Public Domain (but it could be me)
Elsewhere on the web I write about technology and writing and other serious subjects, but this new websketch is not about my opinions on the news of the world or the news of the day or writing or anything but music.
The name tells you I’ll be focusing on my first love – jazz – but there’s room in a woman’s heart for more, and my musical interests are eclectic.
My parents were never inclined to go to an opera, but they loved jazz and swing, and they loved to dance, so I was introduced to some of the best when I was babe in arms listening to those old 78s on our big radio phonograph in the living room.
During a war with loved ones fighting around the globe, with air raids and black outs at home, those waiting and working on the home front danced.
Later I was a teen-ager with my little 45 rpm player and then a young adult of the 60s with a stereo hi-fi that came with a demo record so you could hear a ping-pong game back and forth on the speakers and and then an older, but still young-at-heart adult of the 70s when the way to go was “components,” so I have a lot of rock favorites – probably as many as any person out there of a certain age. I also like a lot of country western, folk and classical music, not to mention the blues. Oh, definitely the blues.
I wrote and published a novel about a girl singer who grew up loving Billie Holiday, and I have another novel in progress about a blues man who heals a sorrowful woman’s heart.
No music choices please everybody and that’s okay. There are plenty of other resources for you on the web if my taste is not yours. But maybe now and then I’ll be able to bring you a little gem you didn’t know about.
For this first post, because it’s summer, I’m linking seven summertime songs – jazz, country, classical, rock…There are at least a dozen more I could include – the soundtrack of summers past, summers present and possibly summers future. I’m sure you also have a soundtrack. There’s just something about summer days and nights that sings.
Maybe a couple of these will interest you or you might want to listen to them all and find something new.
But please be sure to listen to Billie.
John Sebastian/Lovin’ Spoonful and “Summer in the City,” live at the 1986 reunion concert at the Fillmore
Eddie Heywood and “Soft Summer Breeze,” one of the sweetest jazz tunes I know
Julian Lloyd Webber and his lovely cello on MacDowell’s “To A Wild Rose”
Alan Jackson and “Chattahoochie”
Bob Dylan, “Summer Days” from Love and Theft
“Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens, a goofy song that drove a lot of kids wild in 1957 and was featured in “American Graffiti”
And finally, Gershwin’s haunting “Summertime.” There’s a joke among jazz musicians that goes “How many girl singers does it take to sing Summertime?” “Apparently all of them.” Maybe true, but nobody sings it like Billie.