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OCTOBER 31, 2006

Song of the Day #750

Song of the DayDanse Macabre (Opus 40), composed by Camille Saint-Saens, is one of those Halloween staples. Listen to an audio clip featuring the London Philharmonia Orchestra, another featuring Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also a performance by pianist Vladimir HorowitzHappy Halloween!

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OCTOBER 30, 2006

Song of the Day #749

Song of the DayBewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, a great Rodgers and Hart tune from "Pal Joey," kicks off our mini-tribute in honor of Halloween week (okay, so the song has nothing to do with witches and goblins, even if it has "bewitched" in the title... but I love it!). Listen to audio clips of renditions recorded by Doris DayElla FitzgeraldLinda RonstadtBenny Goodman (with Helen Forrest)Rod Stewart and CherBarbra Streisand, and Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz.

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Didn't Sinatra record Bewitched?

Posted by: Chris Grieb | October 30, 2006 10:50 AM

Chris, I couldn't find any links to a Sinatra version, but a little digging turned up this information:

Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
08/13/57 Arr: Nelson Riddle
Capitol, Studio
CD: Pal Joey Soundtrack (OOP)
02/20/63 Arr: Nelson Riddle
Reprise, Studio
CD: Concert Sinatra
04/00/94 Arr: Patrick Williams
With: Patti LaBelle (Electronic Duet)
Capitol, Special
CD: Duets II
Note: Orch recorded 5/17-18/94, vocal from April 1994 concert

So, yes, he certainly did record it. Check out Songs by Sinatra for what appears to be a definitive listing of all his recordings. It's quite a list!


Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | November 8, 2006 09:55 AM


OCTOBER 23, 2006

Song of the Day #748

Song of the DayJust for Love, words and music by Peter Murphy (see "Subway") features the scintillating violin work of Hugh Marsh and the rhythmic pulse of tabla player Shankar. This superb track, with its Middle Eastern influences, is an innovative highlight of Peter's 'luminescent' album, "Dust" (audio clip at that link).

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"There is no 'try'!
You truck, or you do not!"

Chris: Keep on Truckin'!


Posted by: John Dailey | October 27, 2006 11:32 PM

I've been following your songs of the day for a long time now, and I just wanted to thank you for opening up my mind to so many different genres of music. Thanks especially for turning me onto Peter Murphy. I had no idea who he was or what he was about, but the two songs you highlighted gave me incentive to purchase the CDs and they are both wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Nancy | October 29, 2006 12:56 PM

Nancy, you're welcome. I confess that I knew nothing about Peter Murphy until a couple of years ago, and my exploration of his body of work has made me a real fan. There is a lot to explore, so enjoy!

And, JD, nice to see you around these parts again; thanks for your encouragement and support.


Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | November 8, 2006 09:52 AM


OCTOBER 21, 2006

Song of the Day #747

Song of the DayNight in Tunisia, written by birthday boy Dizzy Gillespie, has been recorded by many jazz artists, including Sonny RollinsArt BlakeyManhattan Transfer, and, of course, Dizzy and Bird.

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OCTOBER 15, 2006

Song of the Day #746

Song of the DayPradizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye), words and music by Edu LoboTorquato Neto, and Lani Hall, is a sensitive bossa nova, which has been recorded by Brasil 66 and the incomparable Sarah Vaughan (audio clips at those links).

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Geez. I hope the choice of song here isn't indicative of the future of's been a few days...:-(

Posted by: Peri Sword | October 19, 2006 11:48 PM

Hey, Peri, yes, it has been more than a few days. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines for me... but I'll continue my posting here as time allows. Thanks for all your support, as always,

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | November 8, 2006 09:51 AM


OCTOBER 10, 2006

Song of the Day #745

Song of the DayGive Me the Simple Life, words and music by Harry Ruby and Rube Bloom, was first heard in the 1946 film, "Wake Up and Dream." Listen to audio clips from renditions by Ella FitzgeraldJulie LondonTony BennettRosemary Clooney, and Mel Torme and George Shearing.

