Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nothing is more relaxing and enjoyable to me on a Sunday evening than to do a song. So, if you will once again indulge me, this is a classic by the great Duke Ellington. He was truly a legend in his own time. No one was more revered. Everyone knew that he was really gifted. He played the piano as easily and effortlessly as most people breathe.  

When George Gershwin was getting ready to perform his historic Rhapsody in Blue for the first time in 1924, he personally invited Duke Ellington to attend. And Ellington did. 

Everybody wanted to play with him and record with him. His songs, such as Sophisticated Lady, Satin Doll, Take the A Train, Mood Indigo, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, and It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing became not just musical standards, but signs of the time in which he lived. They are deeply embedded in our culture. And that includes this song from 1944 which became a big hit for Ella Fitzgerald, I'm Beginning To See The Light

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