In 1950, “To Think You’ve Chosen Me” was written by Bennie Benjamin and George Weiss. The lyrics send a wave of glowing warmth over me when I listen. From sending “those shivers through my fingertips” to “and haunts me darling even while you’re gone,” it speaks as a love lullaby. It is soothing and comforting in its music and lyrics. It creates a space where anything seems possible, where true love exists and may just conquer all.
Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae sang it together the same year, crafting a version so delicate yet powerful that it can transport me to a different time and place. I’ve written about Jo Stafford’s haunting, wistful voice before, and she’s paired with Gordon MacRae on this song in the most lovely way. They did quite a few songs together, and this is by far my favorite one. They do justice to the lyrics and the sentiment of the song, while offering an atmosphere of devotion, adoration, and lasting love. I can picture an elderly couple, still holding hands and listening to this song, proving the line “and as the years go by, my love for you will grow.”
Now, just to choose someone. . .and be chosen.