Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mercoledi Musicale

As well as having a way with a patter song Noel Coward knew how to sell - and write - a ballad. He constantly plays around the beat of the song, sometimes holding back and at other times anticipating. He had no formal music training although he did take singing lessons to work on his technique. He was a self-taught pianist and if I remember correctly from one of his biographies, would work out his music on the piano then have someone else copy the notes down.




And here's the great Dinah Washington doing what is, without a doubt, the best version of Coward's Mad About the Boy



23 aprile - San Giorgio

6 comments:

evilganome said...

Noel Coward and Dinah! You are on a roll here Willym.

Doralong said...

They were both incomparable..

Lorraine said...

Love me some Noel Coward!

sageweb said...

Wow that was nice, are you still in Venice phantom posting?

Auld Hat said...

I am so ashamed...
I have this song in my player from an internet download and it's filed under Eartha Kitt!
(let the flogging commence)

Elizabeth said...

Lovely songs. Hope you're having a wonderful time in Venice. Thanks so much, dear, for the cyber candle, and all the kind messages on the blog. It meant a lot. xoxo