22 January 2007
This week every one and their cousin have thrown their hats into the Presidential ring. It is a long, long time from here to November, and I shall pay attention to them in due course. All those flying hats made me think of a man who knew how to wear one while writing wonderful music, smoking a cigarette, and playing a piano.
If you are old enough to remember or young enough that you don't know. It's time to pay a visit to Hoagy Carmichael. Fred Astaire danced to his music. Louis Armstrong was one of his great friends, Ray Charles recorded one of his greatest hits, and Hoagy got nominated and/or received Oscars as if they were door prizes.
If you are a singer of jazz or ballads, you have probably sung a Hoagy Carmichael song. While you are on the bio site above, take a listen to some of the best.