Saturday, April 14, 2012

Song for Saturday 4/14/12

A beautiful song that I’ve always loved & that fits my springtime mood just about right. “The People that You Never Get to Love” is by Rupert Holmes, a true renaissance sort who has achieved success as a playwright, a singer-songwriter, composer & fiction writer.   Although some of Holmes' compositions are better known, for me “The People that You Never Get to Love” captures a certain existential romanticism perfectly, with smart, sensitive lyrics & a haunting melody.

This version is sung by the great Susannah McCorkle, one of the best Great American Songbook interpreters & one of my favorite contemporary jazz singers. One can only wish she’d had a longer career & life—thinking of McCorkle’s story, I’m prompted to say: Friends, if you’re dealing with depression, please reach out to someone who can help. As this song suggests, a lifetime is a precious & fleeting thing.

There is a bit of an issue with the audio on this video (some clipping) that isn't on the recording itself, but I decided the song is so good I'd post it anyway—this is the only copy of McCorkle's version I can find on YouTube.  I found it's quite a bit less noticeable if you don't listen to it thru headphones; more incentive for you to seek out the original!

Hope you enjoy your Saturday—if people like the Song for Saturday concept, it may become a semi-regular feature!

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