Song of the Day: Vince Guaraldi, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”

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The song for which Vince Guaraldi is probably best known, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” was on his 1962 album Impressions of Black Orpheus, which included a couple of songs from the movie as well as a couple of originals (this being one of them) and covers of other artists’ songs. It won the Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition in 1963, and it reached #22 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the Easy Listening chart.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Vince Guaraldi, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”

  1. I think I might still have this album in my collection. Actually it was left behind by my second wife. I might have sold it when I sold most of my LP collection, but it seems like I recall seeing it last time I was going through those albums. That was several years ago. Good music though.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I got into jazz at a very young age. I can’t remember if it was hearing “Take Five” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet or hearing Guaraldi’s music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that dd it (or maybe it was listening to Dad’s Dixieland records), but the jazz bug bit me early. I mean, in single digits. It is an acquired taste, to be sure. Guaraldi’s music is good because, even if you don’t like jazz, it’s kind of easy listening “sitting in a dimly lit coffeehouse” music (and yes, I’ve been to a few of them…)

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      1. I have never got the jazz bug but take five is brilliant too 💜, I do remember Acker Bilk and Stranger on the Shore, or maybe that was not Jazz.

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  2. I always believe I have never heard of these songs because I don’t know the titles. I start listening and I know it quite well and enjoyed listening to this. When I was younger, I didn’t have an appreciation for this music but I really love it now

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    1. Guaraldi did all the music for the “Peanuts” specials, starting with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in ’65, when I was 9. By the end of that show, I was hooked.

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