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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Spring can really hang you up the most

I play piano, although I'm barely intermediate in ability. I'm mostly self-taught, which could be the problem.

But the classics are so cool. One of them is "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" (lyric by Fran Landesman, music by Tommy Wolf, copyright 1955).

After I played it today (from "the Big Book of Torch Songs"), I wondered how it was supposed to be done. So I Googled up some Youtube performances. There are a bunch of them, some quite lovely.

But before you die, listen to Ella Fitzgerald. Oh. My. God. Effortless perfection. Ditto for the piano. It's hard to imagine that such a thing is even possible.

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