09 June 2009
Happy Birthday Cole
If you love American Standards or you love musical theater or you just love great wit and humor, this is a day for celebration. Cole Porter would have been 118. If life were truly fair, he would still be around being brilliant, witty, charming and creative. Since he's not, we have to settle for the genius he left behind.
If you aren't familiar with the man or his music (Does anyone like that exist?), you can go to Cole Wide Web for just about anything and everything you might want to know. There are any number of biographies written about him available on Amazon, and the movie De-Lovely starring Kevin Kline as Cole and Ashley Judd as Linda is quite well done and really focuses on the music even more than the man. It also has the plus of hearing John Barrowman singing Night and Day. John has since gone on to do a CD, John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter, but no need to stop there since virtually every performer with vocal chords has at one time or another sung Porter.
I'll let you go to You Tube to play all the delovely love songs and dance away the night in a fond embrace to Begin the Beguine. For now, one of my favorite "witty" songs:
Well Did You Evah from High Society, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby
And as the perfect end to everything:
Everytime We Say Goodbye, Natalie Cole