I could easily get side-tracked on 100's of Doris Day songs I really like, but we need variety too. Maybe it's time to throw in some genuine "tippy-top" gifted singing. There's so many to choose from... but this is one of them. Really sends me....
I am guessing only a serious Doris Day lover would have this song... "Please Mr. Sun." I purchased the CD years ago called: "Doris Day - S'Wonderful" (1995 Hindsight Records) and it is listed as a "Previously unreleased bonus track." So I got to thinking... because it was recorded the same year that Johnny Ray had the hit in 1952, and they were both under contract with Columbia Records. Hmmm... they gave the hit to Johnny, but Doris's Version, is to me, clearly the better version! They held her version back so that it did not compete with Johnny Ray's... I could be wrong? What do you think?
I've been waiting for about 4-years for somebody to put it on YouTube so I could share it (I don't have a YouTube Channel or I would have done myself!)
Anyway, I found it by chance today... and guess what? It had just been posted, and it had "0 views." I was the first one to watch it!!! What timing!
November 20th... anybody sick of winter yet? Some people make some interesting videos, this is one of them. Only a few people could make this time-lapse journey on the frozen river between Canada and Northern Michigan. The ice cutters at high speed are almost comical, but at night-time... my goodness! Wowzer... it's going to be a long winter! Patience, patience, my child...
Back when I was in the process of collecting Doris Day's music, being a big fan for years, I purchased the "Day By Day, Day By Night" CD. When it arrived, I played it, skipping from song to song. It didn't register for me... too slow I thought. I don't think I had ever heard music this slow.... I put it away, choosing my other DD songs over this.
However, after several "half-baked" listens to it, over a period of about 12-years, I put it in the player again, and sat down and listened uninterrupted. Wow! I heard it like I had never heard it before!!!! This is a masterpiece!!! Now it is one of my favorites. That's when I started wanting to learn to play standards on guitar... starting with the second song below... I call it my bedtime music now... and sing along with her. Just beautiful, we sound great together!
Day By Day - 1st Song... "The Song Is You"
Day By Night - 1st Song... "I See Your Face Before Me" Wow! I am the first again to view this YouTube! It had 0-views and was just posted. That's twice now in 10 days!!! Something magic going on here folks... (see Nov. 14 post above)
Jazz guitar octave licks... made popular by Wes Montgomery, is playing two notes (the same note) an octave apart while muting the rest of the strings. It is used to embellish the playing of just a single note as demonstrated below. We've all heard this before somewhere.
Here we have the same principle of octave licks applied vocally in the Michael Franks/Valerie Simpson duet. By the way, Michael Franks plays jazz guitar... as well as sings. Awesome effect Michael and Valerie!!! And thank you Wes Montgomery...
Al Bowlly, nicknamed "The Big Swoon," was Great Britian's most popular dance band singer of the romantic 1930s; and recorded over 500 songs with the Ray Noble Orchestra, in a period of 4-years. His complete discography was closer to 1000. He also played guitar... more on him later.
"Al Bowlly is invariably credited with inventing crooning, or "The Modern Singing Style", releasing a book of the same name. Bowlly experimented with new methods of amplification, not least with his Melody Maker advert, showing him endorsing a portable vocal megaphone. With the advent of the microphone in 1931, Al adapted his singing style, moving away from the Jazz singing style of the 20s, into the softer, more expressive crooning singing style used in popular music of the 1930s and 1940s. It was Bowlly's technique, sincerity, diction and his personality that distinguish him from many other singers of the 1930s era." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Bowlly
Prior to the advent of the microphone and amplification, singers needed to project their voices to the back row of the theater to be heard, which resulted in a more Broadway style of belting it out like Al Jolson. "Crooning," a empathically sentimental and emotional style of singing, was at first considered a denigrated form of singing, and associated with debauchery as stated by "The New York Times" during its early beginnings. Singers in the US were reluctant to be classified with this sort of singing in its early stages.