BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Autumn In New York” Results

To refresh your memory, my October 15 battle pitted Japanese vocalist Kimiko Itoh against Jo Stafford on the timeless classic, “Autumn In New York.”

When the votes started rolling in on this battle, I thought I had made another error in judgment and that Jo Stafford would slaughter Kimiko Itoh, then Kimiko started getting votes, and I felt a little more at ease, and when it ended, it turned out to be pretty close. The results:

Kimiko Itoh: 4

Jo Stafford: 6

Congratulations to Jo Stafford and a pat on the back to Kimiko Itoh, who did very well in this one.

The next battle is scheduled (and has been for a couple of weeks; I’ve been organized!) for next Thursday, November 1. See you then!

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Unusual Instruments

Michele’s assignment for this week is “songs using unusual instruments.” As I see it, there are two kinds of unusual instruments: instruments that are just strange and instruments that you don’t usually associate with a particular genre of music. I think I managed to get a few samples of both.

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A Cooler and Less Humid Week That Was

Here are WGN Sports announcers Lloyd Pettit and Hall of Famer Jack Brickhouse for Hamm’s Beer. Wouldn’t a cold Hamm’s taste good right now?

This commercial aired on WGN on August 19, 1965, during a doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. In the first game, Jim Maloney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs as the Reds won, 1-0. Just thought you’d like to know.

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Song Lyric Sunday: “Perdido”

So, Helen asked us to find a song with the theme “lost.” It stumped me for a second, then I realized that the Spanish word for “lost” is “perdido,” and that’s also a jazz standard. It was written by Juan Tizol when he was with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The Duke and company recorded the definitive version in January 1942, according to The Blogger’s Best Friend™. TBBF also tells us that lyrics were written in 1944 by Ervin Drake and Hans Lengsfelder, but that it wasn’t until 1957 that Ella Fitzgerald recorded a vocal version of it. Here, then is Miss Ella with “Perdido.”

Lyrics from LyricsFreak:

Perdido,
I look for my heart
It`s perdido
I lost it way down in Torito
The day the fiesta started

Bolero,
I sway that they play the Bolero
I kissed me the listing sombrero
And that`s when my heart departed

High, was the sun when I held him close
Low, was the moon when we said, “Adios”

Perdido
My heart ever since is Perdido
I know I must go to Torito
To find what I lost Perdido

High, was the sun when I held him close
Low, was the moon when we said, “Adios”

Perdido
Goodnight perdido
I lost perdido

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for October 21, 2018.

When All Else Fails, Play Music #socs

“Can” can be used as a verb, meaning “is able to.” Like the Pointer Sisters said back in the ’70’s, “Yes We Can Can.”

Or it could be used to indicate a possibility, like Men At Work’s “Who Can It Be Now?”

Or it might be used as a noun, as in a beer can or can of vegetables. I like the beer can aspect.

“The can” is another nickname for jail, as used in the second verse of “The Streets of Bakersfield.”

And it’s a handy nickname for the bathroom… listen at 2:34…

And it can even be used as a nickname for your backside. Like I said, useful word.


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