Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ella Fitzgerald sings Misty



She is the finest female vocalist ever. I own a number of her collections, but I have not heard her sing this song until now. What a gem.
Female singers, as a general rule, have egos. Even years ago, I noticed, when I sang on an Episcopal church choir, that some of the ladies felt proud that they were sopranos. I was an alto. I tried not to worry about ego because truly, when singing in a religious setting, the music is not about oneself. But on the few occasions when the subject came up, I stated quietly that Ella Fitzgerald was no soprano. And over time I remember thinking that anybody can sing the melody. But learning to sing harmony is more of a challenge and to me, quite satisfying.

The lyrics of Misty are the epitome of romanticism. What is more wonderful than one person declaring their love in unmistakable terms. Naked in their vulnerability. Admirable in their courage.

Look at me,
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud
I can't understand,
I get misty, holding your hand.

Walk my way,
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear,
I get misty the moment you're near

You can say that you're leading me on
But it's just what I want you to do
Don't you realize how hopelessly I'm lost
That's why I'm following you.

On my own,
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left,
My hat from my glove,
I get misty, and too much in love.

I'm too misty, and too much in love

33 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

This current generation of DIVA, as well as pop and rock music, really isn't the quality or even close to the levels established decades ago.

Momma Michie said...

Her voice is so soothing. Thank you for sharing!

Kelly @ Wisdom Begun said...

I LOVE Ella Fitzgerald.

As far as singing, I am in between alto and soprano. So I have never fit in anywhere. Regardless, I think the alto range is just as beautiful as soprano.

LL said...

She has a dusky, full, rich voice and sings the song as if she means it.

Beautiful melody and beautiful lyrics.

Opus #6 said...

Bungalow Bill, ain't that the truth. The majority of today's music doesn't even begin to approach the level.

Opus #6 said...

Momma Michie, glad you liked it. :-)

Opus #6 said...

Kelly, are you on a choir? It is nice to have the flexibility to sing either part.

Opus #6 said...

LL, I have never heard Ella sing a song and not put her heart into it. Even the songs she sang when she was older. There was always a bit of the old Ella in her.

darlin said...

Thank you Opus. What a beautiful way to slide into my day, listening to Ella right now is my calm before the storm. I now want to sit here at my computer, stare out my picture window at the rain drizzling down and forget all the boxes left to unpack behind me.
Shucks, songs over, time to get to work!

Opus #6 said...

Thanks for visiting, Darlin. We all need to unwind sometimes.

Red said...

LOVE her.

Dr. Dave said...

She has such a wonderful voice. This is something to bookmark when I'm at my most stressed. Thanks for posting it, Opus #6.

Opus #6 said...

Red, yes, me too. She's something else, isn't she?

Opus #6 said...

Doc, thanks. I'd be honored to have a post in your bookmarks.

The Gonzo Mama said...

Oooo... look at me! Commenting from my Palm! So glad you changed your comment settings. :)

If you think about it, Misty would make a lovely song of worship... such is getting lost in the Lord.

chupacabra said...

Good stuff thanks a bunch.
She did great things that are sometimes forgotten with Basie, Ellington, Pass and Armstrong.
I was listening to her when if you'd asked any kid who thought they knew me they would expect my 'playlist' to consist of King Diamond, Sex Pistols,LA Guns, Ozzy etc.
Who could FORGET her Memorex commercials?
Does anyone REMEMBER her KFC commercials?

Opus #6 said...

Gonzo Mama, I am commenting back from my cellphone too! Fun!

Nickie Goomba said...

I'm holding a broom, gently but seductively, and dancing around the kitchen.

DC said...

Ah, Opie ... Look at you. Wow, Ella is something. But you know, the personal post at the top put it in context and made it special.

You've encouraged a lot of people this Thursday, including me.

Thanks

DC said...

Do you have your dance partner b/c your woman is not flying today, Nick?

Opus #6 said...

Chup, I'll never forget "is it live, or is it Memorex".

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, incredible song isn't it?

Opus #6 said...

DC, I think blogging is a nice way to share a bit of ourselves. Even our romantic side. It's a part of our shared humanity.

Oh, and you are now on double secret probation. No comments about other woman are allowed on this blog. Especially wives.

DC said...

Okay, if you insist, Opie. So many rules to break, so little time ... if I am on probation but can still comment here, I've done good.

There I go, sidetracking again.

Thanks again for a great post ...

Opus #6 said...

Of course, DC. You retain your commenting privileges. Then again, I will have to supervise you closely....

The_Kid said...

A voice as clear as country water. Karen Carpenter had it too.

Thanks, Nice one.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, karen Carpenter was a great vocalist as well. We are lucky these voices are recorded for posterity.

Lori said...

I can't even come close to being able to sing. A delight, thank you for sharing.



Stopping by to say hello to you and hope you are doing well.
Lori

Opus #6 said...

Lori, great to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

DC said...

Bummer, Nick must still be dancin' with his broom. Some one turn off the music.

Opus #6 said...

DC, our favorite patriot must be out slaying dragons. That's the only thing I can figure. Well, we need good men like him working hard right now. I never question how he spends his time.

The Conservative Lady said...

Lovely. Thanks for posting it.

Opus #6 said...

Conservative Lady, thanks for dropping by!