JazzBabies, we’re celebrating a super blue moon this week, and you may have been expecting that I’d post one jazz artist or another singing or playing “Blue Moon” for the occasion – and it is an occasion – but after some thought, I decided to make my way to a different little jazz avenue.
One of my favorite musicals is Finian’s Rainbow because of the great tunes, the comedy, the love story, and the Irish twist that lines right up with my own Irish heritage. More than that, though, Finian’s Rainbow which hit the Broadway stage in 1947, is both a light and joyous Irish jig complete with a leprechaun and a musical with a social commentary that would not be out of place in today’s America.
I like this musical, too, because of Finian’s terrific line that speaks to so much of life: “Things are indeed hopeless, hopeless – but they’re not serious.” I keep that little passage posted where I can see it every day.
So, in honor of the blue moon and romance and my Irish gypsy grandfather, and in the hope of better times ahead, here’s one of those great Harburg and Lane tunes from Finian’s Rainbow – “Old Devil Moon” – given an appropriately jazzy take by the equallygreat combo of Anita O’Day and the Oscar Peterson Quartet.
Ciao, JazzBabies…don’t miss that moon!