My Funny Valentine

Sadly, the Scout and I are not together this Thanksgiving Day. We are both tending to our respective parents. Noble enough, but I miss him. Besides, he’s a better cook than I am.

My dad is doing well, by the way. He’s home. Results of surgery next week.

Every once in a while, I’ll fall in love with a song. Actually, it’s more like a period of intense infatuation, during which I play the song countless times and memorize the words (if there are words). Back in 2001, right after 9-11, I went through a phase with The Whole World by Outkast. Come to think of it, I’m going to send that one as a shout out to AP.

My music crushes are whimsical and irrational. To wit:

→Kylie Minogue’s Love at First Sight

→A song about Jim Morrison, simply called Morrison by CPR (the C is David Crosby).

→Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, 2nd movement.

Ne-Yo‘s song entitled “So Sick of Love Songs

→Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, here conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, in a performance by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the Proms – particularly the bit that starts at minute 7:40 and continues to the end of this clip. Lucky us, Dudamel is coming to the LA Philharmonic. Part 2 is here. I love the bit that starts at minute 2:12. Here’s part three. Very fun to see youth perform this work.

My friend Linden sang “My Funny Valentine” the other day and it grabbed me. REALLY grabbed me. So today, for all of our listening pleasure, but especially dedicated to The Scout, I offer up “My Funny Valentine” (courtesy of YouTube).

→→The awesome Chet Baker version – Tokyo, 1987. If this doesn’t stir your gravy, nothing well. I mean will. Nothing well or will. YouTube won’t let me post it here, but please check it out. It’s magical.

Here’s the straight-ahead, Matt Damon and Jude Law version from The Talented Mr. Ripley. Listen to this one first, then treat yourself to Chet.

My Funny Valentine (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

The Keith Jarrett trio has a beautiful instrumental version here.

Happy Thanksgiving, Valentine.

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3 Responses to “My Funny Valentine”

  1. Jill Davis Doughtie Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. AP Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the shout out – I like that song, too.

    Kylie Minogue is great. I remember how she used to be such a teenybopper with bubble-gum music like a cover of the “Locomotion” then she grew up, started banging the late Michael Hutchence from INXS, and became uber-sexy `cause of it.

  3. Susan Carrier Says:

    I loved the Chet Baker version. It stirred my gravy, as you predicted, and sent it straight to the top of a homemade biscuit.

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