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OCTOBER 04, 2006

Postseason Sparkle

There's a long, long way to go, but yesterday the postseason started off with a bang for Yankee fans. The Yanks took the opener of their division series against the Detroit Tigers, 8-4. MVP candidate Derek Jeter was terrific, going 5 for 5, with a solo homer, and some sparkling defensive plays as well. Whatever path these Yankees take this October, I still marvel at the record-setting production of this great Yankee ballplayer.

Go Jeter. Go Yanks.

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Jeter is simply amazing. Good write-up here.

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | October 4, 2006 09:06 AM

One down, ten to go. But it's a long way to Tipperary. ;-)

Posted by: Andre Zantonavitch | October 4, 2006 08:33 PM

My sympathies, Chris.

I understand how it feels to have your heart broken by the Detroit Tigers.

Posted by: Peri Sword | October 8, 2006 02:21 AM

Detroit played the better game and its time for the Yankees to start losing. Michigan teams are winning all across the board. They've dominated in football, (pro and college) baseball, and all the other sports. because they are the GREATEST.

Posted by: Mike Brown the Detroit Fan | October 8, 2006 03:44 PM

I think it's fair to say, that not many tears are being shed in Boston over the fate of the NY Yankees.

Posted by: Jim Farmelant | October 8, 2006 08:28 PM

...and now I know how a team from St. Louis can break MY heart too. :-(

Posted by: Peri | October 9, 2006 10:30 AM

My tears will shed for Boston!

Posted by: Edugree | October 9, 2006 05:22 PM

Overpaid bums!

Posted by: Mark D. Fulwiler | October 10, 2006 01:04 PM

With the prospect of a Subway Series derailed because the Yankee season came to a crashing end, the New York Mets begin their quest for the NL pennant tonight.

But for Yankee fans, there is no better time than now to contemplate the importance of "Cleaning House."

I largely agree with Bill Madden's take on this (see his article, "Cleaning House Has Nice Ring to It"). The Yankees have become a lumbering (and very expensive) group (not quite a "team"). I've said it before, and I'll say it again: They are not going to recapture the World Series (or advance much beyond the first or second round) if they pursue the policy of signing All-Stars, who may be great individual players but who don't constitute a team. This is the policy that kept them from winning a World Series from 1979 through 1995 (a period during which they made it to the Fall Classic only once, when they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1981... led by another anemic All-Star, Dave Winfield, who went 1 for 22, and who was dubbed by The Boss as "Mr. May," in contrast to Reggie "Mr. October" Jackson).

In terms of the recent past, the most successful Yankee teams were those peppered with seasoned veterans acquired from the free agent market and young players who had earned their pinstripes through the Yankee farm system. Today, the most consistent players are those such as Jeter, Posada, or even Bernie Williams, who came up through that farm system and who are among the last vestiges of the cohesive Yankee dynasty that dominated baseball in the late 1990s. And the current crop of young players with the most heart (e.g., Melky Cabrera) also happen to be farm system products. These guys kept the team afloat during a year plagued with physical setbacks (to players like Matsui and Sheffield) and psychological ones (for high-maintenance players like A-Rod).

Speaking of A-Rod: Yes, he's a great player. But, for me, he has yet to prove himself in the clutch. I should state, however, that I'm sick and tired of hearing how it's all Jeter's fault that A-Rod hasn't performed up to his potential, that the Yankee Captain should have extended an olive branch to his old buddy and stood up for him when the Stadium crowd was booing A-Rod for his poor showings at the plate or on the field (see, for example, John Harper's essay in the New York Daily News).

Whatever the failings of the Jeter-Rodriguez relationship, I often think back to the frosty relationship between Captain Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson. Munson didn't have to embrace Jackson to inspire the latter to performance heights. Both of these players did great in the regular season and in the postseason. And their Yankee team, from the late 1970s, was combative, combustive, and crazy. But it also had chemistry, and it won back-to-back World Series in 1977 and 1978.

