Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sigh....

I've mentioned in previous posts that I'm an enormous fan of the big band era, and the music of the 40's.  Give me Bing, Frank, and Rosemary on my car radio and I'm good for HOURS!

My XM radio's 40's station is where I recently discovered, and fell in love with, the voice of  Margaret Whiting. The recordings of her performing Moonlight in Vermont, A Tree in the Meadow, and my personal favorite, You Do, are so clear and pretty, they've actually reduced me to tears.

So I went on YouTube today to try and find one of those recordings to share with you, and was disappointed when I found none.  I instead came upon THIS lovely piece, The Lies of Handsome Men, and I knew immediately it's what I wanted to post today.

Like Rosemary Clooney, Margaret performed well into her later years, when her voice was much older and harsher.  This is a recording from those "twilight years," so you won't get to hear the clear, sweet tones of her earlier days.  But I think it's lovely, in it's own way.  And the slide show is just, well, DELICIOUS!  Swoon with me for a minute, won't you?.......

21 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

I had totally forgotten about Margaret Whiting until I read this! Of course, the fact that I remember her gives away my age!!

Red Shoes said...

There is some absolutely WONDERFUL music from that era... When I hear Harry Connick Jr., I am reminded of this era...

How are you?!? :o)

~shoes~

blueviolet said...

I have never heard of her before, but I love the Big Band era too. I took a class in college which was an appreciation type course and it's one of my favorite college memories.

Her voice is so rich and full...just gorgeous!

Jeff Broz said...

Love you!! Call me sometime... or even better Skype me... work or home!
WORK: jbrozcsb
HOME: jeffbroz

Thanks for the song... I wish I lived back then... simpler times and wonderful music. ~sigh~

Sylvia K said...

Wow! That brought back some memories! Great voice! And I'd almost forgotten how handsome those guys were back then! The scary part is how long ago they (me)were that young! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Frances said...

Lovely song and definitely a swoony slide show. Why aren't actors that handsome any more???

Noelle said...

I swooned...and now will look for a cd to buy...that was lovely!

My grandpa was mostly blind the last few years of his life and couldn't do much but listen to books on tape and music...he LOVED the big band music and I spent many nights sitting next to him listening to the music.

Thanks for the memory.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Nice song and while I am not a huge fan of the era I always enjoy it when it's on yet it is not something I tend to search for.

Thanks for the afternoon music to work by.

Being Me said...

I adore the music of this era too. Have never heard of Margaret Whiting, will have to check her out some more. And my, what a great slide show! Amazing tribute really. Was worth watching for Gene Kelly alone ;)

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Dear Joan,

This piece made me feel like I was in fairy-tale era! This girl sounds so powerful...

That reminds me, I was serious when I asked for you to post your singing someday. Is that someday going to be soon??!

A shower of love, peace and happiness coming your way. :) :) :)

Erika said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Good find!

Cheeseboy said...

You are always educating me in the ways of cool gone by.

LucyCooper said...

I want to wear white gloves, and a party dress, and go dancing!

Jessica said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

~Green Eyes~ said...

I love listening to all kinds of music, I enjoyed that, thanks for posting it.

Chrystal said...

Love it!

Langdowns said...

Lovely!!

Fragrant Liar said...

Yes, Swooners 'r Us! She really does sound like Rosemary Clooney. I think they left out a hottie from that era, Jeffrey Hunter. Interesting that most all (if not all) of those men are now gone.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Hi Joan

I hope everything is going well for you.

~Ron

themommydaddy said...

WOW!

themommydaddy said...

I just listened to this song about ten times in a row. WOW!

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