Almost 66 years ago, on August 4, Magnificent Obsession was released. A technicolor drama romantic film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The movie was originally based on the 1929’s novel Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was one of four of his books that were eventually made into blockbuster motion pictures, the other three being The Robe, White Banners, and The Big Fisherman. While Magnificent Obsession had had a pretty successful run at the box office, it’s important to remember Frank Skinner’s magnificent score in the movie as well. The two-part orchestral rendition is sumptuously splendid on its own and is indisputably one of the finest from the composer. Listen.
It was at this year’s Dover Lane Music Conference where Vidushi Bombay Jayashri’s (Ramnath) elegance was incomparable. She came, she performed for almost an hour and a half and left. She didn’t talk much. But it was her singing and improvisations that did most of the talking for her through the Carnatic music. If it was not for the management of the Dover lane Conference, she would have stayed and performed a little longer. It was apparent that the audience wanted more of her voice. This performance was a little confounding, quite soothing and mostly enthralling. The soulful kritis and tillana that she performed were downright delightful and fascinating. She is an Academy Award nominee for best original song after all. For someone coming from India, it sounds invigorating. Mostly to the people pursuing the same route of music she leads. Jayashri has sung for multiple movies, one of which the Life of Pi has led her to the nominee for best original score, but it’s mostly her classical performance that’s her hybrid offering. “The …
Frank Sinatra’s most celebrated collaboration of the 60s wasn’t with an orchestra or a luminary songwriter, but with his daughter, Nancy Sinatra. The song Somethin’ stupid had first appeared a year before the Sinatras shared their love for singing with each other. It was originally a duet between C. Carson Parks and his wife, Gaile Foote, written by Parks himself. Somethin’ Stupid tells a story about a man and a woman enjoying each other’s company until one of them spoils that by saying Somethin’ Stupid….”And then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin’ stupid like, ‘I love you’” the chorus sings. The track was issued in 1967 as a single and later appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1967 album The World We Knew. Frank and Nancy’s version keeps the basic arrangement of the original, but while Parks and Foote’s vocals are well complementary to each other, the Sinatras’ were a bit harsh on the surface, pushing Nancy Sinatra’s voice under Frank Sintra‘s. Somethin’ Stupid was nominated for the Record Of The Year at the 10th Grammy Awards, losing …
In Your Own Sweet Way was written around 1952, published in 1955 and later released on July 16, 1956, on Brubeck Plays Brubeck. The same year Miles Davis recorded the standard twice — once in March with Sonny Rollins as the quintet’s saxophonist, and in May with John Coltrane and released it on his 1959’s album – Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. In 1960, Wes Montgomery covered and featured the standard as the 6th track on his fourth album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery. Later in 1963, Clare Fischer recorded a solo piano version which was then featured on his album Easy Livin’ released in 1966 as a limited edition and reissued in 1968 again. Bill Evans also included the standard on the live album Time Remembered’s 1999 cd track list. Many other artists have covered the jazz standard since its publication. Listen.
It has become quite a trend lately that bigger movies coming along not only with an intangible soundtrack but using even bigger artists to make a confederate album. After the huge success of the Black Panther album, The Lion King had its own path to tag along with. And as an upshot, the audience received The Lion King: The gift from Beyoncé. The album was mostly produced by Beyoncé including an appearance from Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage and others. Albeit the movie has not lived up to everyone’s expectation, But The Lion King: The Gift’s warm production and excellent songwriting will make you forget about the remake’s comparative failure right away.
Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed la Javanaise originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The story behind the song goes: One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. The song has been used in many movies. From 1998s romantic comedy Dieu seul me voit (Only God Sees Me) to 2017s academy award wining romantic dark fantasy The Shape of Water and it has been as fascinating every single time.
Skating In Central Park was originally written by John Lewis for Odds Against Tomorrow, a 1959’s film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The Modern Jazz Quartet recorded the tune for the film and for their album Music from Odds Against Tomorrow and released it in 1959 on United Artists Record. Bill Evans and Jim Hall re-record the waltz and released it on their 1962 album Undercurrent on United Artists, which Jazz critic Pete Welding stated: “This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear—now or any other time.” The album cover for Undercurrent is originally Toni Frissell’s photograph Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida.