But since finals are around the corner, it seems kind of appropriate to comment on what music I listen to while "studying". Which is exactly what I spend most of the time doing. "Studying", not Studying. Eh, what can you do? I'm trying a few different things this time, like a lot of Neko Case along with old jazz and musicals. So far Les Mis is a Yes and A Chorus Line is a definite NO. If I could find my Phantom cds that would probably be a Yes, too.
I really like Julie London. I've always like Julie London. But some people weren't that impressed with her when she first started singing - they'd much rather have looked at her than heard her. She started as a pin-up girl when she was 17. How many Allied soldiers had pictures of her in WWII, do you think?
Here's a version by Susan Boyle that I rather like. I'm really impressed by her. She has a musicality about her singing that's not seen very often, at least in her sort of genre. (I'm placing her in the ex-Broadway star category, since that's what she sings most of the time) This is a song that can't be too subtle - less is literally more - and most people oversing it (in my opinion).
And just because, here's a version by Babs. I think it's a little overdone, which only proves my point that it's a hard song to get right for most divas.