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October 31, 2006

Song of the Day #750

Song of the Day: Danse Macabre (Opus 40), composed by Camille Saint-Saens, is one of those Halloween staples. Listen to an audio clip featuring the London Philharmonia Orchestra, another featuring Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also a performance by pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2006

Song of the Day #749

Song of the Day: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, a great Rodgers and Hart tune from "Pal Joey," kicks off our mini-tribute in honor of Halloween week (okay, so the song has nothing to do with witches and goblins, even if it has "bewitched" in the title... but I love it!). Listen to audio clips of renditions recorded by Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Benny Goodman (with Helen Forrest), Rod Stewart and Cher, Barbra Streisand, and Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz.

October 23, 2006

Song of the Day #748

Song of the Day: Just for Love, words and music by Peter Murphy (see "Subway") features the scintillating violin work of Hugh Marsh and the rhythmic pulse of tabla player Shankar. This superb track, with its Middle Eastern influences, is an innovative highlight of Peter's 'luminescent' album, "Dust" (audio clip at that link).

October 21, 2006

Song of the Day #747

Song of the Day: Night in Tunisia, written by birthday boy Dizzy Gillespie, has been recorded by many jazz artists, including Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Manhattan Transfer, and, of course, Dizzy and Bird.

October 15, 2006

Song of the Day #746

Song of the Day: Pradizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye), words and music by Edu Lobo, Torquato Neto, and Lani Hall, is a sensitive bossa nova, which has been recorded by Brasil 66 and the incomparable Sarah Vaughan (audio clips at those links).

October 10, 2006

Song of the Day #745

Song of the Day: Give Me the Simple Life, words and music by Harry Ruby and Rube Bloom, was first heard in the 1946 film, "Wake Up and Dream." Listen to audio clips from renditions by Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and Mel Torme and George Shearing.

October 04, 2006

Postseason Sparkle

There's a long, long way to go, but yesterday the postseason started off with a bang for Yankee fans. The Yanks took the opener of their division series against the Detroit Tigers, 8-4. MVP candidate Derek Jeter was terrific, going 5 for 5, with a solo homer, and some sparkling defensive plays as well. Whatever path these Yankees take this October, I still marvel at the record-setting production of this great Yankee ballplayer.

Go Jeter. Go Yanks.

October 01, 2006

Song of the Day #744

Song of the Day: It's Only a Paper Moon, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Billy Rose, is a song that owes its origins to the theater. It has also been heard in a few films, including "Take a Chance" (1933), "Paper Moon" (1973), and "Funny Lady" (1975). While you're celebrating the arrival of the Full Harvest Moon later this week, listen to audio clips of this song recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and actor James Caan (from "Funny Lady").