Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Playlist for July 3, 2016: New (Tiny) Infusion (CD) of Music (yum!)

 Ahhhh, a new album! Do they even USE that word "album" anymore? Okay, a new CD! But how long are they even going to use THAT technology? Remember when you got a new record? With covers you could caress, liner notes that came in 10 by 10 "glossy" formats, that you could read without a magnifying glass, and pour over the printed lyrics 'til you'd burned them into brain cells? Those albums were tangible, aesthetic representations of a show...well, at least for me. The closest I could get to Broadway, or La Scala, The Music Box, The Carlyle, a rock concert. Nostalgia coming over me in waves here. Tsunami nostalgia.

But, hey!  I got a new CD! Leslie Odom, Jr. released (in 2014, evidently...where was it hiding?) "Leslie Odom, Jr." ...okay, he seems title challenged, but it's a really excellent first "shot" pre-Hamilton. His voice ranges higher than in that musical, and with the assistance of some excellent arrangements (bongos? YES!), does a tasty job with a few Broadway selections, like "Look for the Silver Lining," "The Party's Over," and (my favorite on this "album") "Joey, Joey, Joey" from The Most Happy Fella. That voice and those lyrics ("like a perfumed woman...the wind blows in the bunk house"), well, it sends me. :) Just listen. You may be "sent" too!

Plus "I Got Rhythm" to the 3rd power, John Barrowman, Yma, a Swing-challenged Roz, and Alex Brightman from School of Rock (called The Sound of Music without the Nazis)...they'll all show up on Sunday.

But, hey, a new CD. So a tiny caress. 

Look For The Silver Lining (Leslie Odom, Jr., )
I Got Rhythm (Mary Martin, Girl Crazy)
I Got Rhythm (Gene Kelly, An American In Paris)
I Got Rhythm (Jodi Benson, Ensemble, Crazy For You)
Cop Song (Jeff McCarthy, Ensemble, Urinetown)
If You Were Gay (John Tartaglia, Rick Lyon, Avenue Q)
Baptize Me (Josh Gad, Nikki James, The Book Of Mormon)
Joey, Joey, Joey (Leslie Odom, Jr.)
Marry Me A Little (John Barrowman, Putting It Together)
Who Are You Now? (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
Something Good (Elaine Stritch)
Night Of My Nights (Richard Kiley, Kismet)
The Olive Tree (Alfred Drake, Kismet)
Najla's Lament (Yma Sumac, Flahooley)
Temptation (Instrumental, Singin' In The Rain)
Mu-Cha-Cha (Judy Holliday, Peter Gennaro, Bells Are Ringing)
Tango De Amor (Instrumental, The Addams Family)
The Beguine (Tamara Long, Steve Elmore, Dames At Sea)
Won't You Charleston With Me? (Ensemble, Paul McGrane And His Bearcats
        Orchestra, The Boy Friend)
Shadow Waltz (Tammy Grimes, Carole Cook, 42nd Street)
Swing! (Rosalind Russell, Wonderful Town)
I Am Aldolpho (Danny Burstein, The Drowsy Chaperone)
Show Tune (Charles Nelson Reilly, Dody Goodman, Ensemble, Parade)
The Next Time I Love (Fia Karin, Parade)
The Grass Is Always Greener (Karen Mason, Karen Ziemba, And The World
         Goes 'Round)
I Don't Remember You/Sometimes A Day Goes By (Jim Walton, Robert
         Cuccioli, And The World Goes 'Round)
In The End Of Time (Alex Brightman, School Of Rock)
Ring Of Keys (Sydney Lucas, Fun Home)
What'd I Miss (Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onandowan,
          Ensemble, Hamilton)

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