Tuesday 14 August 2018

Working it ou: Moved to tears by Bryan Ferry and deja vu

Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry

John Masterson

I saw a tweet a while back of a cassette tape and a Bic ballpoint. The question posed was what connects these two items? Anyone under a certain age will have no idea. Those of more mature years will remember hours saving their favourite twisted tape. And those people will also remember the hours spent by people putting together compilation tapes for journeys, parties or presents. I know you can do all this on your phone in 10 seconds but it just isn't the same.

Those who know me will know I am a fan of the great American standards. Most of these memorable songs came from musicals. Today they stand alone and we do not even remember where they came from. Many who went to Calamity Jane recently will have re-discovered that The Deadwood Stage (Whip Crack Away), The Black Hills of Dakota and My Secret Love all began life in the same musical.

There is not a day goes by when Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music does not come into my head. I even sing it in the car, badly, and in the shower, worse. And I never see a full moon without thinking of the night my father died, and Sinatra singing Full Moon and Empty Arms. Though I now like Bob Dylan's recent version better.

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