No Business Like Shoe Business: Hobson’s Choice

A delightful dance from The Birmingham Royal Ballet in David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice, about the three daughters of a shoestore owner. With Stephen Wicks as Albert Prosser and Chenca Williams as Alice Hobson.

Thanks to YouTuber Ballet archive

Fine and Dandy: Anita O’Day

Comedian Art Metrano died this month. You can see his most famous routine here. The name of the ultra-annoying show-biz tune Metrano hums incessantly in the background is actually a lovely song called “Fine and Dandy.” Anita O’Day shows just how fine and dandy the song can be.

Fun fact: The music for “Fine and Dandy” was written by Kay Swift, but the lyrics were written by Swift’s husband, James Paul Warburg, who was a banker and financial advisor to FDR, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations who wrote about nuclear disarmament issues. He wrote the lyrics to “Fine and Dandy” under the pseudonym of Paul James.

Further Fun Fact: Warburg divorced Swift because she had been having a long-term affair with George Gershwin.

Thanks to YouTuber Phillip Primrose

Hello: A Cappella Cover

From Josh Turner’s college days. It takes a bit of time to get off the ground, but once it does, it’s really good.

Lauren King on the right; Austin Long in the hoodie; Amber Ordaz back row right; Taylor Neita on the left, and Josh Turner beatboxing.

More at Amber Taylor Music

Dylan Rehearses “We Are The World”

I thought this was really fascinating: Bob Dylan, clearly out of his element, singing a song not his own, but wanting to contribute to this charity release. He seems to me scared, humble, and persistent. Fun seeing him around Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie and Quincey Jones.

Thanks to YouTuber b52careofcell44

Ronnie

Monday morning, 1964, The Four Seasons. This was not a number one hit for the Four Seasons, but still one of the great Bob Gaudio/Bob Crewe productions with the inimitable Frankie Valli.

Thanks to YouTuber Smurfstools Oldies Music Time Machine

The Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness

With a song title like that, you know the rest of the song just has to be great.

John Prine, with accompaniment by Nanci Griffith who unfortunately died this month.

Thanks to YouTuber derek868

What’s Going On

Monday Morning, Marvin Gaye looks around and sees.

The back story on the conception, release, and reception of the song and its album are fascinating reading, here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What’s_Going_On_(Marvin_Gaye_album)

Thanks to YouTuber Markos Dutra

You Ain’t Going Nowhere

Carson and Josh with a Dylan song written while Dylan was in Woodstock, recovering from his motorcycle accident and a few years after getting married.

Fun to see Josh and Carson in Carson’s childhood bedroom, singing and playing better than ever.

More at Josh Turner Guitar

The Nearness Of You: Larry McKenna

New to me, but wow, what a saxophonist!

Larry McKenna – tenor saxophone
Tony Miceli – vibraphone
Matthew Parrish – bass
Dan Monaghan – drums

Its not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
Its just the nearness of you

It isn't your sweet conversation
That brings this sensation, oh no
Its just the nearness of you

When you're in my arms and I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true

I need no soft lights to enchant me
If you'll only grant me the right
To hold you ever so tight
And to feel in the night the nearness of you.


https://www.letssingit.com/it/andy-cooper-testo-the-nearness-of-you-lpp45s2

Thanks to YouTuber Melissa Gilstrap