Monday, April 20, 2015

Steyn on "Fools Rush In," me on She & Him

Over at SteynOnline, Mark has a great essay on Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom's "Fools Rush In" and Sinatra's history with the song. What caught my interest in the first paragraph was his reference to She & Him, favorites of mine, both together and separately. Their recent Classics CD includes "Stars Fell On Alabama," "Time After Time," "Teach Me Tonight," "It's Always You," "We'll Meet Again," "She," "Would You Like To Take A Walk," and my current favorite, the huge Johnny Mathis hit "It's Not For Me To Say." (Why, Frank, why did you never record that beautiful song?)

Zooey Deschanel's charms are obvious. She has a rich voice, though she doesn't often let out the throttle. But M. Ward on his own is well worth a listen. I love I Ain't Never Had Nobody Like You, Rave On (yes, that's the Buddy Holly song, but totally transformed), and Pure Joy. The first two are from Hold Time and the third is from A Wasteland Companion. His idiosyncratic singing style grows on you (at least it did on me) and the theme of redemption which keeps cropping up in his lyrics adds a deeper layer of meaning.

Here's She & Him's "Fools Rush In" and here's Ricky Nelson doing it in 1963:

Episodes of  Ozzie and Harriet often ended with Ricky doing a song. All the girls thought he was dreamy.

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