“Complex City,” by Oliver Nelson and Jazz Interactions Orchestra.
I admit I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about jazz history, but I am dismayed that I’d never heard of Oliver Nelson until now. This piece is used as the opening music for Koch, and I love it.
Mel Torme, “No Moon at All.”
Starting my morning off right (singing at my desk).
Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
Cicely Tyson was married to Miles Davis?! You learn something new every day.
J’adore Fats Waller’s song, “Until the Real Thing Comes Along”
this song is used in my favorite scene in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Haunting.
My friend and I saw the movie last night. Despite the uneven pacing, I enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild. I told my friend as we were leaving that I just want to give Hushpuppy a big hug.
Going to her Austin City Limits taping tonight.
“Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” performed by Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo.
Like most people I know, I first came across this song in Wong Kar Wai’s movie, In the Mood for Love.
Although the choice of Nat King Cole’s version in this movie is masterful, I’ve lately been rummaging the internet for different versions. This certainly caught my attention.
Their harmonies are wonderful, but I prefer a little more oomph in the song’s performance. I love Doris Day’s version the most, but I also really enjoy Lila Downs’ take on it, as well as Celia Cruz’s.
The Wailin’ Jennys, “Cherry Blossom Love.” This jazzy number stands out on their recent album (which I’m enjoying, but I don’t love it as much as their 2006 Firecracker album).
My friend J last night asked me to sing this song with her band at their farewell concert this summer. It’s the first song ever banned from radio (for suggestive content), called ”How Could Red Riding Hood?” I’d never heard of it before yesterday.
I told her I thought I could do it if someone sang with me. Despite the number of times I’ve done karaoke, I still get nervous singing alone in front of people I don’t know.