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Old hat; same old same old; you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I don't get it why people are so negative about the word, old. Some of our greatest songwriters have used that word in some of their best songs. And some of our youngest singers are giving new voice to these old songs. I say, this grievous mistake must be corrected (or am I just up to my old tricks, trying to fill two hours with music? You be the judge...).
Joanie Sommers "I'm Old Fashioned" from Dream (Discovery) 2:23
Tony Bennett "Old Devil Moon" from Tony Makes It Happen (Columbia) 5:33
Ella Fitzgerald "You're An Old Smoothie" from Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song (Verve) 9:22
Joe Coughlin "That Old Devil Called Love" from Low Down on Broadway (Roadhouse Records) 12:45
Hilary Gardner "Seems Like Old Times" from The Late Set (Anzic records) 18:12
Tom Lehrer "When you Are Old And Gray" from The Old Dope Peddler (Regis Records) 22:07
Etta Jones "Old Folks" from Love Shout (Ojc) 26:14
Kevin Mahogany "Old Times Sake" from You Got What It Takes (Enja) 31:24
Melissa Walker "Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk" from I Saw The Sky (Enja) 34:31
(Mystery Vocalist) Dick Van Dyke "Old Rockin' Chair" from Step Back In Time (CD Baby) 40:38
Dorothy Dandridge "That Old Feeling" from Smooth Operator (Polygram Records) 46:50
Loston Harris "That Old Black Magic" from Why Try To Change Me Now (CD Baby) 49:50
April Barrows "An Old Stuffed Sofa" from My Dream is You (CD Baby) 54:41
Stan Kenton "My Old Flame" from The Stan Kenton Orchestra In Concert (Hindsight Records) 58:05
Nina Simone "Marriage Is For Old Folks" from I Put A Spell On You (Phillips) 1:04:23
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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