So if you remember the group Bread, you either like oldies, or you’re sentimental, or you’re not a spring chicken any longer! You’re in good company any way you slice it. (That turned out to be an unintended but clever sounding pun. I’ll take it). Bread’s lead singer, David Gates, was also the primary songwriter for the group. His silky smooth voice was perfect for the soft pop songs that were Bread’s specialty. “If” has been played at a lot of weddings over the decades since it was written. It’s simplicity of arrangement perfectly match Gate’s tender vocals on this standard from the 70′s.
If you’re not sure you remember the band, you might remember some of their other radio songs – Baby I’m a Want You, Guitar Man, Make It With You, Everything I Own, and Diary, the heartbreaker about the gentleman who found his lady friend’s diary under a tree, and thought the words of love written therein were meant for him – until he read further and realized they were meant for another.
But I digress. “If” may not be one of the greatest songs of all time, but it is very pretty and uses many phrases that invoke romance and ideal love. I hope you enjoy my purposely simple arrangement.