20 Sep

Who wants to take a quiz? Of course you do! It’s a grammar quiz – and of course you don’t. Too bad; here it is: Present Perfect. I know – there’s nothing perfect about the present. I meant Present Perfect Tense. I know – could things get any more tense? You’re still not with me. The Present Perfect Tense describes something that began in the past and is still happening – like this interminable introduction. Present Perfect tense is formed by the word have or has followed by the past participle of a verb. For instance this introduction has shaken my trust in humanity. Which is a bit extreme, don’t you think? A better example would be all of the song titles in my playlist. Yes, it was another one of my self-indulgent and utterly futile attempts to Make Grammar Great Again (MGGA!) with a Musical Tribute to the Present Perfect Tense.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WE’VE JUST BEGUN  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “We’ve Just Begun”
  • HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?  /  Tony Bennett & Stan Getz  /  “Jazz”
  • I’VE GOT A LOT OF LIVING TO DO  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Live At Rosy’s”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Standing Room Only”
  • I HAVE THE FEELING I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Two For The Road”
  • I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE  /  Lorraine Craig & National Youth Jazz Orch.  /  “Shades of Blue & Green”
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Erroll Garner  /  “Night Concert”
  • I AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • I’VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • AFTER YOU’VE GONE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Phil Collins  /  “50 Years In Music”
  • I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER  /  Lea DeLaria  /  “Play It Cool”
  • HAVEN’T WE MET?  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Because Of You”
  • I NEVER HAS SEEN SNOW  /  Hilary Gardner & Ehud Asherie  /  “The Late Set”
  • I’VE BEEN AROUND  /  Frank Sinatra Jr. & Tierney Sutton & Pat Williams  /  “Home Suite Home”
  • I’VE FOUND A NEW BABY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockhlm”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE  /  Lorez Alexandria  /  “Alexandria The Great”
  • I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING  /  Kenny Washington  /  “What’s The Hurry”
  • I’VE GOT NO STRINGS  /  Gina Saputo  /  “Swingin’ On A Star”
  • I MUST HAVE BEEN BLIND  /  Tim Buckley  /  “Blue Afternoon”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE  /  Brad Meldau Trio  /  “Anything Goes”
  • I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  George Michael  /  “Symphonica”
  • I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD  /  Heather Masse & Dick Hyman  /  “Lock My Heart”
  • I HAVE DREAMED  /  Kurt Elling & Branford Marsalis  /   “The Questions”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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