What a great song – not the Will Smith version with the same name – the George Gershwin / DuBose Heyward / Ira Gershwin 1935 original.
It comes from the 1935 musical Porgy and Bess. I love this song, it has so much in it and if you sing, you understand the feeling and emotion that was written in both the music and the lyrics.
It is said to be based on a Ukrainian lullaby called Oi Khodyt Son Kolo Vikon (A Dream Passes By The Windows).
I still remember my grandmother singing this one, always such a calming way to spend a summer evening – especially if you had fallen out of a tree ;-P
American Idol brought this into the current generation again with Fantasia Barrino‘s version on her Free Yourself album.
If you’ve never heard it, try and get a recording by Paul Robeson – WOW – did that guy have a voice. Summertime and Ol’ Man River really are a delight to experience. It kinda makes you feel like your missing out with some of the pop songs we have today…
Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear the original lullaby sung by the Shady Lady herself Ani Lorak?
Yes, Eurovision came and went, but how did Spain get any points with a song that relied more on hairstyles than music!?
The Russians did well, but I think the song was alright, but was definitely improved by the Olympic ice skater…
Not entirely sure, but does that mean that the visual aspects of a song make it sound better? You can find some clips around the webscape if you want to see what I’m talking about.
Not that I’m one to knock the power of images with music, it’s just that was meant to be a song competition!
Just about everyone recognises the Rolling Stones ‘tounge and lips’ image, possibly because Mick Jagger has a similar look…
By comparison, The Beatles image was limited to spelling – plus some amazing photos.
I think the idea of the Eurovision competition is in danger of being a talent show with a predictable result. Two years ago Finland supplied a ‘Monster Metal Rock Band’ who