Frank Sinatra made this song famous. But I like this version better. I don’t understand why Johnny Hartman wasn’t a bigger star? Was it because Nat King Cole came along with his smooth baritone first and there was only room on stages for one black man at a time? Because honestly, of the many many performers of the Great American Songbook, Johnny Hartman is one of my favorites.
I’ve been listening to a lot of the Great American Songbook lately. Originally just called Bewitched in the 1940’s production of Pal Joey, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered is one of Rogers and Hart’s most enduring standards. It has been performed by all of the major peformers of the time. I happen to like this one a lot.
It always pleases me when I come across something that perfectly fits my taste. It also makes me frustrated that something like this can escape my notice for as long as it does. I mean, you’d think they’d come up in Pandora, or on the You Tube recommendations or something.
In any event, The Staves are such a group that perfectly fits my taste. Largely acoustic, female singers, close harmony. I love all those things and The Staves are all those things combined.
Noah Gundersen has this fascinating way with broken love songs. Cigarettes is an absolutely addictive song, and so it this one off his latest album, Slow Dancer. And, to be honest, he has hired some really good directors to do his videos. It’s rare for me that a video adds something to a great song, but Gundersen has now done two videos that do that for me.
Queen of the Clouds was my favorite album of 2014, by quite a bit. While Tove Lo hasn’t released another album yet, singles drop from time to time. And I really like this one.
I know Lorde is everybody’s New Zealand darling, but I like Kimbra more, and have for longer. Most people know her from her guest turn on Goyte’s Somebody That I Used To Know, but she has an excellent body of work all her own and I encourage you to check it out.