Friday Night Music Byte
Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…
Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan – “Wave” (1974)
Jazz vocal music peaked on September 24, 1973. On that night Sarah Vaughan gave a concert at the Sun Plaza Hotel in Tokyo. Virtually every one of he twenty seven songs on this set offers an unsurpassed thrill. One of the best is “Wave” which starts as a majestic and super-slow ballad, but when the bossa nova pulse kicks in on the second chorus, it brings with it breathtaking vistas. Like all great music, this “Wave” offers nothing less than a new way of seeing the world. That one track is enough to take your breath away. And then along comes another perfect little miracle, and then another, until the show’s over. That’s when it hits you: This all happened on one night.