EllaGeek User Reviews:

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 05:24 Misty mojo
Misty (1960)

Okay, True Confessions time. Mojo is not a particular fan of the song "Misty". It ranks right up there with the song "Feelings", as being the sort of song that people sing in talent shows. The same talent shows where a group of friends gets...

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 05:21 In the Still of the Night mojo
In the Still of the Night (1956)

This is an "okay" song. It's got a nice sort of cha-cha beat going, and some nice--but not sheer genius--word play going on. I think my favorite part of the song is the chock-fulla-rhymes windup at the very end: "Like the moon growing dim on...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 05:39 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off mojo
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (1959)

When I was a wee lass I was a diehard Monty Python fan. Which has nothing whatsoever to do with Ella and only has a very slight relevance to this song.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 05:56 Gone With the Wind mojo
Gone With the Wind (1960)

Ahhh. Now THIS is the first song in this excellent concert, as far as I'm concerned, since it was the opening song in the original CD, before they added all the bonus songs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 05:21 Too Darn Hot mojo
Too Darn Hot (1956)

Ahhh. When Mojo was a young and socially awkward teen (as opposed to an old teen, I guess), she decided the best way to combat this awkwardness was to join her high school's theater club, which meant at least she could behave...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 05:59 My One and Only mojo
My One and Only (1959)

I've always thought of this song as a tap dance waiting to happen. I suppose this is true of a lot of musical theater songs, at least from the 1920s and 30s, and the Gershwins got many of their shows and songs turned into Hollywood musicals with...

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 05:57 Our Love Is Here to Stay mojo
Love Is Here to Stay (1960)

Yeah, I know, the PROPER name of this song is just "LOVE Is Here to Stay", but that's not how the lyrics go. Researching this song on Wikipedia tells us Ira wanted to change the name but never got around to it. It's also the last...

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 05:53 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) mojo
Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) (1956)

I'm always a little sad when I hear this version of this song, though not for the obvious reasons. It's a good, slow wronged-woman ballad saved from boredom by cleverly subversive lyrics. You don't really expect the line "When the mob came and...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 14:50 But Not For Me mojo
But Not For Me (1959)

This version of "But Not For Me" won Ella a Grammy for best female vocal performance in 1960, and if you have ears you can immediately hear why. Everything about this song is just achingly perfect--tempo, mood, pitch. Of course when you are...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 05:08 That Old Black Magic mojo
That Old Black Magic (1960)

I thought my first exposure to this song was Liza Minnelli singing it on the Muppet Show with Dr. Teeth. I seem to remember them dancing with Dr. Teeth's scarily-long striped arms and him shouting "Put out the fire!" when called upon. So I did a...