After their Oscar win in 1965 for “The Shadow of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper, composer Johnny Mandel and lyricist Paul Francis Webster were nominated for a Best Song Oscar for “A Time for Love” from the 1966 film An American Dream. While the Oscar eluded them the song won the Golden Laurel Award in 1967.
Although the song never charted, it has been covered by many jazz musicians. Vocalist Tony Bennett, trombonist Bill Watrous, and pianist Renee Rosnes titled albums after the song. Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Abbey Lincoln, and the Stan Kenton band all covered “A Time for Love,” and Shirley Horn recorded it under the direction of arranger Mandel on her memorable 1991 CD Here’s to Life. The song was recorded in the late ‘90s by saxophonist Eric Alexander, vocalist Kurt Elling, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Since 2000 bassist David Friesen, pianist David Hazeltine, and vocalist Jane Monheit have featured the song in albums.
A time for summer skies For hummingbirds and butterflies For tender words that harmonize with love
A time for climbing hills For leaning out of window sills Admiring the daffodils above A time for holding hands together A time for rainbow-colored weather A time of make believe that we've been dreaming of
As time goes drifting by The willow bends and so do I But all my friends, whatever sky above I've known a time for spring, A time for fall But best of all, a time for love A time for love
A time for holding hands together A time for rainbow coloured weather A time of make believe that we've been dreaming of
As time goes drifting by The willow bends and so do I But all my friends whatever skies above I know a time for spring A time for fall But best of all A time for love