All The Things You Are

Longtime readers of this blog may know of my obsession with this song, as I’ve posted various versions over the years. This time we go operatic with Beverly Sills. One thing about Ms. Sills–you never worry that she won’t hit … Continue reading

All The Things You Are: Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald

*** Monday morning, we go legit. If you follow my blog regularly, you might know that this is one of my favorite jazz standards (see here and here and here for other versions). But it was originally written for a … Continue reading

All The Things You Are: Sonny Stitt

  *** Monday morning you wake up in a panic and realize it’s been more than a year since you posted another version of “All The Things You Are.” (For other versions I’ve posted, see here, here, here, and here) … Continue reading

All The Things You Are: Coleman Hawkins

*** *** Monday morning starts with my favorite jazz standard. I like so many versions of it. This Coleman Hawkins take was new to me, but it’s already become a regular on my playlists. Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Bud Powell … Continue reading

The Greatest Popular Song Ever

*** *** At the live broadcast of Everything Old is New Again Live at the Metropolitan Room last Sunday, my heart leapt when I heard music historian David Hadju, author of the new history of popular music, Love For Sale, … Continue reading

Refuge

*** Phil Ochs once wrote that in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty. In a world gone crazy, there’s at least this one true Monday thing: “All the Things You Are” Guitar: Django Reinhardt Violin: Stephane Grapelli

“It’s Very Humid Out”

My friend, Alan, has a monthly theater group at the local library which hosts an event he likes to call “Instant Theater.” One of the games he plays is this: given two phrases, you must write a play using the … Continue reading