January 25th, 2008

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Humphrey's choice

Man-fred's more of a scamp in the mornings, but today Humph saw fit to step about on the keyboard and arrange for this one to play for us as we stirred to life:

    .mp3   >-->   "These Foolish Things" (live)  --  Ella

It's from a second (looser, then wilder) (and more audience-charged) night of the same concert bill in 1957. The Ella at the Opera House cd has both (and a wikipedia page, you'll see if you click) (one that needs editing, though---maybe later on that). The recording quality of the second night isn't as good. It's in mono, too. But boy does she have a night that night. The rest of the musicians too.

Humphrey's selection is a funny sort of song. She does her ballad magic on it, though. Don't 'spect anybody else could rescue that dorky bridge for me---the veni, vidi, vici bit. I took Latin & am a big dork, and even I think that's an awkward stretch, in a song I like otherwise, with its cataloguing of specifics, images. Of haunting.

That IS the bridge, right? That dumb part? I mean, it's in there twice, but I think what we've got us here is verses and a bridge that's repeated. With a sort of refrain in the titular portion of the verses, but no chorus. It's a bridge cuzza the chords, I'm thinking.

Maybe I'll look up the bridge in song structure later, too.

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