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Monday, 05 April 2010


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I was watching the program too. A good one. I also learned quite a lot.
I didn't know the lyrics of the song 'I remember you' were about Garland. It is a great song. It ends like that:

When my life is through,
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all,
Then I shall tell them
I remember you.

Tonight another program about Nat Cole. I won't miss it.

What I like about "Moon River" is that it seems so meaningful, but you're never certain what the meaning is. "Huckleberry Friend" ... is it supposed to conjure up Huck Finn and his own trip down the river, or the huckleberry growing by the banks of a river? You want to say, "Perfect, spot-on choice of words", but you never really know what it means.

Ortega, what a song! What a woman!

Dom, I suppose like the great poet that he was he had that genius to pick a phrase that resonates on different levels. Incidentally, I have added a thought up above on the sonng "One for my Baby" which instantly makes me think of Hopper's great painting of lonely metropolitan life.

Moonriver is terrible tripe, David.
"One for my Baby (and One More for the Road)" is better, I'll grant you.

But compared to Gershwin, Cole Porter, Berlin, Rogers and Hart, he ain't close to being Premier League.

As for Nat King Cole - very attracive jazz pianist, but what an sugary popular singer he was. Still, that's where the money was.

Do you think the lyrics or the melody is trite? The melody is by Mancini, who preferred simple pop songs that were ear-catching as soon as you heard them, like Pink Panther.

Personally, I like both lyrics and melody, and I like the way it pops up in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Mercer holds his own with (Ira) Gershwin, but Cole Porter is in a class all his own. "Flying too high with some guy in the sky is my idea of nothing to do". Can't beat all the "i" sounds in that line.

Your "tripe" is my caviar, 'DM'! Without detracting from that long list of superb composers, any song writer who can make up a lyric like this:

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

Deserves an accolade. Similarly, a lyric with this tricky title:

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.

I'd put him up there with the very best wordsmiths of his era.
Actually, watching that programme reminded me of what a superb lounge-singer Nat King Cole was. True he is rather 'samey' but I could listen to him for a long time. No-one, of coure, gets close to the later Sinatra.

Anyway, thank God for the 'Great American Song Book' in all its guises.

I enjoyed the programme greatly too. A good season all around.

I was amazed how many lyrics we all know so well came from the pen of just the one man.

Julie London's is my favourite "One more for the road." Not I am familiar with them all.

I don't know them all, either, but I think I would vote for Sinatra's - but then I'd probably vote for Sinatra's everything!

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