Mondays Need a Little Music: The Andrews Sisters

When my taste in music began shifting away from the pop-rock I’d steeped myself in high school and most of college to classic 40s, 50s, and 60s tunes a few years ago, The Andrews Sisters was one of the first group/artists to really catch my ear in the way modern bands used to. Their beautiful, precise melodic lines never fail to please me, and unlike some artists from the era whose hits tickle my ear while everything else falls a little flat, The Andrews Sisters’ entire discography presents exciting music that ranges through a variety of emotions.

The first tune I discovered by them was ear-worm enducing “Rum and Coca-Cola” – a fun tune that I admit remains one of my favorites with its wonderful rhythm and simple arrangement that makes it easy to sing and easily helps one envision the charms of summer.

The most popular song in their arsenal is of course their “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,”a tune that solidly shows off their status as a wartime trio. This song wonderfully shows off Patty’s vocals as the lead, and every time I hear it, I become convinced, once again, that I must teach myself how to execute that wonderful growl! For a discography full of pretty, seamless arrangements, Patty could sure bring out the grit when she wanted to.

At risk of listing every single Andrews Sisters song in this post, I’ll leave only two more, my favorite of their long list of recordings, “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” and “Carmen’s Boogie.” The lyric of the first paired with the melody line is so pleasant when coupled with the jazzy underpinnings. While not a complicated arrangement, and not one that requires complicated vocals, this is just one of those lighthearted, simple tunes that relaxes me while appealing to the wistful romantic in me.

“Carmen’s Boogie” simply features one of the most enticing and satisfying melodies of all time, perfect for a good dance and a good sing.

If you’d like to catch a few more of their tunes, I would suggest also trying out “Six Times a Week and Twice On,” “Melancholy Moon,” “One Meat Ball,” “Down in the Valley,” “I Love You Much too Much,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” or “Aurora,” but honestly, any song from their discography is worth listening to.

Do you have a favorite Andrews Sisters tune? A favorite trio group? I’d love to hear and find new music!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Mondays Need a Little Music: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”

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Hello everyone!

It’s been quite some time since I posted music, so figured I would get back into the swing of things; after all, my blog isn’t just about reviews and outfits. A trap so easy to fall into!

With summer weather hitting Arizona in full force, I’ve been listening to my musicals playlist on my iPod, hoping to distract my brain from the heat burning through my body and my soul (not to be dramatic…) with songs that I can sing along to. The most appropriate of the lot, and the one I find myself listening to on repeat given the appropriate topic is “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein tune from their darkest musical, Carousel. This is a bright, and cheery melody that also happens to feature some adorable dancing in the film. Although I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this musical performed live, I absolutely adore the film adaptation and its cast that features the same leads featured in 1955’s Oklahoma! (Shirley Jones and Gorden MacCrae), and the adorable Barbara Ruick (who played one of the stepsisters in 1965’s Cinderella adaptation). This song reminds me that some people actually love summer and live in climates where it doesn’t feel like you’re trying to survive in a volcano, and I love that! 

Although I’ve always been the biggest fan of Oklahoma! – as most R&H fans are – Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals in general will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am always so ecstatic to find fellow fans when so many dismiss these classics as too cheesy or boring. And the styles are absolutely adorable in this particular film adaptation! 

Enjoy,

Miss Lark Bahar

Mondays Need a Little Music: “The Monkey’s Uncle”

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As I’m diving headlong into final papers and presentations, I’ve found myself listening to my trusted Disney playlist as I let the familiar soak in and my mind occasionally (or constantly) wander to places I’d rather be (like Disneyland). In this playlist is a song that I’ve still never seen the actual film for that came in one of my compilation albums: Annette Funicello & The Beach Boys’ “Monkey’s Uncle.” The first time I heard this song, I had no idea what I was listening to (aside from a catchy 60s tune and beat), and I can honestly say that it is still one of the most ridiculous songs out there………….but it’s so damn infectious, I have to listen to it every time it comes on. Gotta love that carefree feeling – and it’s such a fun escape! Besides, everyone loves Annette, right?

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Mondays Need a Little Music: “Walk the Line” OST

This past week has been quite the stressful one for me, so I’ve been listening to some tunes I can really sing along to as a distraction. Everyone who knows me well is well aware that I have a thing for duets and biopics about musicians and other older artists, so I’ve had the “Walk the Line” soundtrack with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon on repeat as a way to let out some steam. Although the original Johnny Cash might be unbeatable, Joaquin’s voice always astounds me and his portrayal of Johnny Cash feels just right.

Although I’d personally never listened to June Carter before the movie (and I generally don’t still, with the exception of her duets with Johnny), I’m almost more enamored with Reese’s voice than I am with Joaquin’s. Her perfect country twang feels like an immediate pick-me-up, and it’s fun to sing along to even if country normally isn’t your thing. Their voices together make nothing short of magic. “Jackson” is my personal favorite of the lot, but not a single song on this soundtrack deserves to go unnoticed. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out! But be prepared for the rollercoaster ride that was Johnny Cash’s life.

In the meantime, take a listen to the full soundtrack that includes almost everything from the film (a notable exception being one of my favorite covers: June Carter’s “Time’s A-Wastin'”).

What’s your favorite?

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Mondays Need a Little Music: “Üsküdara Gİderİken”

Welcome to my first music feature!

Weekly I’m going to post a specific song that catches my heart and my mind in some way. Whether it be a song I’ve had on repeat, one that’s impacted my life, or something new I’ve discovered.

Today’s feature song is the classic Turkish song “Üsküdara Gideriken.” This is a song that, like all young Turkish children, I grew up singing non-stop, and the melody still runs through my mind and out of my lips on occasion. It was such a pleasure when I began diving into 1930s-1960s music to find Eartha Kitt’s cover of this classic and iconic Turkish song. Although she has a strong accent and takes some artistic liberties, it’s amazing to see a piece of Turkish (and Ottoman) culture brought to the light for audiences in the United States. This song went on to be a Top 40 hit of Eartha’s in 1953 but hasn’t seemed to have survived in the same way other hits of hers have. The song tells of a woman and a scribe, and their journey together to Üsküdar across the Bosphorus.

I’m attaching a fabulous video of Eartha performing the song live in the ’60s as well as a version sung by Safiye Ayla – a famous singer of Turkish Classical Music – so you can hear the original tone, sound, feel and pronunciation of the song.

Hope you enjoy!

Love, Miss Lark Bahar

“Üsküdar’a gider iken aldı da bir yağmur,
Kâtibimin setresi uzun eteği çamur.
Kâtip uykudan uyanmış gözleri mahmur.
Kâtip benim ben kâtibin el ne karışır,
Kâtibime kolalı da gömlek ne güzel yaraşır.
Üsküdar’a gider iken bir mendil buldum,
Mendilimin içine lokum doldurdum.
Kâtibimi arar iken yanımda buldum.
Kâtip benim ben kâtibin el ne karışır,
Kâtibime kolalı da gömlek ne güzel yaraşır.”

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