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I've Got Beginner's Luck

Okay, more True Confessions. This is a frothy nothing of a song, yet it holds a tiny little place in my heart, and hence if I were to be brutally honest with you, I have to admit that I like it. Why is this, Mojo? Why do you so brutally diss "Misty", but then THIS song, which NO ONE except Gershwin freaks has EVER HEARD OF, gets the "Mojo Sorta Likes It" treatment? All the "Misty" fans are congregating in Room 43 to plan their attack while Mojo attempts to stammer her way through THIS one. --Wait! There's MORE!

So We're Rolling....

I have gotten tired of tweaking, so I'm just gonna announce the site and iron things out as I go along.

I have finally decided on a routine, but it's going to take a while for the site to catch up to said routine. For starters, I went ahead and made records for a whole bunch of songs before it dawned on me that Ella recorded several versions of the same song. Plus I got ahead of myself writing reviews and whatnot. So one of my tweaks involved starting to go back and re-work all the previous work, and put dates (year recorded) on each song as I bring it up to speed. So this will take a while before things catch up, since I'm only posting one review a day. The casual reader will especially notice this on the album page for Ella Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, since that was the first album I started importing songs and reviewing, being the first Ella album I ever purchased. --Wait! There's MORE!

Misty

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 together to "dance" and the choreography just sort of goes "stomp, stomp, stomp, *clap*, stomp, stomp, stomp, *clap*" in time to the music. Which was pretty interminable in junior high, but then inexplicably became some sort of trend for a year called "line dancing" when Mojo was a young adult. --Wait! There's MORE!

In the Still of the Night

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 the rim of the hill in the chill still of the night". That's from memory, so I might have a word or two wrong, but there's the general idea. It doesn't look that great in print, okay, but I like how it goes in the song. Guess you have to be there, huh? --Wait! There's MORE!

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

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. --Wait! There's MORE!

In Memoriam...

While the thesis of this whole site is indeed "All Ella, All the Time" I simly have to take time out for a second to remember Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, who passed away yesterday. She had a heckuva voice.

One of my favorite albums when I was a kid (my pre-Ella days) was "Peter, Paul and Mommy"... *sniff*

Gone With the Wind

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. --Wait! There's MORE!

Too Darn Hot

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 stupidly and sing obscure songs with other people instead of in the silence of her lonely room, as Cole Porter once wrote. --Wait! There's MORE!

My One and Only

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 folks like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly kickin' around to Gershwin tunes. Of course Hollywood is not known for maintaining any sort of artistic integrity--I'm sure if there were a market for it Louis B. --Wait! There's MORE!

Our Love Is Here to Stay

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 piece of music George wrote; the words were composed after his death. --Wait! There's MORE!

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