Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!
I enjoy posting remakes of popular recordings. Those covers I’ve found are quite interesting. And I truly appreciate artists keeping quality music from the past alive.
This week, the first of two segments of well-known classics that were given different treatments.
Hope you like these renditions. Let’s get started.
The impetus for this week’s blog came a few weeks ago when the planning for another Friday night feature took me to some Astrud Gilberto songs. She was the vocalist on “The Girl From Ipanema.” Before our first musical selection, yes, there was such a girl.
Here’s how this works. We’ll show a brief clip of the original memorable recording, then share something…different.
In the mid 70’s just about everyone was putting out records people could dance to. Often very old tunes were transformed into a completely contemporary sound.
Gilberto is now 78. At the time of the original recording of “The Girl From Ipanema” she was married to João Gilberto who sang the Portuguese lyrics on the extended version of the record. They soon divorced.
Today João Gilberto is living a lonely, destitute existence. You can read the details here.
On the list of the American Film Institute’s 100 top movie songs of all time, this ranks #2.
The late Barry White was a terrific arranger for his amazing ensemble, the Love Unlimited Orchestra.
From the album, “Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Different.”
At one time Kenny G played in the orchestra.
Barry White died in 2003. He was 58.
Next, the largest selling jazz single, written by saxophonist Paul Desmond and recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Desmond didn’t think too highly of his composition. He poked fun, saying he could use all of his royalties to purchase a new electric shaver.
Brubeck came up with a name for the instrumental and again Desmond wasn’t excited. Brubeck didn’t give up.
“So I said, ‘Well, we got to have a title. Why don’t you want to use it?’ And he said, ‘Nobody knows what it means.’ And I said, ‘Paul, you’re the only person probably in the country that doesn’t know what it means.'”
Harvey Mason is a jazz drummer who also plays vibes, percussion, marimba and keyboards. He’s been featured on more than 800 albums.
Mason’s album title is interesting. Ratamacue is one of the basic patterns of drumming, consisting of a two-beat figure, the first beat of which is played as a triplet and preceded by two grace notes.
You understand, don’t you?
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Part II is next Friday night.
We close with what is not only the best Disney song ever, but one of the best songs, period.
The 1940 Oscar winner for Best Song.
A collection of music videos featuring contemporary artists performing classic Disney songs was released in 1991.
“Fate is kind.”