Get Out of Town

Reviewed by mojo

Sigh. Okay, so Mojo's not that keen on ultra-slow dirgey sort of songs. If it wasn't Ella singing, I probably wouldn't bother with this song. As it is, if I am listening to hours and hours of Ella, I'll frequently skip this one. There. I said it.

I'm not that keen on the song, but if you focus on Ella's technical prowess it's almost bearable. First is the "glowing lower register" I bring up so often. Also present here is Cole Porter's comment when presented with this album: "My, what marvellous diction that girl has." Which is the sort of offhand odd remark that would have Mojo in conniptions, but since I don't like this song all that much I can listen to other things instead of the superficial fun, and yes, if you listen, Ella does indeed have marvellous diction.

But marvellous diction does not a song make, and while Ella demonstrates her absolutely PERFECT control of voice and pitch, it's just too torchy and draggy for my taste. The arrangement is okay--the piano is particularly moody and well done; it really conveys the smoky bar chanteuse vibe that's going on here. But I must admit it--despite my whining and complaining, Mojo is actually one of those obnoxiously happy sort of people, and this song "is getting me down", to quote the man himself.

I'm also not a fan of obsessive love, which I think is rather unhealthy and NOT indicative of a good relationship, no matter WHAT sitcoms and movies tell you. It's like trying to find a Valentine's day card, and all you can find are these horrific "I'll just DIE without you" sentiments, which is really not where Mojo cares to explore. Mojo wants love to be a mutually fulfilling pleasant sort of thing, not the angst-driven torture of popular culture. But I realize such sentiments, having no real conflict, don't really make for exciting and dramatic entertainment. So, um, let's compromise, okay? You can have your tortured angst, if it makes you so happy. Just pep it up a little, okay? Snazzy beat. Poppin' fingers. Is THAT too much to ask? Let's see Bette Midler give this the "Miss Otis Regrets" treatment. I won't complain. Promise.

Get Out of Town (1956)

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Cole Porter
Cole Porter

From Wikipedia:


"Get Out of Town" is a 1938 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical Leave It to Me!, where it was introduced by Tamara Drasin.