Tag Archives: Louis Armstrong

Holiday Song of the Day “Baby its Cold Outside”

The Holiday Song of the Day today is for Kathleen.

Louis Armstorn and Velma Middleton improvising will make you smile and then LOL as more ad-libbing ensues!

“Baby Its Cold Outside,” with words and music by Frank Loesser, premiered in 1944 when he and his wife Lynn Garland sang it at their housewarming party, signifying to guests that it was time to go home.

My favorite version–recorded by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting in 1949.

Get a fresh start on Saturday after the world ends tomorrow

We’ve been hearing so much about tomorrow’s end of the world that we figured today is a good time to consider a fresh start–after the world ends tomorrow.  Funny, the Mayan’s don’t think the world will end tomorrow.  But that hasn’t stopped crazies around the world from fearing 12/21/12.  According to this article, the Mayans will “mark the new calendar with prayer and traditional ceremonies.”

So perhaps we should too.  After all, it is the winter solstice, a time when people of all traditions look to the return of the light — both physically (days will start getting longer on Saturday) and spiritually.  A good time to open Pandora’s box back up and grab the hope that still lies at the bottom.

Here’s a hopeful view of the world as sung by the great Louis Armstrong.

You wouldn’t think of this song as controversial, would you?  But it was when it was released in 1967, because of it’s subtle, anti-racist tone, mostly due to this stanza:
The colors of the rainbow
so pretty in the sky 
Are also on the faces
of people going by

ABC Records refused to promote it, so it sold fewer than 1000 copies in the U.S., while becoming a huge #1 hit in the U.K.  Of course, it’s a standard now and was performed beautifully by Gloucester’s youngest rock star, Snoop Maddie Mad this past June:

So much for the genius of record labels.

No major label artists in town this weekend, but who cares?  Check out Gloucester’s major talent (see complete live music schedule here) and get ready to party like it’s the end of the world!

Thanks to all who helped raise money for The Rockaways on Sunday

This just in from Will Hunt:

Thanks to the generosity of musicians and audience, we raised over $400 for relief efforts in the Rockaways on Sunday night. Thanks also go out to the Hive and David Brooks, for providing the venue as well as the Van Ness Group, Joanne Silva, the Gloucester Times and the Beacon for helping publicize the event. Terrific musical performances were enjoyed by all. Ron Schrank, Allen and Dylan Estes, Guy Zacardi, the Satch Kerans Band, the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Just Like Newman, the Gordonaires, Ed Sakurai, and finally the BFs kept things rocking until Cape Ann’s own hurricane survivor and New Orleans native Henri Smith, backed by Tucker Lindquist, Ira Levine, Janice Fullman and John Buckner, ended with a soulful and heartfelt rendition of “Wonderful World” that really drove the message home…we are all in this together.
Thanks again everyone for helping spread some love in a dangerous, but indeed wonderful world.
                                                                                              Will Hunt
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