Saturday, February 27, 2010
Cole Porter, the musical toast of Peru Indiana, Paris and New York City, also had a profound effect on Hollywood and the movies.
Like his peers Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart and Richart Rogers, his songs brought Broadway and Hollywood together in diverse and wonderful ways. Mary Martin, for instance, became an overnight star on Broadway in the Porter vehicle “Leave It To Me!” The woman who would eventually fly thru the air on wire cables as “Peter Pan” stopped the show with a mock strip tease performed on top of a cabin trunk while singing “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”. She would later appear as herself in the 1946 Porter biographical musical epic “Night and Day,” auditioning for Cary Grant, who played Cole Porter in the film.
“DuBarry Was a Lady,” which starred Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman on Broadway in 1940, was made into a 1943 movie with Lucille Ball and Red Skelton in the leading roles, but used very little of the original Porter score.
But Hollywood would soon be further Porter attenuated. His “I Concentrate On You” was one of the big hits from the movie “Broadway Melody of 1940,” while the 1943… Read the full story »
Monday, February 22, 2010
I love the old adage, “say it with music!”
It’s the title of a song, and a lovely thought.
How many times have we wanted to express an emotion or feeling but were at a loss for words?
Music reaches the deepest places in our hearts.
Vintage music, especially,… Read the full story »
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Frank Sinatra, the ultimate entertainer who turned large amphitheaters into intimate settings, would not be amused by today’s trend toward viral media. YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, eek! Handy for looking things up, but a royal pain in the ass when it comes to handcrafted live music.
“I’m… Read the full story »
Monday, February 1, 2010
A group of composers were sitting around planning a tribute to one of their peers.
“Call Judy Chamberlain,” someone said. “She’s the only one who sings the songs right.”
Words…and music, the way the composers wrote them. Swinging jazz.
These things do not often go hand in hand.