Song Spotlight – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning – Johnny Hartman

 

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.

Song Spotlight – Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered – Doris Day

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.

Song Spotlight: Mexico – The Staves

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.

Song Spotlight: Slow Dancer – Noah Gundersen

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.