Things Are Looking Up

Reviewed by mojo

This is another guilty pleasure of a song. Very light and fluffy and happy. It's the sort of song you put on when you've just received some good news and you feel like celebrating, but in private so you don't look like such a doofus, so you put this song on and you sing along and dance around the house and hope the UPS lady doesn't show up. As she's been known to do. All unannounced, like. And Mojo just getting out of the shower. It's not a pretty scene. Let's go somewhere else, shall we?

Once again we have a happy song from a Fred Astaire movie, and you can just see all the leaping and tap dancing about. And it takes someone fun like Ella to sing it properly and do it justice. Ella always has that girlish smile in her voice, and it's front and center throughout this whole song.

And the song itself. It's such a happy, optimistic song! It's one big cheesy grin from start to finish. Kudos goes to Nelson Riddle's arrangement, which skips along with brass flourishy stings after every line. Mojo wishes sometimes she could dance (a congenital abnomality pretty much prevents it) because then she could express her happiness at this song a la Astaire and not by looking like a moron.

Anyway, if you're not in a good mood, I can see this song bringing you down. Because it is so relentlessly cheerful, it mocks you if you are not in That Special Place of Happy. But if you are, this song will keep you there. Ella is happiness anyway--and with lyrics like these, and a strong horn section backing her up, it's just one big smile for your ears!

Things Are Looking Up (1959)

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George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin

From Wikipedia:


"Things Are Looking Up" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress.

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