"Won't You Play A Simple Melody Like My Mother Sang To Me"
Not sure what brought this one on....I guess listening to 3 different versions of this great duet. In all 3 cases (Bing & Gary Crosby, Georgia Gibbs & Jo Stafford), it is sung as a light Dixieland jazz tune, and I don't see how anyone could not like it. At this point, I guess I should say...here...listen:
See what I mean? Very catchy. I can't honestly say that I have ever been especially fond of pure jazz (especially of the progressive variety), but dixieland is something else, and some people do not really make a distinction between dixie and ragtime, except one features mostly piano while the other features a lot of brass. Then, I thought of some other tunes in this idiom that I really like. How about this one by Doris Day with Jack Smith from "Moonlight Bay"? Doris and Dixieland? Yep...it may start with a simple ukelele, but it sure does not end up that way. It is called "Love Ya, Honey". Listen:
Jo Stafford in the early 50's did her thing with Dixieland, too, and she ended up with a really big record based on the old "Tin Roof Blues". It was called: "Make Love To Me". The Dixie beat is not as evident in this one, unless you listen in your brain. Here it is:
Just so you can see what I mean, here we have a good example of a ragtime song (original) done as a swing/jazz tune. It is from Doris Day's second movie, "My Dream is Yours". Listen to the words! "Cuttin' Capers", when jazz men get together a play a few licks. Dixie land is often the result. Unfortunately, it lead to progressive jazz, and that is what I really cannot stand: no real melody. But this one, just fine!
I specs the best example of dixieland (none sung of course) is probably Bob Crosby and his Bobcats on almost anything at all. Here is one I like:
Does anyone else besides me get as excited about the Holiday Season, like I do? I start thinking about it as soon as the weather turns colder, and I wish for snow. It has been such a long time since I remember a truly WHITE Christmas. When I was a kid, part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was shoveling the snow and making places for visitors to park.
Not only do I look forward to the snow, but I also look forward to what the season brings with it. Nothing looks better than when places are decorated for Christmas with those bright, lively colors: red, silver, gold, blue, green...all the ribbons and festivities.
And that glorious music...some of which I am currently featuring on my radio show (see our navigatiion menu to click onto it). Do I have favorite holiday music? You better believe it! Nothing, for me, surpasses this one by Doris:
Unless, of course, you consider the one that really sets the mood for the entire season, "Silver Bells":
Ok...I hear some saying "Is there anybody else but Doris who makes music for Mike at Christmas? Sure, but not many. Here are a few of my other favorites, and you see how eclectic my choices are! (click on the links to hear the songs)
You can hear my other favorites on my radio show. There is also an ultimate Christmas List on spotify which you can link to from our "Music!" page.
But, most of all, when I think about Christmas, I think about people and how unusually nice some of them get at this time of the year. (Others are nice all of the time...). It is a time to put away the hard feelings, the depressions, the sadness and get caught up in the blessings that Christmas brings, both secular and religious. Andy Williams summed it up in his big hit, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year but many others do the same thing.
It's a real shame that we can't do the Christmas thing year round; it would make the world a truly better place in which to live. And as we approach this wonderful season, I think of the words of Tiny Tim from Dicken's "A Christmas Carol":
Mike DeVita makes his home in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has lived for most of his life. A former teacher for over 33 years (English and Theatre Arts), he has spent the last few years doing internet radio and serving as a novice webmaster here on Songsandmemories, which is about 70 percent devoted to his favorite lady, Doris Day, as well as to other popular entertainers of the 20th Century. Mike also hosts an internet radio show on www.live365.com (It is called " Mike's Music Memories", a world of eclectic music.) He has also published his first book, "My 'Secret Love' Affair with Doris Day", covering a period of correspondence between Mike and Doris for over 60 years. The book is available for sale mostly online: www.amazon.com All proceeds from the book sales (in both paperback and kindle formats) go directly to the DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation) to benefit our four legged friends who cannot help themselves. Mike hopes you will respond to the blog comments and chime in whenever you wish.