Melody Bird album.

This is a special song that I know I will be playing for a long time. For me, Borsalino will always be a reminder of that surprisingly beautiful place that greets you when you least expect it. Learning to play Borsalino gave me the confidence that I could learn any song if I wanted to and put effort into it. I will forever be grateful to Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel for this fun and light-hearted masterpiece. Nothing would make me happier than knowing that I inspired just one person as much as ย Tommy playing this song inspired me.

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2 Comments
  • Greenman Wood
    Posted at 13:04h, 21 April Reply

    This is just spectacular, Melody! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all.

    • Michelle
      Posted at 09:14h, 28 April Reply

      Thanks for listening!

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