Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rain Can't Extinguish The Heart

Blossom Dearie Anita O'Day
Billie Holiday Diana Krall
Clockwise: Anita O'Day; Blossom Dearie; Diana Drall; and Billie Holiday.

No matter how much Sandy has blown, or how much rain she dropped on us all, she might be able to dampen our spirits, but she cannot douse the fire in our hearts. How do I know that? Well, there are some incredible ladies that tell me things, like the brilliant Anita O'Day when she sings "Soon It's Gonna Rain" from the 1960 musical comedy 'The Fantasticks,' with lyrics written by Tom Jones, and music composed by Harvey Schmidt.

Next up, there is a song from the 1970 album from Blossom Dearie, called 'That's Just The Way I Want To Be.' The last cut on the album is "I Like London In The Rain," written by Blossom and Jim Council. While Dearie started recording music in the 1950s, this was the first album that truly featured her talents as a songwriter, instead of a great interpreter of songs.

In 1997, Diana Krall put out a wonderful album, 'Love Scenes.' One of the songs was "Gentle Rain," written by Luiz Bonfá and Matt Dubey. It is a gorgeous and sultry song, perfect to just wrap yourself in.

Now, I do love to listen to the great Billie Holiday, and while it might have been easy to choose her "Come Rain Or Come Shine" recording, I couldn't resist picking a popular song written in 1936 by Arthur Johnston and Johnny Burke. Would it be great it when the skies open up, it rained "Pennies From Heaven"? Certainly if Billie was a part of it.

Have a great weekend!


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