We’re a long way from “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “The Wind Beneath My Wings” today, but we do have the incomparable (so just stop trying) Bette Midler on board this time.
I’ve listened to the Divine Miss M for many years and enjoyed every occasion, but I had not thought of her as a jazz vocalist until I ran across this one. Comedian, film and stage actress, multiple Grammy award winner, tireless performer, general all-around gutsy entertainer. But not jazz singer. Until now.
The phrasing on this one, the vocalizing, the whole She-bang, and that She is the not only Divine but divinely jazzy.
She’s also divinely irreverent. A woman after my own heart. I once owned a car I named Bette in her honor because I drove that car back and forth across the country by myself several times and “she” got me through many tough situations including heavy snow, run ins with 18 wheelers, blinding rain storms and more. My “car conversations” with Bette kept me going.
One of my favorite mottoes about life comes from her: “If they can’t take a joke, f**k ’em.” If that offends you, it could have been worse. (And if it offends you, I suggest you not hang out with too many jazz musicians or read my jazz novel.)
But for now, she’s here with a divine, beautifully jazzy take on the 1947 ballad written just for this weekend. And by the way, JazzBabies, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?
With all good wishes for 2018!