Artist: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Genre: Swing (Jazz)
Pardon the way that I stare,
there’s nothing else to compare,
beside, her view leaves me weak,
there are no words left to speak.
I’m aware of the plethora of covers of this song (Muse, Heath Ledger, et al) but I guarantee you, this is the most authentic and the best version there is (not to mention, the original one). The song has also played a part in several movies as a soundtrack. So, if it rings a bell, you know why.
Having to be one of the most romantically striking songs there is, the hit track was released back in 1967, the pre-revolutionary era (in terms of music, of course), earning a top position in the billboard charts for a whole week (we don’t respect billboard anymore but back then, the competition was tight), and thereby instantly fetching a gilded record for the artists. During the late 60’s, the highly contagious Rock music was all the rage and Jazz had seen better days. Even if the song is listed as a ‘pop rock’ song, there are certain attributes that make it more of a Swing oriented song; the indiscreet bass guitars, the drums, the lively maracas, an occasional trumpet and the heartfelt, sensual singing that is perfect for serenading a love interest. On the other hand, the lyrics are just as flattering as the rest of the song. If only you could imagine how the ladies back in the day were smitten (just watch the live shows, Frank wasn’t kidding around).
With a song that starts off with a bold instrumental piece, it’s important to maintain the same calibre throughout the entire song and just that has been done so immaculately, with the outstanding chorus and thereon. The mid-20th century flair is very conspicuous and adds to the originality of the song belonging to the worldly genre of Jazz. The song fades into a gradual end with the actual performance still being as intense as ever – guess they had to stop somewhere!
I can’t point the exact time or place of the song’s discovery, but all I remember was how bewitched I was; I often found myself obsessively listening to the tune while goofing around, unwinding after a long day or – pretty much all the time. Everyone deserves a wonderful favorite Swing song and this one has to be mine.
Artist: Louis Armstrong
Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is La Vie En Rose
When you kiss me heaven sighs
And though I close my eyes
I see La Vie En Rose
When you press me to your heart
I’m in a world apart
A world where roses bloom
And when you speak…angels sing from above
Everyday words seem…to turn into love songs
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La Vie En Rose
I guarantee you’ve probably heard this song somewhere, sometime in your life. I myself heard this song in Wall-E and spent a good hour searching for this beautiful, heartfelt tune. And also, might I add how complete my world is, even if for a moment, when I listen to this song?
‘La vie en rosé’ translates to ‘life in pink’. it is a delicate and soulful ballad, made famous by the French singer ‘Edith Piaf‘ in the late 40’s. The song was complete with lyrics and light music until Louis Armstrong, the undeclared ‘god of jazz’ decided to enhance the song with the addition of his infamous saxophone solo. most of the lyrics were omitted because the saxophone, on its own, added a miraculous touch to the end you never knew you needed. Used in over 30 movies, this song captures the essence of love so stupendous, it’ll leave you dazed and smitten within a matter of seconds. the song oozes romance and splendour in a way most post-Jazz songs fail to do so.
There’s really something so extraordinary about Jazz no words can define; it must have something to do with the melodious tune of the saxophones. The early 1900’s were really a golden era for the rise of Jazz music, with wonderful artists like ‘Ray Charles’, ‘Eartha Kitt’, ‘Duke Ellington’, ‘Aretha Franklin’, and our very own ‘Louis Armstrong. Amidst the rise in struggle for equality, Jazz was the music that embraced everyone and showed no discrimination on the basis of a person’s skin color. as a matter of fact, most of these Jazz artists were people of color and that paved way for a historical movement that, essentially, changed the world. not only did it help eradicate racism, it also gave opportunities for women of color (and women alike) to prove their excellence outside the house. Jazz, with such a rich and fluent history, is most likely to go extinct within a few decades due to the lack of talented and skilled artists and the alarming rise in popularity of Pop music. If a genre of music helped create such a revolution, it must be celebrated in the best way possible: by preserving its authenticity and integrity.
The next time you’re in Paris having a breakfast in the balcony, (or doing anything, anywhere, for that matter) don’t forget to play this song on repeat for it with soothe your senses and tell you why your life is worth living.