I don't think the problem here is the Manager, Joe Torre. I think managers can exert a powerful influence... as long as they have the tools to finish the job. Casey Stengel managed the Yankees to some of their finest seasons in the 1950s. He didn't have as much success with the Mets of the early 1960s. From my perspective, Joe Torre is a class act, and a stabilizing force in a volatile market (with a volatile boss), and he deserves to work out his contract, which ends at the conclusion of next season.

Speaking of having the "tools" to finish the job, let us remember that among those tools is PITCHING. The most successful Yankee teams didn't rely just on great hitting; Bronx Bombers though they may have been, they sported some of the finest pitchers the game has ever seen. It's pitching, pitching, pitching. Not just for the regular season, but especially for the postseason and its 3 out of 5 and 4 out of 7 short series.

The Yankees need to acquire younger pitchers and, more importantly, more homegrown young pitchers to carry them through ... not the patchwork quilt of older, and more brittle, pitchers they've relied on recently. And they need a long-term strategy to shore-up their bullpen; relief pitcher Mariano Rivera is not going to be around forever.

The Yankees have had a great history, but they do not have a birthright to the postseason. Like every other team, they have to earn it. As a Yankee fan, I sincerely hope they start correcting course immediately.

Well, that's my take. It's Detroit v. Oakland, St. Louis v. the New York Mets, and I'm still watching baseball.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | October 11, 2006 07:48 AM

Chris, your analysis is spot-on. But I thought baseball season ended last week. ;-)

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | October 11, 2006 08:39 AM

I had to go online at work to do some research and I just read the terrible news and just had to check here to see if you are ok! I hope the Yankee pitcher was spared in the horrible accident this afternoon in Manhattan, but it doesn't look too good.

My REAL sympathies now.

Posted by: Peri | October 11, 2006 05:53 PM

I just saw that Mayor Bloomberg annouced Cory Lidle died in the crash.

I am so sorry. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones today.

Posted by: Peri | October 11, 2006 06:06 PM

Thanks for your sweet words, Peri.

In truth, this scared the daylights out of a lot of us. When the first reports came on the news, interrupting "One Life to Live" here in the Sciabarra household, it was pretty scary. We actually know people who live in that building! And needless to say, a lot of neighbors were immediately thinking that NYC was under attack again (it didn't help that some fighter jets were scrambled).

It was a terrible tragedy, indeed; New Yorkers hardly had a chance to really get to know Cory Lidle, the Yankee pitcher who was killed in the crash. Fortunately, except for Lidle and his flight instructor, nobody else was injured or killed.

My sympathies to the families of the deceased.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | October 12, 2006 09:26 AM

My sympathies to all Yankee fans and New Yorkers. This has been a hard week.

Posted by: Chris Grieb | October 15, 2006 08:20 AM

Great website! Bookmarked! I am impressed at your work!

Posted by: topicstarter | October 17, 2006 12:48 PM

Thanks for the compliments!

And, yes, Chris, it was a hard week when you posted that note. I'm now looking forward to some real changes in the offseason, and maybe, a little good news around MVP time.

Take good care,

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | November 8, 2006 09:50 AM


OCTOBER 01, 2006

Song of the Day #744

Song of the DayIt's Only a Paper Moon, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Billy Rose, is a song that owes its origins to the theater. It has also been heard in a few films, including "Take a Chance" (1933), "Paper Moon" (1973), and "Funny Lady" (1975). While you're celebrating the arrival of the Full Harvest Moon later this week, listen to audio clips of this song recorded by Ella FitzgeraldNat King Cole, and actor James Caan (from "Funny Lady").

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"Fair Critic" indeed.

Posted by: E.S. | October 2, 2006 09:13 PM

Thanks, E.S. ... though I've no clue what I was "fair" about!

Hope you're enjoying the music...

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | October 12, 2006 09:23 AM