It's almost time for holiday break - hooray! - so this will be the last Cheerful Earfull post until the new year. Will you miss me? What wonders will the new year bring? World peace? An end to hunger? Less of this? Oh, I hope and pray for all three. In the meantime, three Cheerful Exclusives! just for you.
Let's start with Fred Astaire. No, he can't really "sing" in the traditional sense, but jeez, does he ever have rhythm (obviously). There's also something else going on here. Call it a certain tone in his voice; one that's so lively, yet so soothing, you can't help but be drawn in. Ever since I got this, I've been listening to it non-stop, over and over. It's a great CD to play when you're preparing for company for the holiday, whether it be cooking, cleaning, or knocking a few back for no good reason at all.
Meanwhile, whoever's responsible for Kay's Starr's eyebrow situation below must be commended. They're...why, they're perfect (apologies for the pause, I was almost at a lose for words).
Don't you hate wrapping gifts? I do (and I'm awful at it). Don't worry. Keely will get you through it.
1962's "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" finds Keely sidelining jazz for a string of ballads - and the results are both wonderful and unintentionally giggly. Don't get me wrong, she's in fine voice, but the cheeseball orchestrations come at you like a brickbat. So much sugary sorrow, and so loud, as if you're being bear-hugged by a Douglas Sirk movie (and you know how I feel about that). But Keely transcends it all, her voice booming, as if she's trying to obliterate the orchestra (she nearly succeeds).
No, the picture below is not an adult, still-living Carrie White commanding the chandelier to fall on her fellow bar mates. It's some stoned-out-of-her-gourd French woman at Hotel Costes who's, like, sooooo amazed by the chandelier's crystals. Don't judge. We've all been there.
The Secret Song File would like to party tonight. She's already gifted everyone with her mere presence, she's tired of hanging out with her relatives, she's ate some Christmas ham. She just wants to hang with a smart crowd and get dowwwwnnnn.
She has the perfect music to play for such a gathering. It's the new CD from an American, tuxedo-wearing, R&B songstress who no longer has to audition (*cough*) or walk a tightrope (*cough*cough*) to get your attention. Yes, this lady is that (*cough*cough*cough) electric.
Have a wonderful holiday and New Years!
Spread some cheer in the comments, if you like.